Mixed Company Theatre Forum Theatre Training

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. 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.

We are so glad to be receiving multiple requests for workshops throughout the year. And in response, we are now holding workshops every 3-4 months!

Check out our workshop descriptions below to see what’s coming up!


Upcoming Workshops:


Rainbow of Desire Workshop

Rainbow of Desire, developed by Augusto Boal, is a therapeutic ability to use theatre to liberate individually and change lives. Boal discovered that the types of oppressions he encountered came from inside the individual rather than an outside manipulator. These oppressions were different in that they were deeply embedded things that happen in our mind. Rainbow of Desire was developed to explore inner conflict and what happens when an incident occurs and we have multiple and conflicting desires.

This workshop is a part of the arsenal of Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and uses the games and exercises inherent to this form of theatre to look at a persons’s personal / internal oppressions. Through storytelling and performing, the group examines moments of conflicting desires in our mind and body.

This workshop is ideal for actors, educators, counselors, social workers, community leaders and organizers. It helps participant learn more about the self, to better see other’s perspectives, become more empathetic to community needs and thinking, and give more colours to the development of a character in artistic work. Rainbow of Desire techniques focus in on the individual and help us to understand a little more of what is going on inside of us as individuals or as a community, and what we could do about it.

Prerequisites: This workshop is recommended for participants with previous experience in the arts / community engagement or who have attended any of our other Forum Theatre training workshops.
Time and Date: Saturday March 9, 2019; 10 AM to 5 PM both days
Duration:
 1 day
Cost: $140 + HST (We also have a pay-what-you-can option to ensure financial accessibility. Indicate your payment preference in the application form.)
Location:  The Ladies Parlour, Main Floor, 157 Carlton Street (Corner of Sherbourne and Carlton), Toronto ON M5A 2K3

 

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Masks of Manipulation Workshop

An invaluable tool for character development and conflict-resolution created by instructor Simon Malbogat, the “Masks of Manipulation” workshop 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 is recommended for participants with previous experience in the arts/ community engagement or attended Introduction to Forum Theatre.

 

Prerequisites: None
Time and Date: Friday March 15, 2019 and Saturday March 16, 2019; 10 AM to 5 PM both days
Duration:
 2 days
Cost: $280 + HST (We also have a pay-what-you-can option to ensure financial accessibility. Indicate your payment preference in the application form.)
Location:  The Ladies Parlour, Main Floor, 157 Carlton Street (Corner of Sherbourne and Carlton), Toronto ON M5A 2K3

 

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Forum Theatre Performance and Creation Workshop

MCT Forum Theatre Training

In this all-levels workshop, we will explore how Forum Theatre techniques of participation, intervention, and improvisation can help performers and theatre creators build tool kits for character development, devised creation, and audience engagement. This workshop is a great opportunity for artists who are looking to hone their performance and theatre creation skills, or want to create social justice theatre and/or community art projects.

Forum Theatre is also a great tool for educators, mental health professionals, and any and all practitioners of community engagement for facilitating conversations, critical inquiry, and action in their respective communities. Based on the principles of Theatre of the Oppressed, our intensive 2-day workshop will give participants an introduction to the artistic practice of Forum Theatre and how it can be used to inspire and empower community dialogue and grassroots advocacy.

Prerequisites: None
Time and Date: Friday July 19, 2019 and Saturday July 20, 2019; 10 AM to 5 PM both days
Duration:
 2 days
Cost: $280 + HST (We also have a pay-what-you-can option to ensure financial accessibility. Indicate your payment preference in the application form.)
Location:The Ladies Parlour, Main Floor, 157 Carlton Street (Corner of Sherbourne and Carlton), Toronto ON M5A 2K3

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Discounts / Pay What You Can

  • We welcome participants who would like to pay a different amount. We ask that the administrative fee of $50 be covered.
  • CAEA Members receive a 20% discount.

Venue

The Ladies Parlour, 157 Carlton Street, (corner of Sherbourne and Carlton), Toronto ON M5A 2K3


Payment

  • Please make all cheques payable to “Mixed Company Theatre.” Cheques can be mailed to 206-157 Carlton Street, Toronto ON M5A 2K3.
  • For payments through Interac e-transfer, please email us at info@mixedcompanytheatre.com.
  • Cash payments are not permitted.
  • Payment must be made on or before the start date of your workshop.

About Forum Theatre 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.

 

Questions? Call us at (416) 515-8080 or email info@mixedcompanytheatre.com.