Marie Claire Picher,

PhD, is a Theater of the Oppressed trainer and popular educator who collaborated annually with Augusto Boal from 1990 until his death in 2009. She is a founding member of TOPLAB (1990) and the Institute of Popular Education at the Brecht Forum (1992). In addition to leading hundreds of workshops in the New York, she has facilitated sessions in numerous cities throughout the United States, as well as in Mexico City and the Mexican states of Chiapas and Tabasco, in Santa Cruz del Quiche in the Guatemalan highlands, in Guatemala City and in Cuba. An article of hers, Dramatizing Democracy: Theater of the Oppressed, appeared in the Fall 2006 issue of Fellowship. Another article, Democratic Process and Theater of the Oppressed, was published in the December 2007 issue of New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education. She was Executive Director of the Brecht Forum from 1989 to 1993. She is also a tenured professor of French and Spanish, and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, NY.