What is Forum Theatre?
In Forum Theatre, the actors present an original play chronicling an unresolved problem resulting from systemic oppression. Once the play is finished, the audience is invited to step into the play and share possible ways to attack this problem and respond to the antagonists, in what’s known as an Intervention. The actors in the play are prepared to respond to the audience member, known now as a Spect-Actor. This process of play performance and interventions is facilitated by a Joker. The goal is to engage in various problem-solving strategies that the community can use to fight back against the oppressions they face.
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC has established "popular theatre troupes" all over New York City in collaboration with a range of local communities, including homeless adults and youth, people living with HIV/AIDS, immigrants, veterans, formerly incarcerated people, and court-involved youth. These troupes devise and tour original, interactive plays inspired by real-life struggles – the problems they face everyday – with the intention of engaging peers in theatrical problem-solving which can help inspire concrete, social action. Each troupe creates one to two shows a year which are performed in theatres, community centers, shelters and drop-in centers; and at conferences and festivals including TONYC's own annual Legislative Theatre Festival.
Certain troupes are available to perform a full play or forum scene at your venue or organization. For more information, please contact Sulu LeoNimm, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in starting a troupe with your organization or community, please contact Katy Rubin, email@example.com
Current Troupe Partners:
AIDS Center of Queens County, Ali Forney Center, Center for Court Innovation, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, The Fortune Society, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Red Hook Community Justice Center, Sunset Park Community Troupe