Each year, Mixed Company Theatre playwrights and consultants work with educators and school board members throughout Ontario to develop timely productions that address current issues within the student population. Sometimes, though, a school experiences unique challenges or unforeseen events, and may be looking for a creative solution that encourages input from all members of the school population.

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Custom Workshops

Mixed Company Theatre has been delivering custom workshops to schools for over 20 years. Our made-to-order workshops are an ideal, safe way to explore a particular issue. Our trained facilitators create engaging and interactive workshops that encourage involvement of all its participants. During the workshop, students will work together, with the facilitator’s guidance, to gain diverse perspectives on an identified issue and collectively discover alternative options, and plausible solutions. By using theatre as an educational tool, MCT stimulates critical thinking and engages students in active problem-solving skills. Below are some of themes that can be explored in our workshops each tailored to your students and tied to the Ontario curriculum.

  • Bullying
  • Substance Misuse
  • Diversity
  • Mental Health
  • Healthy Living
  • Homophobia
  • Sexual Assault
  • Gang Violence
  • Harassment and Manipulation
  • Peer Pressure
  • Civic Engagement
  • Environmentalism

Option 1: Class workshop
Duration: 60-75 mins. Class Period
Cost: $250 + HST
Participants: 20 students per facilitator. For more please inquire.
Description:
Within a full class period, your students will explore the selected theme using forum theatre games and activities. MCT will encourage students to create images or tableaus, which are inspired by the workshop theme. The students will analyze how these issues effect themselves and others.

Learning Outcomes: Class participation, oral communication, creating and presenting, reflecting, responding and analyzing an issue.

Option 2: Half Day Workshop
Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: $500 + HST
Participants: 20 students per facilitator. For more please inquire.
Description:
This half day facilitation delves deeper into the analysis of the selected theme. Using forum theatre techniques, students will build connections with each other and further explore the issues through the creation of vignettes or scenes within smaller groups.

Learning Outcomes: Group participation, oral communication, creating and presenting, reflecting, responding and analyzing.

Option 3: Full Day Workshop
Duration: 1 Full Day (7-8 hours)
Cost: $750+HST
Participants: 20 students per facilitator. For more please inquire.
Description:
In this full day workshop, students begin with a number of interactive games and exercises to help build trust and encourage openness within the group. Through vignettes and image making/tableau, students explore the selected theme, analyze the behaviors, learn how to recognize them and discover possible options and solutions. Students then break into groups where they will develop scenes on this issue and present what they have analyzed and created to the entire class. The workshop will allow the students to explore problem solving collectively amongst their peers.

Learning Outcomes: Group building and teamwork, oral communication, creating and presenting, reflecting, responding and analyzing.

Option 4: 2 Day Workshop + Presentation
Duration: 2 Full Days + 1hr Presentation
Cost: $1,500+HST
Participants: 20 students per facilitator. For more please inquire.
Description:
Within this 2 day workshop, students will learn to utilize forum theatre games and exercises to further explore an issue. With the guidance of a trained facilitator, students will develop and rehearse their vignettes; a presentation developed from the group’s identified theme/issue. On the final day of the workshop, a 1 hour presentation will be performed for the other grades or classrooms. This presentation will be lead by a facilitator who will open up and guide a discussion around the themes presented within the students scenes/vignettes. During the First Act of the presentation the students will present their created vignettes. The Second Act MCT’s facilitator will invite the audience members to step into the play and change the outcome of the scene in turn, students will then rehearse for reality.

Learning Outcomes: Presenting in front of an audience, oral communication, creating and presenting, reflecting, responding and analyzing.

Parent Workshop

Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: $750+ HST
Participants: 25
Description: MCT begins the first half of the parent workshop discussing the issues of bullying between classmates and the involvement of administration. The parents will explore the realities of their children that are either being bullied or the person bullying another at school and the role of the administration. MCT will present a series of vignettes and allow the parents to stop the action of the scene and offer other options, alternative and possible solutions.

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