Theatre for Social Change as a Method to Empower Mexican Youth.
Gonzalez, Marcela A. Rodriguez
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Theatre has always been concerned with change: it seeks to transform individuals and communities. Practitioners around the world have been working to raise problems and generate questions about which type of changes does a society need. Today, Mexican society is experiencing a problem with youth. They are getting involved in crime, which leads them to go to jail at an early age. Part of their rehabilitation program in youth prison includes theatre workshops, where they explore theatrical techniques to express themselves. However, Mexican youth do not have a prevention program that helps them to reexamine their life choices. With the techniques developed by Paulo Freire and his conscientization, Augusto Boal and his Theatre of the Oppressed, and Jorge Correa and his Prison Theatre, Theatre for Social Change can be used to empower Mexican youth.