The Theater of the Oppressed describes theatrical forms that the Brazilian theater practitioner Augusto Boal first elaborated in the 1970s, first in Brazil and then in Europe. Boal’s techniques use theater as a means of promoting social and political change. In the Theater of the Oppressed, the public becomes active, and as “spect-actors”, they explore, show, analyze and transform the reality in which they live.


Actor and director, Rui Frati begins his theatrical career in Brazil after studying theater and sociology. He worked with Robert Wilson, Andrei Serban, Enrique Buenaventura, Augusto Boal, Ariane Mnouchkine, Maurice Vanneau, Alvin Nikolais … In Europe, he taught at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art in Lisbon before settling in Paris where he succeeded Augusto Boal at the direction of the Theater of the Oppressed in 1998.

He is at the origin of the establishment of the company in a place located in the XIIth arrondissement of Paris and contributes to confer a status of European research center of the method of the Theater of the Oppressed.

About the event


RUI FRATI Director of the Théâtre de l’Opprimé Paris and the MirgrActions Festival

Conference & Workshop
Sofia, 22-27.05.2018


“The Theater of the Oppressed” (public conference)

“Methods and techniques of the Theater of the Oppressed” (practical workshop – 20h)

“Forum Theater” (public presentation of the results of the workshop)


Arte Urbana Collectif in partnership with the French Institute of Bulgaria, Goethe-Institut Bulgaria, and the Theater of the Oppressed.