What We Do

Theatre Programs & Retreats for Change

Strategies for Change theatre programs and retreats give groups and individuals the time and space necessary to explore deeper issues, problems, and visions in a safe, open, and creative environment separated from their work routines and environment. These programs seek to create change on three levels simultaneously—personal, group, and societal.

Theatre for Social Change
This creative and powerful method for exploring power dynamics, building democracy, and combating oppression is based on techniques developed by Brazilian theatre practitioner and social activist Augusto Boal.

We use games, exercises, and skits to actively engage people in identifying real social problems and offering solutions to combat external and internalized oppression. These workshops can be structured to culminate in an open public forum during which the audience watches the performance, steps in, and replaces the protagonist and practices new ways to combat oppression, after which all are immersed in a community dialogue on the issues at hand. (See theatre workshops.)

Peace Within, with Others, and in the World
This is a three- to five-day retreat that works to transform relationships—with ourselves, with others, and with society as a whole. Contemplative practices, conflict resolution, and peace education are taught and practiced. Strategies for Change uses a variety of art forms and exercises in this process, also allowing for self-care time to connect with nature and others. Participants leave with a renewed spirit, new skills, friends and contacts—and a plan for creating change.

Staff or Group Retreats
Strategies for Change will design or customize retreats to meet the needs of your particular group. Your group may want to combine some of the services or workshops that we offer or we can create a training or intervention from scratch. We have built retreats around many themes, such as Team Building, Visioning our Future and the Dynamics of Change, Letting Go, and Moving On.

“Linda has a knack for sensing what a group needs and coming up with the right exercise or process. I’ve seen her lead activities from the Theatre of the Oppressed that affected people, myself included, on a very deep level, all the while looking like play . . .”
—Jeanne Reock, Institute for International Connections

“I have seen Linda step into an unknown training situation, adopt her teaching to the particular skills and attitudes of the session, and gain the eye contact and trust of people who do not speak her language.”
—Craig Barnes, Armenia-Azerbaijan Peace Initiative