Invitation to participate in "Theatre of the Oppressed" Program | St. Lawrence University Diversity and Inclusion

Invitation to participate in "Theatre of the Oppressed" Program

Dear Student Leaders,

Your name was forwarded to me because you are a student leader who has demonstrated that you are passionate about SLU becoming a place that is welcoming and inclusive for all. I write to invite you to an exciting opportunity to help transform the culture of SLU – Theater of the Oppressed.

The Theatre of the Oppressed program is a two-day interactive program that trains about 30 student leaders – including you – intensively in a day-long workshop where they will engage with guided meditation raising their body-mind awareness, deeply explore various structures of power with contemplative reflections, and stage, and rehearse narratives written by SLU students. Narratives will address topics such as racism, sexism, nationalism, homophobia, and free speech; each story will be explored in depth.

Well-prepared for their presentation, the initial 30 students will perform these narratives during a formal presentation for approximately 100 student leaders. This larger group will have the opportunity to engage with embodied explorations of ally-ship and self-liberation by entering the scenes as a character and improvising new solutions to community issues. Discussions will center on how realistic these interventions and the improvised outcomes would be in real life.

Training for the 30 student leaders:        Tuesday January 15th, 1:00-5:30, Dean Eaton Lounge

Interactive performance:                             Saturday January 19th, 12:00-3:30, Eben Holden

** We will provide snacks on Tuesday and lunch on Saturday.**

Please join us in an open space of dialogue and action aimed at devising tangible solutions to oppressive forces within in our communities. Using Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, we will engage in embodied explorations of these moments of conflict, and brainstorm new responses as individuals and as a collective group. While this is a creative and physical practice, no experience is necessary.

If you are able to participate, please fill out this web form by Thursday December 13th. Thank you – I hope to see you there!