Mon June 24 – Fri June 28

9am – 5pm

$395 (early bird*) $420

UQ, St Lucia

Join the “rehearsal for the revolution” by stepping into the world of Theatre of the Oppressed (TO).

TO is a movement ignited by director and political activist Augusto Boal in the early 1970s. It was designed for people actively engaged in the pursuit of liberation—whether it’s breaking free from external societal oppression or overcoming internal mental barriers. TO is not just a set of techniques; it’s an opportunity for people who want to effect change in their own lives and those of their communities.

What to expect:

  • Jump into embodied group exercises and forms such as Image Theatre, Forum Theatre, and Cop in the Head
  • Embrace the role of a Joker
  • Engage in enlightening discussions on the rich history, philosophy, and pedagogy of Theatre of the Oppressed

This five-day intensive is led by QSE Artistic Director Dr. Rob Pensalfini, who is an experienced Joker (Theatre of the Oppressed facilitator). He has utilised this work with teachers’ organisations, primary and secondary schools, universities, community organisations, and in prisons in both Australia and the USA.

Rob has trained with leading Theatre of the Oppressed practitioners from around the world, including Brent Blair, Julian Boal, and Barbara Santos. Together, Rob and Brent pioneered the renowned QSE’s Shakespeare Prison Project in 2006, Australia’s first Prison Shakespeare initiative.

Please complete this Training Registration Form

Then purchase your ticket here
Please note this course is for participants 18yrs and over.

“…more than a course about performance, it is a course that teaches people about the art of living and responding to the world as a creative being.”
Paul Bishop


Rob Pensalfini
“Rob’s greatest strength is his willingness to be vulnerable despite his depth of knowledge and that he has lead the course many times before. He brings all of himself to the course.”
Participant, 2016


QSE reserves the right to cancel all or part of a course if it determines that there are insufficient participants for the training to proceed or if unforeseen circumstances arise. If this happens, participants will be entitled to a refund for any cancelled portion of the course. We accept no liability for any other costs. Before booking flights or accommodation to attend a QSE course, please contact us to confirm your course will go ahead as planned. 

Bookings are confirmed upon receipt of course fees. Cancellations received more than 1 week (7 days) from the commencement of the course will incur a 20% cancellation fee alternatively you may request a credit note for the full fee amount. 

Once a course has commenced, no refund is possible. Please note that should you need to stay home due to displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, a partial refund or transfer of bookings to an alternate training program will be available upon receipt of a doctor’s certificate. 

Substitutions of participants can be made prior to course commencement by notifying QSE via email or phone call, provided participants are eligible for the course. 


QSE is an affiliate of the Companion Card program. If you have a Companion or Carer whom you would like present at our workshop, please email to make use of the program when booking tickets.


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*paid in full 2 weeks prior to the course commencing