Dedicated to the promotion of Theatre of the Oppressed - particularly in the field of education - the Centre for Community Dialogue and Change (CCDC) is an organisation based in Bengaluru, India.
What CCDC does:
Radha Ramaswamy, the Founder of CCDC, had been looking for a way to integrate her commitment to education and social justice, and her life long interest in theatre.
Theatre of the Oppressed, with its foundation in Paulo Freire's Critical Pedagogy, and history of community education, appeared to be the perfect tool for this.
In June 2010, both Radha and her husband Ram travelled to the Mandala Center for Change in Port Townsend, Seattle, Washington, to take Marc Weinblatt's training for TO facilitators.
In January-February 2011 , Radha invited Marc to conduct Theatre of the Oppressed facilitator training workshops in India.
Over 250 people, from diverse backgrounds - theatre professionals, social workers, college students, teachers and teacher trainers, doctors, medical students - participated in these workshops held in Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
At the end of this four-week intensive TO experience, Radha was convinced that she wanted to work towards introducing Theatre of the Oppressed in mainstream education in India and the Centre for Community Dialogue and Change led by Radha and a team of professionals from varied backgrounds was born.