Our classroom workshops based in Forum Theatre methodology give students the opportunity to explore complex social issues in a safe, facilitated environment that encourages creative problem-solving. Accordingly, our workshops are customizable to the issues that are most relevant to your classroom and are compatible with a wide variety of social justice, equity, civics, and arts-related curriculum content.
Starting with fun theatre games designed to promote participation and improve communication skills, students will then work with our trained facilitator to create image-based theatre scenes that encourage them to examine the workshop topic from multiple perspectives. Each session will end with a discussion circle where students will reflect on their work and leave inspired with positive, realistic strategies on the topic.
Available topics include:
- Bullying/ Cyber-Bullying
- Mental Health
- Homophobia and Transphobia
- Sexual Assault and Harassment
- Substance Misuse
- Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity
- Healthy Living
- Gang Violence
- Peer Pressure
- Civic Engagement
Semester: Available all year round!
Duration: 60-75 min (1 class period; negotiable)
Participants: 1 class
1. Develop tools for navigating sensitive social issues of equity.
2. Learn to view problems from multiple perspectives and increase empathy for others.
3. Explore different forms of communication and creative problem-solving.
4. Generate passion for the arts, civic engagement, social justice and equity.
“I really appreciated how the [Forum Theatre] format allowed students to immerse themselves in situations and was impressed with the level of student participation… they could test out their theories in real time. The students got the chance to speak up for themselves…”
– Timothy, Youth Worker and Teacher
Want More Forum?
We also offer half-day and full-day workshops as well as on-going programming for schools who would like a more intensive look into the Forum Theatre process or are interested in developing a Forum Theatre production themselves. We provide programming for educators and parental councils as well, with previous clients including the EFTO- Toronto Occasional Teacher’s Council and TDSB Student Success Office’s Stop the Stigma Conference. For more information, please contact email@example.com .