Event: February 11th at The Brecht Forum

I wrote to everyone about the Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory at The Brecht Forum on Saturday, February 11th.  If three more people sign up, we’ll be able to ask about an education discount….It should be an incredible experience.  See below for details!

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard New Office

“We must emphasize: What Brecht does not want is that the spectators
continue to leave their brains with their hats upon entering the
theater, as do bourgeois spectators.”–Augusto Boal

The Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory (TOPLAB)


An Introduction to the Theater of the Oppressed

a one-day workshop

Saturday, February 11, 2012, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm


The Brecht Forum
451 West Street
New York, New York 10014
(212) 924-1858
facilitated by Kayhan Irani and Marie-Claire Picher

This mini-workshop, designed for people who have been curious about
the Theater of the Oppressed (TO) but have not been able to commit to
a full weekend workshop, will present an overview of the basic
exercises, methods and techniques of TO work. The workshop is open to
all, and no theater or drama experience is required. If you’ve been
wondering what this work is all about now is the time to find out!

Please write to toplab@toplab.org tolet us know that you will be attending.

Kayhan Irani, who recently returned from Afghanistan, is an artivist
and and a writer, director, performer and facilitator. In 2010 she won
a New York Emmy award for best writing for We Are New York a 9-episode
broadcast TV drama and English language learning and civic engagement

tool for immigrant New Yorkers. Her acclaimed one-woman show, We’ve
Come Undone, which tells the stories of immigrant women post 9/11, has
toured nationally and internationally. She is a TOPLAB facilitator and
leads workshops for diverse organizations and institutions on a local,
national, and international level—traveling as far as Kabul,
Afghanistan (2010 and 2011) and Baghdad, Iraq (2004) to use theater
for change. She has lead theater programs for community groups, public
schools, juvenile detention facilities, government agencies, and with
the general public. Kayhan has co-edited a volume of essays entitled
Telling Stories to Change the World: Global Voices on the Power of
Stories to Build Community and Make Social Justice Claims (Routledge,
May 2008), about projects around the world that use storytelling as a
way of creating social justice. Kayhan is a member of the Dramatists’

Marie-Claire Picher is a co-founder (1990) of the Theater of the
Oppressed Laboratory (TOPLAB) and has worked and collaborated closely
with Augusto Boal until his death in 2009. One of the most experienced
Theater of the Oppressed practitioners in North America, she has
presented thousands of hours of TO facilitation training in New York
and throughout the United States, as well as in Chiapas, Tabasco,
Mexico City, Guatemala and Cuba.

Tuition–sliding scale: $35-$65
(Active-duty military, recent veterans: $1.00)

Register online at:

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