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Crossing the river before summiting 17,500 Pico Austria. Photo by Ella Williams (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest, 2nd Place), South America Semester.

Teatro Trono

 

Over the years I’ve seen almost the exact same reaction take place countless times when someone is introduced to theater. At first almost everyone is hesitant. We’ve been conditioned to play it straight, to not stir the pot. Quickly though we immerse ourselves fully into the pure joy of simply being silly. We laugh, we hug and we open up. Theater has the ability to make us vulnerable. It has the ability to force us to look within ourselves. It has the potential to call us to action to challenge the system.

Teatro Trono based in the energetic and rebellious city of El Alto lights a fire in us all. Their work empowering and educating the youth of Bolivia inspires me and gives me hope in what could easily be seen as dark times. The passion of Ivan, Ana, Tintin and the many other actors of Trono are just one small gear in a giant machine of social change. Millions of passionate people are doing their small parts to better this world. In May of this year theater groups from all over the world, including Trono will gather in Argentina to discuss and plan how theater can change the world. Maybe for you it’s theater or music or engineering or cooking or teaching or whatever it is grab on to that passion and use it to make the world a happier, more love filled place.