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 gives 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!
For a limited time, register for FORUM THEATRE 101 on February 8th 2020 and receive 20% off the regular price of FORUM THEATRE PLAYWRITING on February 15th 2020.

Upcoming Workshops:

Forum Theatre 101: Introductory Workshop

MCT Forum Theatre Training

Forum Theatre is an interactive & participatory style of theatre designed to address social issues and inspire actionable change. In this intensive all-levels workshop led by award winning Forum Theatre artist Simon Malbogat, participants will learn how this social justice-based theatre style can be used to spark community dialogue and empower grassroots advocacy

Artists will explore how Forum Theatre techniques of participation, intervention, and improvisation can help build tool kits for character development, devised creation, and audience engagement. Community organizers, social workers, and educators will learn how they can use Forum Theatre in their everyday practice to initiate vital conversations, engage in critical inquiry, and create social change in their communities.

Date + Time: Saturday February 8th, 2020, 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Location: The Ladies Parlour, Main Floor, 157 Carlton Street (Corner of Sherbourne and Carlton), Toronto ON M5A 2K3
Cost: The price of this workshop is $130.00+HST or $104.00+HST for CAEA members. While this cost is already kept low with the help of our funders, students and arts workers who identify as under-waged are eligible for a further subsidized price of $65.00+HST. *Limited bursaries available. Read section on “Bursaries” below for details.
Prerequisites: None!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FORUM THEATRE 101!

Forum Theatre Playwriting

Facilitated by Mixed Company Associate Artist Luciano Iogna, this one-day workshop will take participants through the entire process of Forum Theatre script development.

Participants will learn how to use theatre games and techniques as research tools, how to ask explorative yet respectful questions, and how to care for the community knowledge which informs Forum Theatre script development. 

Writers and creators with previous Forum Theatre knowledge or experience will use their heightened understandings of important social topics as a basis for scripting high-quality, targeted, impactful, and uniquely interactive theatrical plays and scenarios.

Date + Time: Saturday February 15th, 2020, 9:30AM-5:30PM
Location: The Ladies Parlour, Main Floor, 157 Carlton Street (Corner of Sherbourne and Carlton), Toronto ON M5A 2K3
Cost: The price of this workshop is $150.00+HST or $120.00+HST for CAEA members. While this cost is already kept low with the help of our funders, students and arts workers who identify as under-waged are eligible for a further subsidized price of $75.00+HST. *Limited bursaries available. Read section on “Bursaries” below for details.
Prerequisites: Previous Forum Theatre knowledge or experience (if you’re new to Forum, be sure to also register for our Forum Theatre 101 workshop on February 8th — and receive 20% off Forum Theatre Playwriting for doing so!)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FORUM THEATRE PLAYWRITING!

Masks of Manipulation Workshop

The “Masks of Manipulation”, an invaluable character development and conflict-resolution process designed by Simon Malbogat, gives face to each of the seven different emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual manipulative forces we encounter both onstage and in daily life. This workshop draws on Commedia dell’Arte-inspired masks to help participants acquire a deeper awareness of manipulation and oppression: how and why it happens, what it looks and feels like, and how to de-escalate it.

In this two-day workshop, participants will embody and activate their understandings of manipulation, a process which culminates in the creation of each person’s own Mask of Manipulation. Each mask then becomes a physical touchstone in processes ranging from character development to community mediation. This workshop, co-facilitated by Simon Malbogat and Peter Jarvis, is suitable for artists, educators, social workers and community activators alike.

Prerequisites: This workshop is recommended for participants who have previous experience in the arts/community engagement, or who have attended our Introduction to Forum Theatre workshop.
Time and Date:
Interested in this workshop? Email us at info@mixedcompanytheatre.com and we’ll keep you posted on upcoming dates.
Duration: 2 days

Rainbow of Desire Workshop

In this experiential workshop led by Simon Malbogat, participants will activate Augusto Boal’s applied theatre techniques, such as image theatre and improvisation, to play out the multiple and competing desires of an individual or character as they navigate a moment of conflict.

This workshop, which is ideal for educators, actors, directors, counsellors, social workers, and community leaders, employs Boal’s Rainbow of Desire technique to broaden perspectives and reframe situations by focusing on the inner thoughts and impulses of the individual. Through storytelling and performance, participants will gain a deeper understanding of their conflicting and co-existing desires, which will enrich their work onstage and in community settings.

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: Interested in this workshop? Email us at info@mixedcompanytheatre.com and we’ll keep you posted on upcoming dates.

Bursaries

If you have questions about fees, please write to info@mixedcompanytheatre.com for details.

*In the spirit of removing financial barriers to access, Mixed Company Theatre is able to offer a limited number of bursaries to those who require financial assistance in order to attend the workshop. Please indicate your need for a bursary through the registration form for the workshop you wish to attend.


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

MCT Associate Artist Luciano Iogna has worked in theatre for over forty years across Canada. He has worked internationally on four continents in a dozen different languages, with more than two hundred theatres, communities, and educational institutions as an actor, writer, director and instructor. Luc has worked extensively using Forum Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed techniques on issues such as AIDS to workplace safety and violence, and he has worked with diverse cultural communities, trade unions, women’s organizations, and professional associations.

As playwright, Luciano has scripted more than 120 Forum Theatre produced plays. Two of his Forum Theatre plays produced by Mixed Company Theatre (SHOWDOWN and HOW CAN YOU TELL?) were nominated for Dora Awards.

About Masks of Manipulaton Instructor Peter Jarvis

Peter Jarvis has been an entertainer & performance artist since 1979. Facilitating artistic mime, dance, clown, mask and music have allowed Peter to work extensively in film, theatre and television on such shows as Sesame St and Cirque du Soleil. Peter Jarvis continues to enjoy performing internationally in the USA, England, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Poland, and Turkey. The Masks of Manipulation shown in the above photo are but one example of Peter’s talent as a professional designer and creator of masks.

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.