Rachel DeSoto Jackson was elected to serve on the board of the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, Inc. national organization for a two-year term following a competitive nomination and peer-review process which included demonstrating expertise in the theories and practices of Paulo Freire, Augusto Boal, and the Theatre of the Oppressed system.
The PTO organization works to create global access to the pedagogical tools of theater for social change to foster collaboration and serve as a resource for oppressed peoples and their allies in diverse communities, contexts, and traditions.
In addition to producing an annual conference, the organization annually publishes its Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Journal, which showcases work in the field of applied theater.
DeSoto Jackson was newly appointed a permanent faculty member in the Department of Theater and Dance to lead our initiatives in patient simulation, theater engaged for social justice, and developing teaching artists. She directs SPATE, the Simulated Patient and Applied Theatre Ensemble. SPATE provides patient simulations for the Nursing program, stages training scenarios, and is developing its capacity to enter communities to provide meaningful, interactive theater performances.