Unpacking Race • Fall 2016

A workshop series about undoing racism

with Hariprasad Kowtha and Morgan Andrews
Mondays 7–9PM • Oct 17, Oct 24, Nov 7, Nov 14
Circle of Hope, 3800 Marlton Pike, Pennsauken, NJ
Tuition is sliding scale: $45-$145 for the full series
To pre-register, email "tophilly@gmail.com"
You can also email us to inquire about carpooling!

On Monday nights this fall we bring back our popular series on race and racism.  Over the course of four weeks we'll explore this topic through a variety of exercises, discussions, and techniques from the Theatre of the Oppressed, supplemented by things to read and do between sessions. Our aim is to unlearn the systemic racism we’ve been taught throughout our lives, to heal from racial privilege and oppression, and to offer starting points for structural and personal change in ourselves, our communities, and our world. 

The Fall 2016 Unpacking Race Series will be led by a pair of facilitators (read about them below.) Because space is limited and each week's ideas build toward the next, we ask that participants commit to coming to all four sessions. Tuition is sliding scale: $45-$145, payable at the first session. To sign up, email "tophilly@gmail.com" or leave a message at 267-282-1057. You can also contact us about sharing rides to and from the workshop.


Hariprasad Kowtha has dedicated his life to performance as a vector of identity and resistance. He sang bhajans with the South Asian community in Phoenix, Arizona, practiced Carnatic vocals and performed Bharathanatyam. He began practicing large and small group facilitation skills in early high school through the Unitown/Anytown camp program. He currently teaches yoga, meditation and movement at the at a Project Home facility in North Philadelphia with Sheltered Yoga, and recently co-founded Mustard Seed, a South Asian film festival. He joined Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed in 2014 and works as a diabetes counselor at his childhood camp in Prescott, AZ.

Morgan Andrews is a Ukrainian-Irish-American activist-artist from a Muslim-Jewish-Catholic-Unitarian family. He co-founded Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed in 2008 having trained at TOPLAB in New York, with Jana Sanskriti in India, and with T.O.'s late founder Augusto Boal. He's since worked for LGBT youth in Philly, activists in Brazil, German citizens doing holocaust reconciliation work, and with the general public. Morgan also teaches yoga and performs a solo show about dis/ability and passing with the Medium Theatre Company. He holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.


Paloma N. Irizarry and Ariel Morales have also been instrumental in designing this curriculum for T.O. Philly's Unpacking Race series. Ariel laid the foundations for Unpacking Race and co-led our previous series in 2013, and Paloma did the same for our series in the winter of 2016.

Neighborhood Games: Following the Leader

A free T.O. Philly workshop
led by Hariprasad Kowtha
Saturday, September 17
11AM –12:30 PM
Hosted by Asian Arts Initiative
in the Pearl Street Viaduct
1150 Pearl Street, Philadelphia
Register at "tophilly@gmail.com"

Come join Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed as we play games designed to express movement and stillness while in conversation with others. We'll explore what happens when you take someone else's movements and try them on in your own body and see what your movements look like with someone else doing them. FREE outdoor workshop. Dress to move! 

RSVP at "tophilly@gmail.com" or call 267-282-1057. See you there!

Made possible with support from Asian Arts Initiative: www.asianartsinitiative.org

Coming up:

  • Oct 4: Intro to Theatre of the Oppressed
  • Oct 11-25: What Does Democracy Look Like?
  • Oct 17-Nov 14: Unpacking Race