Social Inclusion through Theater in Bolivia

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The funding we raise will allow us to organize theater workshops for children and adolescents that culminate in regional festivals in eastern Bolivia. In doing this, we aspire to build the foundation for stable theater troupes, ultimately with varying degrees of geographic scope. These troupes and the performances they stage will nurture the emerging arts and culture movements in these areas, provide opportunities for cultural expression and exchange, and contribute to a more inclusive society.

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In the last few decades, Bolivia has seen rising levels of violence, drug production and addiction, and societal tensions. Santa Cruz has become the second fastest-growing city in Latin America, but services and work opportunities have not kept pace with the increase in population and migrants have encountered difficulties in integration. Young people, who are the most vulnerable to these social problems, have become frustrated and isolated from each other, their families, and their culture.


We will organize theater workshops for small groups of young people in the province of Santa Cruz, thereby providing a space where individuals can interact with each other, develop their ability to express themselves, and celebrate their culture. To incentivize participation and increase the workshops' visibility, each one will culminate in a regional festival. We have used this model in the past and it has been successful in spurring public interest in theater and, eventually, tourism.

Long-Term Impact

Theater is a particularly potent way to achieve greater social inclusion because of its low financial barriers to entry, and eastern Bolivia is fertile ground for continued development in the dramatic arts. In the last decade, the National School of Theater was built in Santa Cruz, there are some 20 stable theater troupes in the region, and performances draw crowds of all ages and fill communal venues, proving the power of theater to engage youth and promote a tolerant, peaceful society.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Press coverage from the recent theater festival

Organization Information

Asociacion Pro Arte y Cultura

Location: Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santa Cruz - Bolivia
Website: http:/​/​
Asociacion Pro Arte y Cultura
Ariana Markowitz
Project Leader:
Ariana Markowitz
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santa Cruz Bolivia
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