Our classroom workshops, based in Forum Theatre (and Theatre of the Oppressed) methodology, give students the opportunity to explore complex social issues in a safe, facilitated environment that encourages creative problem-solving.

Starting with fun theatre games designed to promote participation and improve communication skills, students are then asked 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 issues that matter.

 

“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

 

Theatre of the Oppressed methodology seeks to encourage the full participation and engagement of our
youth through theatre. Accordingly, our workshops are customizable to the issues that most affect your
classroom and are compatible with a wide variety of social justice, equity, civics, and arts-related
curriculum content.

 

In-class workshops address a range of social justice, equity and mental health related issues, including

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

 

Intensive Workshops

Duration: 60-75 mins. Class Period
Cost: $225 + 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:

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. Gain passion for the arts, civic engagement, social justice and equity.

 

Half Day Workshops

Duration: 3.5 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:

  1. Develop interest and skills to use the arts to explore issues of relevance
  2. Develop tools for navigating sensitive social issues of equity.
  3. Learn to view problems from multiple perspectives and increase empathy for others.
  4. Explore different forms of communication and creative problem-solving.

 

Full Day Workshops

Duration: 1 Full Day (6 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:

  1. Develop skills to build community by working collaboratively in groups / teams
  2. Create and present artistic representations for social inquiry
  3. Reflect, respond and analyze in groups using the arts
  4. Develop tools for navigating sensitive social issues of equity

 

2 Day Workshop + Presentation

Duration: 2 Full Days + 1hr Presentation
Cost: $1250+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:

  1. Create mini-scenarios representing social issues and present to an audience
  2. Initiate critical dialogue around social justice, equity and mental health issues
  3. Develop skills to build community by working collaboratively in groups / teams
  4. Create and present artistic representations for social inquiry
  5. Reflect, respond and analyze in groups using the arts
  6. Develop tools for navigating sensitive social issues of equity

 

Parent Workshops

Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: $350 + HST
Participants: 25
Description: Through a series of image theatre and tableaux exercises, facilitators will engage parents in an interactive session that will address a specific parenting challenge or theme. The workshops are fun, engaging and help parents to connect with each other, develop greater awareness about child-related issues and develop alternative solutions to address them in a realistic way.