PVCC hosts a session of its free theatre workshop series on Saturday, Oct. 19

Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Theatre Department will continue its “Theatre of the Oppressed Lab: Creativity and Democracy” workshop series on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The workshop is free, open to those 14 years of age and older and will take place in the Maxwell Black Box Theatre in PVCC’s V. Earl Dickinson Building on the college’s Main Campus in Charlottesville.

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Brad Stoller, drama therapist Mecca Burns and artist/community activist Matthew Slaats will lead participants through a series of participatory games and exercises that were first developed in the 1960s to address issues of power and privilege, spur social change and strengthen democracy in communities.

The workshops are part of the “Imagining a New Democracy Summit,” which explores new ways for Charlottesville community members and city officials to engage and communicate with one another. For more information, visit www.imaginingdemocracy.wordpress.com.

Stoller and Burns received training in Theatre of the Oppressed techniques directly from its creator, Brazilian thespian and activist Augusto Boal. They have 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.

Pre-registration for the series is requested. For more information or to register, contact Stoller at 434.961.5246 or bstoller@pvcc.edu. Additional dates are Nov. 16, 2019, and Jan. 18, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All sessions will take place in the Maxwell Black Box Theatre.

For more information about PVCC’s Fine Arts and Performance season, visit www.pvcc.edu/performingarts online or call 434.961.5376.

The V. Earl Dickinson Building is located at the south end of 501 College Drive. Ample free parking is provided and the building is wheelchair accessible.