Forum Theater

Augusto Boal was a revolutionary theater director in Brazil prior to the dictatorship of 1964–1985. Encountering moments that created ethical and professional crises, Boal turned himself into a “facilitator” of theater for non–actors, where participants stage their original one–act tragedy based on reality in order to explore solutions. Known as “Forum Theater,” this process invites the public of “spect–actors” to participate on stage, replacing an actor and improvising in scenes identified as needing intervention. Spect–actors try to derail the tragedy with a minor change of script or gesture.