Events & Courses

Join us in the classroom and beyond for unique, arts-activist educational opportunities.

A Through Positive Eyes Exhibit Opening Party

A Through Positive Eyes Exhibit Opening Party

Join us for photography, live storytelling, music, and more.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 • 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Fowler Museum at UCLA


On Saturday, October 5, 2019, the U.S. tour of the Through Positive Eyes exhibition launches at the Fowler Museum with an opening night party featuring live storytelling by the seven members of the Los Angeles Through Positive Eyes Collective. This will also be the first chance to view a new art installation by Los Angeles artist Alison Saar. Opening night offers us the opportunity to make a collective commitment to banishing the stigma associated with HIV.

Read more and learn how to RSVP here.

Book Tour: Roots & Wings

Book Tour: Roots & Wings

First-ever Black Feminist Theater of the Oppressed book available in English

April 2019

Author Bárbara Santos will be on tour at UCLA
with her new book at the following events:

Friday, April 12th – Sunday, April 14th
UCLA Kaufman Hall
Connecting Art & Law for Liberation Festival (CALL)
calltoactionucla.com

Monday, April 15th • 4:30 PM
Kaufman Hall, Room 208
UCLA School of the Arts Town Hall on Racism

Wednesday, April 17th • 6:00 PM
Kaufman Hall, Room 208
De/militarization: Creative Responses in
Community Defense

Wednesday, April 24th • 7:00 PM
Kaufman Hall, Room 200
Theater of the Oppressed for Racial Justice Performance

Saturday, April 27th • 6:00 PM
University Village
Legislative Theater community event

Help spread the word and download the tour flier.

For more information, email Bobby at robert.gordon@arts.ucla.edu

High School Sex Squad Festival

High School Sex Squad Festival

April 2019

The High School Sex Squad Festival is an annual day of performance, arts activism, and celebration! Students from High School Sex Squads around Los Angeles come to UCLA to perform their original works and cheer each other on as they action plan around urgent sexual health topics and advocacy on their campuses.

Legislative Theater for Racial Justice

May 29, 2019

Northwest Campus Auditorium


A collaboration between the Center for Theater of the Oppressed in Rio de Janeiro and students at Barry J Nidorf Juvenile Hall and UCLA, Legislative Theater for Racial Justice is a performance where the audience is invited into the action! Through forum theater, audience members, actors, and legislators will help draft new legislation targeting the school-to-prison pipeline.

Sex Week

Sex Week

A week-long series of events

April 15-19, 2019

Sex Week @ UCLA is campus-wide initiative that focuses on love, healthy relationships, communication, sex, self-love, consent, abstinence, faith, and sex positivity. It recognizes that sexuality comes in many shapes, sizes, colors, forms, and definitions. To be inclusive and open to the variety of personal experiences and needs that exist, a week-long series of events have been created to have something for everyone! Sex Week @ UCLA is sponsored by UCLA Sexual Health Coalition. We look forward to having you join us!

For more information, email Gabrielle at gbonder@arts.ucla.edu

Theater of the Oppressed for Racial Justice

Theater of the Oppressed for Racial Justice

April 24, 2019 • 7 PM - 9 PM

UCLA Kaufman Hall, Room 200


The UCLA Art & Global Health Center and UCLA Prison Education Program present groups from the Center for Theater of the Oppressed, Rio de Janeiro for a night of activist Forum Theater. The audience will be invited on stage to participate in the dramatic action to stimulate dialogue about gender, race, and violence.

Townhall: How the Arts Can Intervene on Racism

Townhall: How the Arts Can Intervene on Racism

Featuring Bárbara Santos

Monday, April 15, 2019 • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

UCLA Kaufman Hall, Room 208


The UCLA Art & Global Health Center presents an evening with acclaimed Theater of the Oppressed scholar-practitioner Bárbara Santos and Center for Theater of the Oppressed’s group Madalena Anastacia. The event will feature a lecture by author Bárbara Santos on her decades of work using Theater of the Oppressed methodology to intervene on racial and sexist oppression. Following this talk, the established theater troupe Madalenas Anastacia will share a piece of original forum theater with participants, inviting the audience on stage to take part in the action and rehearse individual solutions to narratives of oppression. A town hall conversation featuring anti-racist organizers and leaders will follow this performance. Dowload the event flier here.

Join us by RSVPing to Gabrielle at gbonder@arts.ucla.edu

WL ARTS 2: Theater of the Oppressed

with Bobby Gordon

Spring 2019, T/Th • 10 AM - 11:50 AM

UCLA Kaufman Hall 240


Participatory exploration, through theory and practice, of Theater of the Oppressed (TO), humanist theater methodology from Brazil with roots in social justice. Created by Augusto Boal in response to 1960s dictatorship, TO breaks boundary between audience and stage, and invites people to make theater their own to fight oppression. Through audience participation as so-called spect-actors, TO uses creative process to move people from passive to active, in theater and world. Students learn methodology, study Paulo Freire's allied Pedagogy of the Oppressed, analyze instances when TO was part of concrete social change, engage in dialog with active TO groups around world, and produce and perform TO events on campus.

For more information, email Bobby at robert.gordon@arts.ucla.edu

WL ARTS 174B: Legislative Theater for Racial Justice

with Bryonn Bain and Bobby Gordon

Spring 2019, Fridays • 8 AM - 11:50 AM

Off campus


For more information, email Bobby at robert.gordon@arts.ucla.edu

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