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 include a link to this page if using online. Some images below are print quality—click on one to see. For higher-res graphics, email us at ""

Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed has held public events since 2008. Some of these focus on particular Theatre of the Oppressed techniques (like Games or The Rainbow of Desire), while others target specific issues (like gender, gentrification, and undoing racism). Our mission is to make Theatre of the Oppressed ("T.O." for short) accessible and affordable to people by offering short workshops for a sliding scale tuition. In doing this work we look to the network of other social justice groups who have laid the foundation for how this work gets done. 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 all T.O. Philly events we print a flyer featuring images by visual artists from around the world. Some of these images come from Reproduce & Revolt (a.k.a. Reproduce Y Rebélate—the entire text is in both English and Spanish), a collection of copyright-free graphics, and other images are gathered with permission from the artists. T.O. Philly coordinator Morgan Andrews adapts these images, adding text to suit the material covered in various workshops. Here we offer we offer a growing collection of these images so that other people using Theatre of the Oppressed can have a bank of graphics that can support this work. Reproduce! Multiplicate! Enjoy!

Top: "Games for Actors and Non-Actors" flyer using Josh MacPhee's image, "Many Hands for Human Need." Above right: "Unpacking Race" flyer using a drawing by Florencia Vespignani. Artwork in both images courtesy of Reproduce & Revolt.

"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

"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

"Shedding light on the situations around us"
Other variation on Florencia Vespignani's image

"RIFTS: What Divides Us, What Unites Us"
Adapted from art by
 Rini Templeton 
Courtesy of Reproduce & Revolt

"Images of Transition"

Adapted from a stencil by Josh MacPhee (Brooklyn, New York)
Courtesy of Reproduce and Revolt 
"Justice Theater"
Graphic by Elizabeth Brady (Baltimore, Maryland)
Courtesy of United Workers
"Cop in the Head"
Graphic by Morgan Andrews
Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed

Graphic by Morgan AndrewsPhiladelphia 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

"Unpacking Race"
with images originally by Florencia Vespignani
Courtesy of Reproduce & Revolt

Graphic by Morgan Andrews
Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed

"Workshopping Gender"
Graphic by Morgan Andrews
Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed
Original images by Rini Templeton 
(Taos, New Mexico & Mexico City)
Courtesy of Reproduce & Revolt
"One Big Experiment"
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

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