T.O. Philly News: 2012-2013

2012 has been filled with new and different things for Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed. We hosted weeknight workshop series in the winter, spring and fall, a summer retreat, a 2-part facilitator/difficultator training, and some of us went to the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference in California. We also led workshops with youth interns from the Urban Nutrition Initiative and for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting's Young Friends group at Camp Onas.

Heading out of 2012 and into 2013 we have some exciting things coming up with different facilitators leading workshops on a variety of topics:
  • November 27 & 29: Guest facilitator Magdalena Scharf returns from Germany to lead workshops about games and language at Studio 34's new arts space!
  • January-March 2013: Ariel Morales and Morgan Andrews present a 5-part workshop series called "Unpacking Race" that will include readings, discussions and Theatre of the Oppressed about race and racism.
  • Forum Theatre? Rainbow of Desire? (See our online glossary for an explanation of these terms): People want to start a group to either create and perform Forum Theatre or to work with Rainbow of Desire techniques. Either of these will require a solid group to meet regularly and consistently. If you are interested, leave us a comment and tell us which you'd like to do!
See you soon!


  1. Hi! I'm a frequent arts-nonprofit volunteer, and I would love to get some experience with Rainbow of Desire, so that I can use it to understand students in short-term volunteer situations. It can be hard to make meaningful contact with youth when you only see them for two hours of their lives and then never again. I need help preparing for that. You can email me at jivereagan at g mail dot com if you have any updates related to this. Thanks!

  2. Thanks Reagan! We'll be in touch!

  3. Hello! I am very interested being a part of the Forum Theater and Rainbow of Desire! I studied theater in college and did sort of independent studies on my own of TO because of my fascination of this type of theater. I also have had some experience from attending some workshops :) I can be contacted via email- rebecca.agnes90126@gmail.com. Look forward to hearing from you!

    1. We will be doing a monthly Rainbow of Desire workshop series beginning in March. Dates will be posted soon!