Graphics for the Theatre of the Oppressed

All images here are available to anyone working with Theatre of the Oppressed. Please credit the artists and if using online, please include a link to this page.

Since 2008 Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed has held public workshops and other events at community spaces in Philadelphia. Some of these events focus on particular Theatre of the Oppressed techniques (including Games for Actors and Non-Actors, Cop in the Head, or The Rainbow of Desire), while others provide ways to dialogue about specific issues (such as relationships, gentrification and undoing racism). Our mission is to make Theatre of the Oppressed (or "T.O." for short) accessible and affordable to people in the Philadelphia area by offering short workshops for a sliding scale tuition. In doing this work we look to T.O.'s founder Augusto Boal for inspiration, as well as the network of other Theatre of the Oppressed and social justice groups who have laid the foundation for how our workshops are put together. The International Theatre of the Oppressed community has been very supportive in sharing its experiences, and now we'd like to give something back: graphics.


For every event that we host, there is a flyer featuring images by visual artists from around the world. Many of these images come from one book: Reproduce & Revolt (or Reproduce Y Rebélate—the entire text is in both English and Spanish), a collection of copyright-free graphics edited by Josh MacPhee and Faviana Rodriguez, published by Soft Skull Press. Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed facilitator Morgan Andrews (also a contributor to Reproduce & Revolt) adapts these images, adding text to suit the material covered in various workshops. We now post a few of these images here so that other people using Theatre of the Oppressed can have a bank of images to promote this work. Reproduce! Revolute! Enjoy!

Top: "Games for Actors and Non-Actors" flyer using Josh MacPhee's image, "Many Hands for Human Need." Courtesy of Reproduce & Revolt.

Above right: "Un-Maksing Relationships" flyer with an image by Morgan Andrews.

Note: All images here are suitable for web-quality reproduction. Some here are quality—click on an image to see. For print quality graphics, email us at "tophilly@gmail.com".
"Theatre of the Oppressed"
Graphic by Morgan Andrews
Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed
"Image Theatre"
Graphic by Clifford Harper (London, England)
Courtesy of Reproduce & Revolt


"Problem Tree" (plus variations)
Graphic by Luba Lukova (Long Island City, NY)
Courtesy of Kayhan Irani, used by permission


Another variation on Luna Lukova's graphic


"Forum Theatre" (a.k.a. "Nothing of Importance to the People is Decided in Ballot Boxes")
Original graphic by Florencia Vespignani (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Courtesy of Reproduce & Revolt

"From Image to Lifeworld"
Another variation on Florencia Vespignani's image



"Images of Transition"
Adapted from a stencil by Josh MacPhee (Brooklyn, New York)
Courtesy of Reproduce and Revolt
 

Graphic by Elizabeth Brady (Baltimore, Maryland)
Courtesy of United Workers

Graphic by Morgan Andrews
Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed
"The Rainbow of Desire" (a.k.a. "Arte Para Todos")
Original graphic by Josh MacPhee (Brooklyn, New York)
Courtesy of Just Seeds, used by permission


Graphic by Morgan Andrews
Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed
Click here for variations on the same image.
Original images by Rini Templeton 
(Taos, New Mexico & Mexico City)
Courtesy of Reproduce & Revolt

Original drawing by Beth Nixon
"Gayer Panchali" ("Song of the Village")
Original graphic from Where We Stand
Courtesy of Jana Sanskriti, used by permission

"We Are All Funhouse Mirrors of Each Other"
Graphic by Morgan Andrews
Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed

2 comments:

  1. is theater of the oppressed coming back to philly?

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  2. Yes! We've been doing work with specific organizations and our friends at Gas & Electric Arts have been leading public workshops in Philly. Look forward to some Forum Theater presentations around LGBT issues, as well as more public workshops this summer!

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