Guerrilla Theatre Resources

Guerrilla theatre was a form of theatrical protest popularised in America in the 1960s by the San Fransisco Mime Troupe. At its purest, guerrilla theatre was left-wing political activism in the form of avant-garde theatre performed in non-traditional spaces such as public parks and sidewalks. – Justin Cash

The Digger Archives

Original transcript of R.G. Davis (San Fransisco Mime Troupe) manifesto “Guerrilla Theatre” from the Summer 1966 issue of Tulane Drama Review.

Kara A. Mullison

Academic thesis “Creating Change Through Spectacle: Art, Life, and Politics in 1960s Guerrilla Theatre” discussing its lead-up, birth, and other agitational guerrilla theatre groups in America.


Essay by Jeffrey C. Jaffe linking the characteristics of Guerrilla Theatre to Augusto Boal’s forum theatre and the medieval practice of mumming.


Entry on the origins of guerrilla theatre, its practice, and post-1970s performance theatre.


Article on the history America’s Bread and Puppet Theater, a political / guerrilla theatre company featuring oversized puppets.

Angela Rothman

Academic thesis “Revolutionary Theatricality: Dramatized American
Protest, 1967-1968″ includes a detailed investigation of the San Fransisco Mime Troupe and other guerrilla theatre groups.

Translators for Justice

Excellent article by Firat Güllü about the activities of the San Fransisco Mime Troupe in the 1960s, their ideals, links to Commedia dell’Arte, and the splinter group the Diggers in New York.

Social Sculpture USA

Essay on the emergence of guerrilla theatre detailing the form’s three main phases in 1960s America.

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