The 2017 dates for our Forum Theatre Training workshops have been announced!

Mixed Company Theatre is bringing back their popular Forum Theatre workshops this July! Theatre for Action is our week-long series of intensive workshops conducted by renowned Forum Theatre creator and Mixed Company Theatre Artistic Director Simon Malbogat. The techniques of Forum Theatre facilitation are transferable to a wide range of community engagement arts initiatives. Theatre for Action participants will receive the skills to become better facilitators, artists, community leaders, and more socially-aware educators.


THEATRE FOR ACTION: Forum Theatre Workshops for Educators, Artists, and Community Activators


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.


Introduction to Forum Theatre

July 7, 2017

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 & Anyone!
Fee $100+HST
Duration 10 am to 5 pm
Class Size 25
Prerequisites N/A
Materials Provided N/A
Registration Online Registration Form here.

Masks of Manipulation

July 10 & 11, 2017

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.
Who should attend This workshop is recommended for participants with previous experience in the arts/ community engagement or attended Introduction to Forum Theatre.
Fee $180+HST
Duration 2 Full Days; 10 am to 5pm
Class Size 15-20
Prerequisites INTRODUCTION TO FORUM THEATRE or equivalent experience.
Materials Provided Supplemental map of the Masks of Manipulation
Registration Online Registration Form here.

Facilitator/Joker* Workshop

July 12-14, 2017

What you’ll learn In this intensive on Forum Theatre facilitation, participants will become well acquainted with the process of developing Forum Theatre scenarios and be able to identify the key questions to catalyze your spectators into action. The instructor will create a safe, unique, and supportive environment to help participants become more alert to their own and others’ negative patterns and to refine their ability to become a more effective and neutral facilitator.
Who should attend This workshop is recommended for participants with previous experience in the arts/ community engagement or attended Introduction to Forum Theatre.
Fee $270+HST
Duration 3 Full Days; 10 am to 5 pm
Class Size/Facilitator 10-12
Materials Provided Includes supplementary reference book of Forum Theatre games and facilitation techniques.
Registration Online Registration Form Here.


* ‘JOKER’ is the term used to identify a facilitator responsible for the Forum Theatre process. A ‘JOKER’ leads presentation participants as the Forum play evolves, becoming the liaison between spectators and the characters on stage.



157Horizontal Rule Carlton Street, Toronto ON M5A 2K3 (at the corner of Sherbourne and Carlton).


* Bursaries available based on financial aid. Write to for details.

* Pre-book ALL workshops for $500+HST

* CAEA Members receive a 20% discount.


Please complete the online registration form


  • Please make all cheques payable to “Mixed Company Theatre.” Cheques can be mailed to 206-157 Carlton Street, Toronto ON M5A 2K3.
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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 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