The first conversation in our second series of What Now for the Theatre of the Oppressed conversations will be live on Cardboard Citizens’ Facebook and Youtube at 6pm BST / 5pm UTC on Wednesday 19 May 2021. 

Héctor Aristizabal has been the artistic director of ImaginAction since its foundation in Los Angeles in 2000. He has worked in war zones and post-conflict using theater of the oppressed and other methodologies to explore alternatives to conflict and for the creation of community healing rituals. Héctor combines his training and more than 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist, with his artistic work and activism. His work has focused on training psychosocial teams in more than 50 countries and in 2017 he returned to his native
Colombia and with an interdisciplinary team is developing a project that uses deep ecology, theater and the development of rituals in the work with victims, ex-combatants and others involved in the war.

Hector was honored with the prestigious Otto René Castillo Award for Political Theatre and he  is co-author with Diane Lefer of The Blessing Next to the Wound: A Story of Art, Activism, and

What Now For the Theatre of the Oppressed? Conversations with TO Practitioners will welcome leading global practitioners of Theatre of the Oppressed – Augusto Boal’s methods for combining theatre and activism – and ask them the place each practitioner sees their work and the methodology occupying in the future.

The conversations will be hosted by Adrian Jackson , Cardboard Citizens’ Artistic Director and translator of Augusto Boal’s work into English.  The practitioners come from all over the globe – including Colombia, Mozambique, Guatemala and Jerusalem – offering us fascinating insights into theatre’s role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For theatre practitioners, students, and those interested in using the arts for social change, these conversations will open new, exciting and vital connections between the performing arts and a recovering world. 


The series will continue at 6pm BST / 5pm UTC fortnightly on Wednesdays. Watch our social media for more information about upcoming conversations, and subscribe to YouTube or Facebook to hear when we go live.

Dates and Times

Wednesday 19 May 2021