THEATRE FOR ACTION:
Forum Theatre Workshops for Educators, Artists, and Community Activators
Mixed Company Theatre is bringing back their popular Forum Theatre workshops this June! Theatre for Action is our week-long series of intensive workshops conducted by renowned Forum Theatre Creator and Artistic Director Simon Malbogat.
A UNESCO-recognized educational tool for implementing social change, Forum Theatre is a community-focused, facilitated style of theatre designed to address social issues and inspire action for change. In Forum Theatre productions, professional artists and community members together create a universal story depicting a social issue of concern to the participating community. The community audience is then invited onto the stage to enact “an intervention” where they can either replace a character or suggest a change to the story for the better. Forum Theatre give communities the agency to develop their own grassroots solutions and the ability to envision the positive outcomes of creating social change.
The techniques of Forum Theatre creation are transferable to a wide range of community engagement and educational initiatives. Workshop participants will receive the skills to become better facilitators, artists, community leaders, and more socially-aware educators. Check out our workshop descriptions below!
Introduction to Forum Theatre
June 11th & 12th, 2018
|What you’ll learn||Suitable for all ages and abilities, this introductory workshop is designed to strengthen community activation and trust-building through interactive exercises developed from the fundamentals of creating Forum Theatre images. In this workshop, participants will hone their storytelling and image building techniques and explore how different styles of presenting multiple perspectives can aid positive problem solving.|
|Who should attend||Everyone!|
|Duration||2 full days from 10 AM to 5 PM|
Masks of Manipulation
June 13th & 14th, 2018
|What you’ll learn||An invaluable tool for character development and conflict-resolution created by instructor Simon Malbogat, the “Masks of Manipulation” utilizes masks inspired by Commedia dell’ Arte to help define our recognition of different emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual manipulative energies. The participants in this workshop will acquire an acute analysis of manipulation and oppression: how and why it happens, and what to do about it. This workshop will also include Lover’s Masks.|
|Who should attend||This workshop is recommended for participants with previous experience in the arts/ community engagement or attended Introduction to Forum Theatre.|
|Duration||2 dull days from 10AM to 5PM|
|Materials Provided||Supplemental map of the Masks of Manipulation|
Forum Theatre Playwriting 101
June 15th & 18th, 2018
|What you’ll learn||Class description TBA.|
|Who should attend||Everyone!|
|Duration||2 full days from 10AM to 5PM|
|Materials Provided||Structural pages for|
- Pre-book ALL workshops for $490+HST
- Bursaries available based on financial aid. Contact email@example.com for details.
- CAEA Members receive a 20% discount.
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- Cash payments are not permitted.
- Payment must be made on or before the start date of your workshop.
About Instructor Simon Malbogat
Simon Malbogat is an award-winning theatre director, performer, and teacher with over 25 years of experience in Forum Theatre facilitation. Simon studied with the greatest contemporary popular theatre practitioners (Augusto Boal, Jerzy Grotowski, Eugenio Barba, Yoshi Oida) and has directed and acted in over 50 new Canadian works. Throughout his career, Simon has been focused on bringing theatre to youth, resulting in over 40 Forum Theatre plays for young people and has worked with many community organizations such as the Community Initiative Project, Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club, the East End Community Health Centre, the Sears Drama Festival for Youth, the Social Planning Council of Peel and the Toronto West End Community. He has also taught at The University of Toronto, York University, Humber College, Queen’s and Brock University.
About Playwriting Instructor Luc Iogna
Luciano Iogna has worked in theatre for over forty years across Canada and internationally on four continents in a dozen different languages with more than a hundred theatres, communities and educational institutions as an actor, writer, director and instructor. Luc works extensively using Forum Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed techniques on issues such as AIDS to workplace safety and violence; with diverse cultural communities, trade unions, women’s organizations, professional associations, etc.
Two of his Forum Theatre plays produced by Mixed Company Theatre (SHOWDOWN and HOW CAN YOU TELL?) were nominated for Dora Awards.
About Mixed Company Theatre
Mixed Company Theatre has been producing innovative, socially-relevant theatre as a tool for positive change since 1983. Today Mixed Company Theatre is known for their commitment to inspiring communities and schools across Canada to create social change through theatrical practice. Our most recent activations include the InterGEN Project, a three-year initiative to connect seniors and youth from culturally diverse communities across the GTA through a series of creative workshops led by professional artists. These tales of family, migration, and cultural displacement was developed into two full-scale theatrical productions by renowned Toronto artists, Shelf Life and Spring Moon, which was covered by CBC News and OMNI Television.
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