Workshops with Hector Aristizábal

About the workshops

Hector Aristizábal will be offering a four-day intense exploration in the uses of Theatre of the Oppressed. The workshop is in two parts, and can be followed separately:

The rupture of the spider web, March 20-21,2014

When gathering with communities it matters what kind of stories are worked with, to increase the depth of the process. “The rupture of the spider web” is a workshop in gathering the pivotal stories from the place of rupture in the creation of the Forum piece.

Theater as healing ritual, March 22-23, 2014

“Theater as healing ritual” is a workshop in interweaving healing rituals with participatory forms of art. The central question is how to address the demand for healing when dealing with the wounds in the community. Art used to be the space where humanity heals as therapy is the place for the individual healing.


Hector’s workshops are ideal for participants with basic knowledge and/ or experience with Participatory Drama, Theatre of the Oppressed and related techniques: drama teachers, peace-activists, TO practitioners, drama therapists, et cetera.


“The rupture of the spider-web”
Thursday and Friday, March 20-21, 2014

“Theater as healing ritual”
Saturday and Sunday, March 22-23, 2014

10am-5pm on all days


€ 195,- for two days, € 350,- for four days, payable in advance. Coffee, tea and lunch are included in the fee.


“Formaat, Workplace for Participatory Drama”
Westzeedijk 513, 3024 EL Rotterdam


To participate in Hector’s workshops, just fill in the booking form and send it as soon as possible to

About the facilitator

Hector Aristizábal, ImaginAction’s founder and artistic director, was born and raised in Medellín, Colombia when it was the most dangerous city in the world. Since arriving in the US, as a refugee, he has won awards as an artist and also received a second Masters degree, in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Oaks College, leading him to combine his training in psychology and the arts with lessons gained from life experience in his therapeutic work with torture and trauma survivors, incarcerated youth, immigrant families, and people affected by HIV/AIDS and many more.

All over the world he trains peace activist and applied theatre practitioners, therapists to use the transformative power of Theatre of the Oppressed and related techniques, in programs as far afield as Afghanistan, India, China, and Palestine. For community building and reconciliation, strategizing, and individual healing and, liberation!

Hector was recently honored with the prestigious Otto René Castillo Award for Political Theatre in 2012.

He is co-author of The Blessing Next to the Wound: A Story of Art, Activism, and Transformation