In the 1960s Boal created a process whereby audience members could stop a performance and suggest different actions for the actors, who would then carry out the audience suggestions. Taking it a step further, he began inviting audience members with suggestions for change onto the stage to demonstrate their ideas. In so doing, he discovered that through this participation the audience becomes empowered not only to imagine change but also to practice that change and thereby generate social action. For Boal this was the birth of the "spect-actor" (not spectator) and his theatre was transformed.
Universidad nacional de Colombia