PVCC to host free theatre workshops

Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Theatre Department will host the first of two free workshops as part of “Theatre of the Oppressed” on Monday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Main Stage Theatre in PVCC’s V. Earl Dickinson Building.

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Brad Stoller and local artist and community activist Matthew Slaats will lead participants through a series of participatory games and exercises that were first developed in the 1960s. The practices were designed to address issues of power, privilege and oppression and explore how the medium of theatre can spur social change in communities.

Stoller received training in Theatre of the Oppressed techniques directly from its creator, Brazilian thespian and activist Augusto Boal. He has facilitated workshops in communities across the U.S. and in Uganda, Kenya, Spain and Romania. Slaats is the creative director of local nonprofit PauseLab, and his work in the community focuses on participatory modes of democracy that strengthen residents’ voices in defining the future of their neighborhoods.

The second installment in the workshop series is slated for Monday, March 11, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No experience is necessary to participate in the series, but pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Stoller at 434.961.5246 or bstoller@pvcc.edu.

The workshops are part of PVCC’s 2018-19 Fine Arts and Performance Season. A full list of this 20th anniversary season’s events is available online at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts. The V. Earl Dickinson Building is located at the south end of College Drive on PVCC’s Main Campus in Charlottesville. Ample, free parking is provided, and the building is wheelchair accessible.