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Theater of Liberation is Headed to San Antonio!
$2,600 raised
43% of $6k goal
25 contributors
3 Years running

In February of 2016, a diverse group of Ballard High School students and staff assembled  to explore the concept of cultural flexibility Cultural flexibility is when someone values and adapts easily to working and socializing with others who are culturally different. 

Theater of Liberation met twice a week after school for an entire semester. We played theater games based on Augusto Boal’s powerful Theater of Oppressed model, using these techniques to explore intergroup relationships, power dynamics, and injustice in students’ lived experiences.

Toward the end of the school year, we created and performed a number of short, interactive plays. We invited audience members to become part of the performance, so they could practice creating solutions to oppressive systems and situations. These performances were powerful and the students received much praise for their work.

This past October,Theater of Liberation was invited to present at the Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice in Portland, Oregon, where we guided an audience of 50 educators and students through a 90-minute workshop. We received enthusiastic feedback from this event as well.

Recently we learned that Theatre of Liberation has been invited to present at the next annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), taking place in San Antonio, Texas in April. This conference is attended by scholars who conduct education research all over the world. Our proposal was selected from over 13,000 submissions, receiving the highest possible ratings from two separate reviewers. We are excited to share our insights on Theatre of the Oppressed, the idea of cultural flexibility, and the dilemma of teaching students from all different backgrounds how to get along and work together in a school like Ballard High.

This trip will offer my research participants an opportunity to build confidence and lifelong communication skills; a resume item that will impress colleges and future employers; and a chance to travel to a historic city and learn from a vast array of perspectives and cultural experiences.

Most students in Theater of Liberation cannot afford the cost of this trip, and we want to make sure everyone can go!

100% of donated funds we be applied toward basic travel costs: airfare, hotel accommodations, meals, and local transit while in San Antonio.

Any amount helps.

We really appreciate your support! Thank you so much!


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