Applied Theater Action Institute builds unique theater arts programming locally and internationally, and supports the proliferation of applied theater as a medium for education and social transformation.

What is “Applied Theater”?

In Applied Theater, the steps for making theater are used to make social change.

Unlike traditional theater experience, applied theater is more focused on the process of creation than on producing a performance. Applied theater doesn’t have to be on a stage. It can be a way to examine shared experiences, to collaborate and explore identity, and to educate. Want to know more? 

What do we do?

Applied Theater Action Institute offers innovative community programs both in the SF Bay Area and internationally, and supports the proliferation of applied theater as a medium for social transformation. We use theater and drama strategies to examine social issues, and offer resources to practitioners. We collaborate and support programs to increase civic engagement and accessible art.

What do we mean by “social change”?shadow2

By social change , we mean civic engagement/participation through increased personal and community action. The connections made are peer to peer, community to community, and individual to government. This is achieved through group actions to identify and address issues of public concern.

Theater + Social Justice + You

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Now Announcing:

The International Youth Theater Project’s US premiere, Revolution Acts, Oakland!

May 15th, 2014. Reserve your tickets here! Space is quite limited.


Applied Theater Action Institute is a member of the Intersection Incubator and are proudly fiscally sponsored by Intersection for the Arts; we are also members of the Teaching Artists Guild.








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Photo credit: Johns Freedman, Moscow; Jean Johnstone, Hong Kong; Poster, Ben Flax