A Workshop with Iman Aoun on Theatre of the Oppressed
Iman Aoun, Director of Ashtar Theatre, Ramallah, Palestine, and CEC Artslink Fellow in Northern New Mexico will lead participants in Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed that is at the core of her work with women and youth in Palestine. Participants will learn exercises that they can use in their work to strengthen community leadership and self-expression in arts, education, and social justice settings.
"Theatre of the Oppressed aims at giving those who experience oppression the opportunity and freedom to talk, to cry and to give expression to the injustice they face. Theatre of the Oppressed is the cry of the oppressed against those who oppress and deny the humanity of others, caring only for themselves."
- Iman Aoun
Saturday, November 2
and Sunday, November 3
Saturday- New Mexico School of the Arts
275 E Alameda St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
$15 registration fee. Priority will be given to participants that can attend both days. Please RSVP to Tamara Watkins at firstname.lastname@example.org including: Name, Phone Number, Mailing Address, Email, and a few sentences about what you hope to gain from the workshop and its relevance to you and/or your work.
If you need a registration waiver to be able to attend, please indicate that when you RSVP.
DNAWORKS, Littleglobe, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, Moving Arts Española, New Mexico Community Foundation,
New Mexico School for the Arts,
Performing Arts Conservatory of the Southwest,
Santa Fe Art Institute
About Iman Aoun, Artistic Director of Ashtar Theatre Ramallah, Palestine:
Aoun obtained a Bachelor Degree in Social Work and Sociology from Bethlehem University in 1987, a Diploma in Psychodrama in 1989, and a Diploma in Theatre Make-up in 1996. She worked with El-Hakawati Theatre Company from 1984-1991 and toured with it in various countries in the world participating in many international theatre festivals. Aoun co-founded Ashtar for Theatre Productions and Training, in 1991. She has directed numerous plays with students and community members as well as with theatre professionals, and has acted in plays, movies, and TV series. She won best actress award from The Cairo International Experimental Theatre Festival in 1996, for her acting role in Martyrs are Coming Backproduced by Ashtar Theatre. Aoun has participated in many International Theatre Conferences, most recently the 4th World Summit on Arts and Culture in South Africa. She has written and published a number of studies in various Arab and international theatre magazines on Palestinian Theatre. She is co-writer of three books on Theatre: From the Circle to Space published by Ashtar Theatre (2002), Community Culture Work and Globalizationpublished by the Rockefeller Foundation (2003) and Theatre of the Oppressed: A Window towards Change, alsopublished by Ashtar Theatre (2006). Aoun is a professional Joker specializing in Theatre of the Oppressed. She has conducted Forum Theatre workshops for theatre students at the American University in Cairo, The University of Iowa, CalArts, The TheatreEdu Institute in Greece, and in Yemen.
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