Theater of the Oppressed--Rehearsal for Reality (or Revolution!)

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Are you looking for new tools to do public work on an issue that you care about?  Are you looking for ways to laugh, learn, and build a public life?  Do you want to be part of a broader Twin Cities community of artists and community organizers?

This spring, Ben Fink and Nickia Jensen will be introducing a class in Theatre of the Oppressed—the basic techniques, the theory behind them, and the ways we can apply them, here and now.  Theatre of the Oppressed is a method of interactive theatre, developed in Brazil during the 1960s-70s as a technique of resistance against military dictatorship, and now practiced by oppressed communities around the world.  It prepares people and groups for political action by using their whole bodies to explore problems and discover and rehearse new solutions.  We call this a rehearsal for reality—or revolution!

The class will also infuse community organizing skills, techniques, and practices based on the teachings of the Industrial Areas Foundation and Gamaliel Foundation.

People of all levels of experience in organizing and/or theater are welcome—all you need to bring with you is something you’re passionate about and an open mind!

We will meet weekly, on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 P.M., starting February 3 and ending in late April.  Location: Folwell Middle School (3611 20th Avenue South -- on 36th St., three blocks east of Cedar), room B003 (the music room, in the basement).  If you’re interested in participating, or have questions, or want more information, feel free to contact the class co-facilitators.

Nickia Jensen (952-457-7150,

Ben Fink (612-840-0141, ben.[email protected]


Facilitator email(s): 
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Greetings!  Just to clear up any confusion in the listing below, or in various correspondances we might have had before we got everything set, here is the official, final information about the first class:

We will be meeting for the first time on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3 -- and then weekly thereafter, through the end of April (with one or two possible weeks off in the middle).  The class will take place at Folwell Middle School (3611 20th Avenue South -- on 36th St., three blocks east of Cedar), in Room B003 (the music room, in the basement).  The class will run from 7-9 P.M. and will start at 7:00 sharp! -- so, try to get there as close to 6:45 as you can.  If you have any trouble finding the building or the room, feel free to give us a call (Ben: 612-840-0141; Nickia: 952-457-7150).

See you next week!

Ben and Nickia

Facilitator's experience: 
Nickia Jensen has been organizing students for 5 years. She has attended national Gamaliel organizer training and has participated in and lead several Theater of the Oppressed actions. Ben Fink has studied and taught many theater techniques for much of his life. He is currently on the national board of Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed, and he lead the organizing of a national Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed conference.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
952 457 7150
612 840 0141
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