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Theatre of the Oppressed NYC

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Executive / President
Katy Rubin, Executive Director

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC partners with communities facing discrimination to inspire transformative action through theatre. TONYC's programs include popular troupes with HIV+ homeless New Yorkers; undocumented immigrants; LGBT homeless youth; NYC public school students; and many others.
Theatre of the Oppressed is an interactive, physical and playful tool used to investigate situations in which we are denied our basic rights, personally and collectively. Community actors, directors, playwrights, designers and producers create original, interactive plays inspired by real-life struggles for human rights. These popular troupes tour throughout varied communities to engage in theatrical brainstorming or "forum theatre," in which the scenes ask a question of the audience, and the audience becomes involved as “spect-actors,” taking on the role of the protagonist to offer alternatives to the problems onstage. These interactive forums demand solidarity amongst diverse New Yorkers and creatively challenge systems of oppression.


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