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. Check out our workshop descriptions below!
Forum Theatre Performance / Creation Workshop
New fall/winter dates by popular demand!
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.
Time and Date: Friday November 9th, 2018 and November 10th, 2018 ; 10 AM to 5 PM both days
Duration: 2 days
Cost: $170 + HST (Discounts and bursaries available)
Location: 157 Carlton Street (Corner of Sherbourne and Carlton)
- Bursaries available based on financial aid. Contact email@example.com for details.
- CAEA Members receive a 20% discount.
157 Carlton Street, Toronto ON M5A 2K3 (corner of Sherbourne and Carlton).
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- 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.
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