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Boal’s Methodology

Course Description

Augusto Boal’s methodology in education is based on the principles of Theater of the Oppressed, a form of theater developed by Boal in the 1970s. The overarching goal was to provide the people of Peru that was disempowered, analphabetic, and repressed with opportunities for expression, meaning-making, and socio-cognitive development through the practice of community theater. Boal’s method suggests a reconfiguration of the classic Aristotelian poetics, in which the spectators delegate in the actors the fulfilment of their need to translate wishes into acts. This is done from the perspective of an aesthetic point of view. Catharsis is an empathetic process that allows the citizen-spectator to release his or her need and, as a result, abdicate from the requirement to take action. Boal has taken Brecht’s purpose of transforming passive “viewers,” into “actors” who are actively capable of changing the course of events and expanded upon it with the goal of effecting a dramatic shift in the customary role attribution between actors and spectators.

This methodology is centered around the idea that theater can be used as a tool for social change and personal empowerment. The main goal of Boal’s methodology in education is to create a space where individuals can explore and express their emotions, thoughts, and ideas through the use of various theater techniques. This can include exercises such as role-playing, improvisation, and forum theater. By using these techniques, participants in Boal’s methodology in education can develop their critical thinking skills, improve their communication skills, and increase their self-awareness. Additionally, this approach is aimed at creating an inclusive and empowering learning environment for all students, regardless of their backgrounds or abilities. This course will provide an introduction to the philosophy and practices of Boal’s Methodology and help educators to develop the skills necessary to implement it in their own classrooms.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course on Boal’s methodology, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the principles, concepts, and techniques of Boal’s methodology in education.
  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills by analyzing and addressing social issues through the use of Boal’s techniques.
  • Effectively communicate and collaborate with others, utilizing Boal’s theatre techniques to foster inclusive dialogue and collective decision-making.
  • Enhance creativity and self-expression by employing Boal’s games and exercises, allowing for individual and group exploration.
  • Integrate Boal’s methodology into various subject areas, adapting lesson plans and activities to incorporate participatory and transformative practices.
  • Assess the effectiveness of Boal’s methodology in promoting student engagement, empowerment, and deeper understanding of social and political issues.
  • Recognize and evaluate the role of Boal’s methodology in addressing social and political issues in education, fostering empathy and active citizenship.
  • Create inclusive and equitable learning environments by applying Boal’s methodology, embracing diverse perspectives, and challenging inequalities.
  • Engage in reflective practice, continuously assessing and improving the implementation of Boal’s methodology in their teaching practice.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and contribute to professional learning communities by sharing knowledge and experiences related to Boal’s methodology.
  • By achieving these learning outcomes, participants will be equipped with the skills, knowledge, and pedagogical approaches necessary to effectively integrate Boal’s methodology into their teaching practice and create engaging and transformative educational experience.

Course Details


Professionals in the education sector (e.g., teachers, guidance counselors, principals, and administrators at elementary, middle, higher education, vocational institutions, kindergartens and pre-primary schools) and non-governmental organization (NGO) staff.


The methodology of course will follow Boal’s methodology in education as a pedagogical approach that emphasizes the use of theatre and other performative techniques in the classroom. Developed by Brazilian theatre director Augusto Boal, the methodology is based on the idea that students learn best when they are actively engaged in the process of learning, rather than passively receiving information. Boal’s methodology is often used in subjects such as language arts, history, and social studies, as it allows students to explore complex ideas and concepts through creative and interactive means. The training will be delivered through an approach is centered around the use of games, role-playing, and other forms of simulation, which help students to develop critical thinking skills, improve their communication abilities, and gain a deeper understanding of the subjects they are studying.

Course Objectives

  • Understand the principles and techniques of Boal’s methodology in education
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills through the use of Boal’s methodology
  • Enhance communication and collaboration skills through the use of Boal’s theatre techniques
  • Increase students’ creativity and self-expression through the use of Boal’s games and exercises
  • Apply Boal’s methodology to various subject areas, such as social studies, science, and literature
  • Create and implement lesson plans that incorporate Boal’s methodology in the classroom
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of Boal’s methodology in promoting student engagement and learning
  • Understand the role of Boal’s methodology in addressing social and political issues in education
  • Utilize Boal’s methodology in creating inclusive and equitable learning environments
  • Continuously reflect on and improve the use of Boal’s methodology in their teaching practi

Tentative Schedule


  • Welcoming activities
  • Ice-breaking activities
  • Introduction to Boal’s methodology and its application in education


  • Introduction to Forum theatre
  • Image Theater
  • Forum Theater
  • Invisible Theater


  • Practical workshop on Image theatre
  • Practical workshop on Forum theatre
  • Practical workshop on Invisible theatre


  •  Presentation of the concept and history of Action Forum
  •  Group discussion on how to apply Action Forum in education
  •  Image theater exercise to explore personal and social issues
  •  Creating short play about real-life issues related topic


  • Rainbow of Desire technique and how it can be used to explore emotions and interpersonal dynamics
  • Practicing the rainbow of desire: planning and preparation
  • Using the rainbow of desire in theater: performance
  • Using the rainbow of desire in education: reflection
  • Debrief and discussion


  • Practical workshop on use of rainbow of desires techniques
  • Teambuilding and networking activities
  • Online tools for collaboration in drama and theatre oriented projects


  • Course evaluation, feedback, discussion and wrap-up
  • Certificate ceremony
  • Cultural activities

*The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the requests of the participants, and the trainer delivering the specific session. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion. If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance.

Our courses usually include two cultural activities. Further information is available on the webpage of each course.

Duration 1 - 2 weeks
Price 80.00

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