Theatre for social change!

Using Theatre of the Oppressed, a method by Augusto Boal, by Maike Koolhaas and Jennifer van Exel

Saturday 11 May '19 auditorium ArtEZ Arnhem

Register: please mail to
Max. 40 participants
English spoken
Only for ArtEZ-students, ArtEZ students of all departments can participate

The goal of this theatre training is to enhance social inclusion and intercultural exchanges and to have a long lasting impact on participants, so that they can become the catalyst for social inclusion at the school. The training focuses on that lasting effect by using playful enactment of real life scenarios. The TO (Theatre of the Oppressed) theatre method trains a social-inclusive mindset by enhancing the group’s reflection in a hands-on-manner. By enacting real life scenario’s, testing out alternatives for both group- and individual behaviour patterns and ways of expression, the group is engaged in a social learning process. The method engages all the senses. It connects individual as well as collective experiences of the subject matter. Because of those things, the method is well known to intervene on existing personal beliefs and the level of behaviour. Hence the longer-lasting effect on participants of such TO theatre workshops.

Time to Listen, Time to Voice up!
This spring, three sessions of empowerment trainings are being hosted together with the BEAR student platform School of Missing Men, and guest-curated by two of its members: Yuchen Li and Janna van Welsem.

As an artist it is important to make your voice heard. Yet, due to cultural differences and social structures, certain voices are more easily heard than others. How does an artist with a privileged position, or an artist who is less represented, get their points across while taking account of diverse perspectives? How do we gain confidence in listening, sharing, expressing and articulating in a multi-cultural environment? And how does an artist speak up in the face of institutional power? When is it their responsibility to voice out? When is it their responsibility to listen? How do artists find their agency to bring about change in actions of solidarity?

In times when artists are still continuously asked to brand themselves or to have an individual position within the field, we are reexamining this idea by analysing how we relate to each other, through having social awareness and self-reflexivity, active participation and involvement, accountability and encouragement for individual and collective actions.

We aim for these trainings to have long-lasting impact, through which an individual becomes a catalyst for social change in the school environment, as well as, in the work field and everyday life thereafter.
Augusto Boal (Photo: Jean-Gabriel Carasso, 1979)

more in this series:
archive Mar '20 – empowerment

/ ACT EMPOWERMENT training voor studenten (m/ v/ q)

archive May '19 – empowerment

Workshop: Shy parasiting and a zineculture-inspired event

archive May '19 – empowerment

Reading of Shy Radicals with Hamja Ahsan

archive May '19 – empowerment

Urgent Publishing

archive Apr '19 – empowerment

Assertive Communication Training (English spoken)

archive Mar '19 – empowerment

Assertieve Communicatie Training (Nederlandse gesproken)

archive Mar '19 – empowerment

Training Powerplay: Energy management on a strategic level to create space for your ambition

archive Mar '19 – empowerment

How to make a podcast

archive Mar '19 – empowerment

Still against all logic”*

archive May '18 – empowerment

Something Altogether Weirder

archive Apr '18 – empowerment

Workshop Communication Matters with Jeyanthy Siva – 7 and 8 April 2018

archive Mar '18 – empowerment

SEX & the Sexual Politics of the Gaze

archive Feb '18 – empowerment

Stylized Repetition of Acts

archive Jan '18 – empowerment

Johan Grimonprez: Blue Orchids

archive Nov '17 – empowerment


archive Sep '17 – empowerment


archive Mar '17 – empowerment

Lost in Transition

archive Nov '16 – empowerment

Art Research// Refl/acting on Arts

archive Nov '16 – empowerment

You are here

archive Feb '16 – empowerment

Chaos & Conflict

archive Nov '15 – empowerment

Frankenstein Festival

archive Feb '15 – empowerment

The Great Memory Show

archive Nov '14 – empowerment

Surfing & Diving

archive Feb '14 – empowerment

Just Another Day

archive May '13 – empowerment

A New Dawn

archive Dec '12 – empowerment


archive Apr '12 – empowerment


archive Dec '11 – empowerment