What does “justice” mean today? 
What could it mean tomorrow?
Led by Mika Taliaferro
PART 1: Wednesday May 21, 6:30-9:00pm
PART 2: Wednesday May 28, 6:30-9:00pm
WHERE: The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
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Join us for this 2-part workshop exploring individual, societal and possible definitions of “justice”.

In the first session we will investigate recent news stories with “justice” featured in the headline. Participants will create pieces of Newspaper Theatre to reveal how the word is used in today’s media and society at large.

In the second session, we will work to re-imagine “justice." To start, we will use Image Theatre to sketch out our own pictures of a more just world. Once we establish a vision of the world we are striving for, we will explore new definitions of “justice” to discover which collective usages will best support the transition.
Mika Taliaferro first fell in love with Theatre of the Oppressed in 2009, when she attended a workshop at Bread & Puppet Theatre in Vermont led by a fellow apprentice. Since then, she has trained, interned and volunteered with several T.O. organizations including Theatre of the Oppressed Laboratory (TOPLAB), Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, People's Theatre Project and, upon moving to Philadelphia, T.O. Philly! Mika holds a BA in Theatre from Wesleyan University where she focused on the intersection of theater and social justice.

Seeing the Mask: Work-self vs. Home Self

A 2-part workshop 
Led by Amy Capomacchio 
and Erika Barrington
WHEN: Monday+Tuesday, May 12+13, 2014
WHERE: The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street

Is the person you act like at work different from who you are at home? We all wear various hats and play a variety of roles in different areas of our lives, and this workshop explores that tension between our work-selves and home-selves by asking the following questions:
  • What societal pressures influence your work environment? 
  • Are the values of your workplace in conflict with your personal values?
  • When is it healthy to be able to play a role, and when is it inhibiting your ability to do your work or make systemic changes?
  • What is your relationship to the monetary compensation you receive for your work?
  • How does society dictate what masks we wear?

Through Theater of the Oppressed techniques, participants will play with the sources and repercussions of these different masks and explore alternative strategies toward reconciling these different sides of self.

About the Facilitators:

Erika Barrington and Amy Capomacchio each hold a Masters in Dance/Movement Therapy from Drexel University. They began work with Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed in 2010 and developed methods for bringing T.O. games and techniques into their work as therapists. This fall, they will present a Theatre of the Oppressed workshop at the American Dance Therapy Association's national conference in New York City.