Chair Power

Subgroup Size

Entire group


45 minutes

External Cost



Hunter, D. (n.d.) Chair power: Three types of power. Training for change. Retrieved from


Chair Exercise originally from Theatre of the Oppressed as used by Babu Ayindo and Daniel Hunter (see “Theatre of the Oppressed” or “The Rainbow of Desire” by August Boal, available in English).


Three types of power as used by George Lakey adapted from activist/author/witch Starhawk (see “Dreaming in the Dark: Magic, Sex, and Politics,” by Starhawk).

As a result of this activity, participants will be able to: 1. Understand and assess three different kinds of power: power-over, power-with-others, and power-from-within.