Performing Arts for Social Change

Drumming at a PASC Zumbathon eventModeled after Augusto Boal's “Theater of the Oppressed,” Performing Arts for Social Change (PASC) is theater, music and dance that offers a forum to those groups who are often not heard. Performances are of them and from them - their words, their experiences.

PASC has worked with elementary school children in under funded schools, with gang members in New York City, with incarcerated youth in upstate New York, and women’s groups in Central Africa. Topics have included AIDS education and women’s empowerment in Cameroon, poverty and powerlessness in New York City, and racism in rural America. We use this form of performance to get people to think, to hear what too often remains silent, and to find ways to create necessary change within their society.