Applied Drama for Migrant Integration or
THEATRE of the EMPOWERED
Applied drama is an empowering participatory adult learning method for social change, mobilizing communities to take collective action for positive development.
In MBM Training&Development Center we are developing various applied drama learning methods for migrant and refugee integration, seeking to maximize migrant`s participation and empowerment.
Based on the Pedagogy of the Oppressed of Paolo Freire and the Theatre of the Oppressed of the famous Brasiiian director Augusto Boal, we develop the so called "Theatre of the Empowered". The idea is based on the concept of turning the passive spectator into an active spectACTor, who is in a position to change the outcome of the drama with his/her-own actions. This empowering experience is going beyond the emotional catharsis of the classical drama. It leads to a social catharsis, where the oppressed are turned into empowered in search for better lives and community cohesion.
Our positive experience with the "Theatre of the Empowered" (promoting active participation of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers) shows how the methods of Paolo Freire and Augusto Boal could be applied to impact more widely the individuals’ inclusion beyond the workshop sessions, increasing the long-term impact of a time-bound pedagogical project on both migrants and the host communities.
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