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Our Vision

D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective’s goal is to use theatre as a tool for reflection and social change, and we believe movement and interaction to be the most influential form of theatrical expression.

Together with live performances, we also want to bring our training methods to the heart of the community to generate discussion and incite action.

D.I.V.E.’s training program focuses on developing the dramatic and political potential in movement. Blending physical theatre, political theatre, dance and sound we place community engagement and the human body at the centre of the theatrical process.

Our programs are open for actors, dancers, musicians, visual artists, students, teachers and performing arts enthusiasts who want develop their acting skills, body awareness, self-expression, voice and stage dynamics.

Theatre of the Oppressed

Theatre of the Oppressed is a very influential instrument for individual reflection and social change. First developed by Brazilian theatre director Augusto Boal in the 1970’s, TO’s techniques are widely known and practiced around the world as a means to effect transformation in the lives of people and their communities.

D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective’s TO workshops are delivered in different formats throughout the year and include games and group exercises to develop the physical senses, rhythms, sounds, space awareness, relationships, memory, emotions and imagination. We cover the three main theatrical styles developed by Boal (Invisible Theatre, Image Theatre and Forum Theatre) through practical activities, discussions, historical overview, TO methodology and public showcases of the work developed during the training intensive.

The workshop is led by D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective’s Artistic Director Cesar Genaro, who was born and trained in Brazil, having used and disseminated TO’s techniques, in Brazil and Australia, throughout his career as an actor and director.

Upcoming Workshops

Theatre of the Oppressed Intensive

(in partnership with Public Act Theatre)


Mon 14 Dec – Fri 18 Dec 2020

10:00am – 3:00pm AEST (QLD Time)


Kirra Hill Community and Cultural Centre
1 Garrick St, Coolangatta
QLD 4225

Workshop Cost:
$330 / $295 Early Bird (Exp. 20 Nov 2020)

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Movement for Actors: Biomechanics

During the workshop, we will investigate the principles of Biomechanics, a system of physical techniques created by Russian actor and director Vsevolod Meyerhold (1874-1940). These intricate movement practices explore in depth the mechanical and organic aspects of theatrical play, which enable the actor to focus his awareness on each gesture produced on the stage.

D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective’s Movement workshop includes a practical overview of Meyerhold’s études: physical training exercises to fine tune the body and discipline the actor’s actions, reactions, impulses and responses on the stage. This psychophysical approach to performance aims at developing basic skills such as rhythm, precision, balance, playfulness, harmony, coordination, responsiveness, confidence and expressiveness.

The workshop is led by D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective’s Artistic Director Cesar Genaro, who was born and trained in Brazil, having used and disseminated Meyerhold’s techniques throughout his career as an actor and director.

Actors’ Arena

ARENA: a place or scene of activity, debate, or conflict.
D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective’s Actor’s ARENA is an ongoing, year-long physical theatre training program for performing artists, directors, Drama students, teachers and performing arts enthusiasts which aims at building an engaging community of creative minds to foster connections, stimulate investigation and encourage cooperation.

In a relaxed and friendly environment, participants are encouraged not only to learn and practice different physical theatre approaches, but also to experiment, research, discuss, act, collaborate and create in order to transform their acting and strengthen relationships with themselves and others on the stage.

The training encompasses several methodologies and techniques including Biomechanics, Viewpoints, Theatre of the Oppressed, Contemporary Dance, Contact Improvisation, among others.

Stay tuned for more information and the first round of training in February 2021.