Combining Playback Theatre & Theatre of the Oppressed for Social Justice

Facilitated by Hannah Fox & Marc Weinblatt

Where do Playback Theatre (PT) and Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) meet and where do they diverge?

How can practitioners use these methods in tandem to address communities in conflict and a turbulent society?

Join internationally renowned practitioners/trainers, Hannah and Marc, for four rich days of immersion in the rare combination of these powerful Applied Theatre forms. This is the 6th time they have co-taught workshops in combining TO & PT since 2000 including twice at the School of Playback Theatre (now Centre for Playback Theatre.)

In this workshop, we will:

~ provide short introductions to both Theatre of the Oppressed & Playback Theatre.
~ present concrete models/examples of how to weave and blend TO and PT forms together in dynamic designs.
~ explore issues of race, class, gender, etc. with an aim to create a more just and joyous world for all people.

** Special Feature…! Participants are invited to attend a professional Playback performance on Friday night 8/4 by Community Playback Theatre, one of the longest-running Playback troupes in the world. This will be performed on the historic Moreno Stage at Boughton Place – the birthplace of Psychodrama!

These groundbreaking techniques can immediately be utilized by activists, community organizers, teachers, social workers, psychotherapists, theatre artists, cultural animators, or for anyone interested in exploring themselves and the society in which we live.

* While a working knowledge of TO and/or PT is helpful, no previous experience is required to take this course.


Hannah Fox

hannah1Hannah is a Professor of Dance and Theatre at Manhattanville College and the founder of Big Apple Playback Theatre (BAPT), a New York City based multi-cultural Playback troupe dedicated to using interactive theatre as a tool for positive change. BAPT performs and conducts workshops in schools, non-profit agencies, prisons, domestic violence shelters, hospitals, at conferences, colleges, diversity programs, and in public theaters. Their popular school Keep the Peace! anti-bullying program combines Playback Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed. Hannah teaches Playback Theatre internationally, most recently teaching and performing in Cuba and Brazil. Hannah is the author of Zoomy Zoomy: Improv Games and Exercises for Groups (2010), and is the daughter of the founders of Playback Theatre.

Marc Weinblatt

Headshot - Weinblatt[2]Founder of the Mandala Center for Change in Port Townsend, WA, Marc has been a professional educator, theatre director, activist, and workshop facilitator since 1980. He is an internationally recognized leader in the use of Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed (T.O.) and has trained thousands in the use of the techniques across the U.S. and from Afghanistan to South Africa. He has worked with communities ranging from police to homeless youth, grassroots organizers and laborers to University deans. Marc regularly facilitates T.O. based diversity / anti-oppression workshops in a wide variety of contexts across the U.S. with a commitment to bringing a deep sense of spirit and humanity into social justice work. Marc has actively combined T.O. and Playback for over 25 years including the last 16 years with the Mandala Center’s multi-ethnic, multi-generational (currently ages 15-76) Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble.


August 3-6, 2017
Thurs – Sun
9:30 AM – 5:30 PM


The entire training will take place at the SUNY New Paltz college campus in beautiful and historical New Paltz, NY (1 ½ hour drive from New York City.)


US $625 / $550 if paid by June 1, 2017
($$ arrangements available based on need; no one turned away. Financial aid policy.)

Lodging and all meals additional:
$270 (Wed-Sat; double occupancy + 10 meals)
$310 (Wed-Sat; single occupancy + 10 meals)


To register:

Please register here:
Mandala Center For Change

For more information contact:
(360) 344-3435