ImaginAction artists have a wide range of skills, so we offer an equally wide range of workshops, masterclasses and participatory arts experiences. Although our methods vary, all of our work–whether a creative writing workshop, applied theater training or participatory photography project–shares a common focus on community engagement and social justice.
ABOUT IMAGINACTION’S WORKSHOPS:
The basic principles of our work are inspired by the techniques of Theater of the Oppressed (TO) that were created by Brazilian visionary, Augusto Boal. Theatre of the Oppressed is a form of popular community based education which uses theater as a tool for social transformation. It’s basic philosophy is to re-humanize humanity. Originally developed out of Boal’s work with peasant and worker populations, it is now used all over the world for social and political activism, conflict transcendence, community building, therapy, and government legislation among other applications.
Designed for non-actors, it uses the universal language of theatre as a springboard for people and whole communities to investigate their lives, identify their dreams, and reinvent their future. T.O. invites critical thinking and dialogue. It is about analyzing rather than giving answers. It is also about “acting” (taking action) rather than just talking. With T.O., people can and often do discover empowering solutions to their own struggles. We use theater as a laboratory to explore alternatives to conflict while at the same time having a great time doing it!
We also embrace the idea that a community is a large, living organism and we use the language of theater to help that organism symbolize and tell its own stories. Once the story is acted on the stage, the living community engages in interactive, Forum Theatre, creating a true community-based dialogue.
Our work is about empowerment – about people being the experts in their own lives and being able to use theatre as a means of creating change.
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