Master Classes

NYTW Master Classes offer training opportunities for both professional artists and the public. These classes provide the opportunity to gain insight into the exciting process of creating high-caliber work in a thriving Off-Broadway theatre.

Upcoming Summer 2019 Class: 

Facilitated by Alexander Santiago-Jirau
July 13 & 14, 2019 (10am-5pm)
83 East 4th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003

Are you interested in how theatre can be used to generate community dialogue and to spark action? Then, Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) is for you! Join other artists, activists, and educators to explore how theatre and theatre makers can actively respond to systems of power, privilege, and oppression in these troubled times through creative and participatory techniques. Originally developed in Brazil by theatre innovator Augusto Boal, TO was employed with farmworkers throughout Latin America. Now these forms are used internationally and have been developed and adapted by countless companies and practitioners. Participants will investigate social and political performance through Image Theatre and Forum Theatre techniques in this on-your-feet intensive.

Please note that there are 3 flights of stairs from the street level to the 3rd floor of our building where the course will take place.


  • $125 for Repeat Defenders and Members
  • $150 for Non-Members
  • $75 for Students (with valid ID): Email

REGISTER ONLINE or call the NYTW Box Office at 212-460-5475

Alexander Santiago-Jirau is Director of Education at New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW). In that capacity, he oversees all of NYTW’s education initiatives, including the Mind the Gap intergenerational program, student matinees, in-school artist residencies, master classes, administrative fellowships, and public programs. A Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) practitioner who studied and worked with Augusto Boal, Alex has facilitated many applied theatre projects throughout his career, particularly with youth, educators and diverse immigrant communities. He is a former President of the Board of Directors of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, Inc., an organization devoted to the work of liberatory educators, activists, artists, and community organizers. His writing has appeared in The IndypendentTYA TodayThe Cross Border Project Blog (Spain), “Come Closer”: Critical Perspectives on Theatre of the Oppressed, and the recent anthology The Routledge Companion to Theatre of the Oppressed. He has taught Latin American and Latinx Theatre at Drew University in Madison, NJ and currently teaches TO courses for the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Alex holds a B.S. in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University and an M.A. in Educational Theatre from NYU Steinhardt.

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