Documenting Rehearsals for Revolution: Theory, Practice, and Praxis in Theatre of the Oppressed
Abstract: This dissertation explores the relationships and interactions among
theory, practice, and praxis in Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) from its outset to its
present. I intend this dissertation to provide an alternative perspective to the emergent
reevaluation of the theory/practice relationship in theatrical endeavors in general, and to
TO in particular. As TO's creator and pioneer, ... read moreAugusto Boal wrote multiple books and
articles about his practice, most of which include theoretical sections. I explore four of
Boal's major theoretical works, Theatre of the Oppressed, Games for Actors and Non-Actors,
Rainbow of Desire, and Aesthetics of the Oppressed in an effort to locate and explicate
what I believe to be the theory of TO. Following these theoretical considerations, I
analyze three contemporary TO practitioners, each of whom employ TO techniques and theories
differently. In this dissertation, I incorporate methodologies employed in Theatre History
Studies, Performance Studies, Critical Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies in service of
examining theory, practice, and praxis in TO. I conclude with some predictions and
proposals for the future of the TO movement.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Tufts University, 2016.
Submitted to the Dept. of Drama.
Advisor: Barbara Grossman.
Committee: Natalya Baldyga, Noe Montez, and Christina Marin.
Keywords: Theater, and Theater history.read less
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