Legislative Theater, which pushes Forum Theater a step further, is Boal’s most recent innovation.

In 1992, Boal was elected on a Workers Party slate to the Chamber of Vereadores (similar to a City Council in the United States) of Rio de Janeiro.

Once installed in office, he adapted his theater techniques for use in city politics, with some hilarious–and sometimes rancorous–results.

He hired his theater group as his legislative staff and extended their methods of participatory theater into the realm of government by creating seventeen companies of players in communities throughout the city.

This method of governing came to be called legislative theater in which ordinary people, usually restricted to the role of voters, were encouraged to become legislators.

Brazil now has 13 laws that were created in legislative-theater forums, and experiments in legislative theater-type work have since taken place in London, Toronto, Munich, and Paris.