5 Tuesdays: Nov 7–Dec 5Each session 6:30–9:00 PM
led by Hariprasad Kowtha,
Linnea DeRoche and
Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews
at the Rotunda • 4014 Walnut St.
Tuition: $45–$125 sliding scale
On Tuesday nights this fall we bring back our popular series on race and interrupting racism. Over the course of five weeks we'll excavate this topic through exercises, discussions, and techniques from the Theatre of the Oppressed, and equip participants with things to read and do between sessions. Our aim is to unlearn 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 for ourselves, our communities, and our world.
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED for the Fall 2017 Unpacking Race Series To inquire about or book a future series, email "firstname.lastname@example.org" or leave a message at 267-282-1057.
Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed has run the Unpacking Race curriculum for Widener University, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Philadelphia Theatre Company, Action Reconciliation Service for Peace, Circle of Hope, and at the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference, as well as several times as a public workshop in Philadelphia.
About the facilitators:
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 Ahimsa House and at the YMCA. Hariprasad's work through T.O. Philly has included Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge in collaboration with Mural Arts, the Borderlands workshop series with Paloma Irizarry, and Forum Theatre Performances at the Philly Fringe. He has led the Unpacking Race workshop for the Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Widener University, at the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed in Detroit, and with the general public in Philadelphia and New Jersey.
Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews helped found Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed in 2008 with training from TOPLAB in New York, with Jana Sanskriti in India, and with T.O.'s late founder Augusto Boal. He's brought T.O. to LGBT youth in Philly, globalization activists in Brazil, German citizens doing holocaust reconciliation work, and with the general public. Morgan also teaches yoga at Studio 34 and performs a solo show called CONES about dis/ability and passing. He holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.