Augusto Boal, 1931-2009

augustoboal2 Augusto Boal, director, theorist, and politician, died this past Saturday. He was 78.

Boal developed a family of techniques known as Theatre of the Oppressed, designed to help marginalized communities empower themselves through performance. He also became a city councillor in Rio De Janeiro, combining his theories with politics to create what he called "legislative theatre".

By all accounts, Boal was an incredibly passionate, committed man. His death is a loss for theatre, for the people of Brazil, and the thousands of people around the world who used and benefitted from his work. He will be missed.

Photo Courtesy of Jonathan McIntosh.