The GAP project consists of 15 to 20 youth (ages 14 to 18) coming together once a week for four hours of workshop and training in Theatre of the Oppressed, a type of interactive theatre. This form of participatory education uses games, exercises, and discussions to inform youth about gender-based issues, including stereotypes, bullying, homophobia, transphobia, and relationship violence, and empowers them to respond positively when they encounter these issues in their lives. Youth and facilitators share a meal each week, and create a safe space for conversation and support.
Through these workshops, the youth create interactive theatre scenes based on their collective life experiences. The youth will perform these plays in public forums, in order to facilitate dialogue and collective problem-solving in their communities. The audience is invited to intervene onstage and offer possible alternatives and solutions to the situations faced by the characters. Together, performers and audience explore different options for transforming violence and oppression in our communities.