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Augusto Boal (April 16, 1931 – May 2, 2009)

We are very sad to post that Augusto Boal, a figure whose work has inspired and guided our work beyond measure, has passed away.

Many of us here at TAP were able to take part in workshops lead by Augusto over the past few years, and we feel very lucky that we had the opportunity to meet and work with such an amazing philosopher and practitioner whose life has influenced thousands of people all over the globe.

Here are more details about Augusto:

Augusto Boal, the Brazilian theater director and playwright known for the interactive genre called the “Theater of the Oppressed,” died Saturday, May 2, 2009. He was 78. Boal died of respiratory failure following a long battle with leukemia, says an AP story (5/3/09). Boal, who studied theater arts at New York City’s Columbia University, created Theater of the Oppressed in the early 1960s as a way to establish a dialogue between audience, playwright, director and actors that encouraged political activism. Seen as a threat to the dictatorship that ruled Brazil between 1964 and 1985, Boal was arrested, jailed and tortured before being exiled to Argentina. He returned to Brazil after the fall of the military regime. His impact on the field of community-based art is incalculable.

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