Reasons to Celebrate
The Teatro del Barrio (Neighborhood Theater) first opened its doors in downtown Madrid in December, 2013, as a self-managed cooperative whose principal motivation is not profit, but to promote the common good and to build a more just, solidary and fraternal society. The theater has two principal components. One is the production of theatrical works to stimulate debate, addressing topics such as corporate and political corruption, the Spanish monarchy, women under fascism or the history of capitalism in Spain. The other component is the Universidad del Barrio, which was created by a group of professors committed to the promotion of critical consciousness through classes in various disciplines. This chapter explains the history and modus operandi of this unique initiative, foregrounding its overtly political purpose.