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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies


Workshop on Intervention Theatre For Gender Awareness.



The Intervention Theatre workshop embodies the second part of our seminar entitled Introduction to Intervention Theatre Theory and Practice (Sose 2013). The first part which was theoretical based introduced course participants to a historical overview of applied theatre in Africa and to major theories of participatory education propounded by Augusto Boal and Paulo Freire. As regards the practical part, course participants as expected are currently participating in a theatre project that includes guest participants from the African Women and Youth Organization (AWYO), an NGO which is based in the city of Berlin. The focus of the Intervention Theatre project is on gender categories and how this topic is understood from a Western and an African perspective. Workshop activities continue from July 15-19, 2013 at Invalidenstrasse 118, in Room 410.

The poster and flyer were created by Marianna Wegner; contact: jahliberte@yahoo.de.



The pictures below portray course participants in the process of practising Augusto Boal’s Image Theatre.









Applied Theatre Workshops, Play Production and performances

Winter Semester 2018/2019. February 25th – March 1st, 2019.
“Social Theatre for Awareness and Empowerment: Focus on Gender and Migrancy”

Winter Semester 2016/2017.  February, 20th -25th, 2017. “Community Theatre for Conscientisation and Empowerment Workshop”.

September 24-29, 2017. Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)-DAAD Graduate School (University of Cape Coast Ghana, University of Maidiguri Nigeria and University of Hildesheim Germany). Performing Sustainability: Cultures and Development in West Africa. “Social Theatre Workshop on Culture and Sustainability”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTfAIDANMR0

Spring Semester 2017. Workshop on “Migration and Social Theatre for Intervention and Consciousness-Raising”, Bard College of Liberal Arts Berlin.

June 2016.  Workshop with Prof. Fadi Skeiker (University of Amman, Jordan) on “Intervention Theatre and Object Installation: Gender”

Summer semester, 2016. Community theatre workshop with focus on Image Theatre. The Images created from this workshop were inspired by a story recounted by Alexa, a student participant. The story narrated stereotyping individuals either because of how they look or because they are engaged in a banal leisure activity in a public space.

Winter Semester 2014. Introduction to Play Production. The production of Greig Coetzee’s Happy Natives.  Two Performances of the play at the KunstFabrik Schlot,Berlin Mitte.

September 18-22, 2013. Social Theatre for the Empowerment of the Elderly in Bafut, Cameroon. Sponsored by the Frauenförderung and The Institute of Asian and African Studies of Humboldt University in Berlin.

Summer Semester 2013. July 15-19, 2013. MA Workshop on “Intervention Theatre for Gender Awareness”, Humboldt University, Berlin.  The workshop was done in collaboration with African Women and Youth Organization, an NGO which is based in Berlin.

Summer Semester 2012. Social Theatre for the Empowerment of the Elderly, University of Dusseldorf.

2001-2003. Theatre Resource Person with Prof. Bole Butake  (HELVETAS-Cameroon)

The overall goal of Helvetas (Swiss Association for International cooperation) Cameroon is to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of the rural population in the North West, South West and Western Provinces of the country. They seek to maintain sustainability of natural resources, rural infrastructure, Human rights, education and culture.

Theatre Workshop Projects achieved with HELVETAS, Cameroon

April 19th -25th, 2001. Children’s Theatre for Environmental Education, Bamendankwe.    

June 1st -7th, 2001. Children’s Theatre for Environmental Education, Nkor (Noni).

August 31st-September 6th, 2001. Children’s Theatre for Environmental Education for training of trainers, Kumbo.

March 8th –14th, 2002. Children’s Theatre for Environment Education, Benakuma and Befang.

June 7th -13th, 2002. Children’s Theatre for Environmental Education, Binka.

April 27th - May 1st, 2003. Children’s Theatre on Water Management and Catchment Protection, Akeh.

2003-2005. Summer Story Time assistant at the British Council Library, Yaoundé Cameroon: Responsible for awakening the creative spirit in children through drama, games and poetry.