Otto Award Winner Hector Aristizábal explores therapeutic power of performance

Lois Holzman greeted 2012 Otto Award winner Hector Aristizábal at a reception for the honorees at the Castillo Theatre (above).  Aristizábala Colombian psychologist and founder of Los Angeles-based ImaginActionuses performance and theatre games to help people deal with trauma. In accepting his award, he shared with the Otto crowd his sense of closeness to social therapy founder Fred Newman, and his understanding that performance is key to emotional development.  Aristizábal will be a presenter at the Performing the World  conference in October

The Otto Awards, named after Guatemalan poet and revolutionary Otto René Castillo, recognize the achievement of individuals and institutions who conceive, produce and foster the development of innovative and socially challenging theatre.  Other winners this year were the Ajoka Theatre, John O’Neal, the Sistren Theatre Collective, and Urban Bush Women.  Grace Jones, president of Audelco, was presented with the Aimé Césaire Lifetime Achievement Award. (See some of the coverage in UPTOWN Flavor.)

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About Janet Wootten

Janet Wootten is a media and public relations professional, a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors and a leader of its annual community fundraising campaign.
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