Forum Theater Performance: May 29th, 7 pm
Location: Manhattan Arts Center, 1520 Poyntz Ave
On Friday, May 29th, KSU drama therapy students will present a Forum Theater performance created from real-life struggles that reflect issues facing the country today. Forum Theater is a form of interactive theater in which community members present a short scene depicting an abuse of power in order to stimulate community dialogue and active problem-solving.
This form of theater was developed by Brazilian popular educator, cultural activist, and city councillor Augusto Boal in 1973 as part of a Peruvian literacy program. Nearly 50 years later, Forum Theater is practiced in schools, factories, prisons, and community centers in over 70 countries to address a broad range of social and political issues including access to water, police brutality, homelessness and affordable housing, sick leave, pay equity, elder abuse, racial profiling, and immigration laws to name a few. It has also been used to generate relevant, effective social policy that is grounded in the realities faced by those most affected.