ENGAGE • EDUCATE • EMPOWER
Vision & Mission
Mixed Company Theatre produces innovative, socially relevant drama as a tool for positive change. Founded as an artist-run collective in 1983, this nationally recognized not-for-profit today uses Forum Theatre and interactive arts to educate, engage and empower audiences in schools, communities and workplace.
Over the years, our anti-bullying program has empowered 300,000+ students across Ontario and is recognized as one of the most well-known and effective programs in the province. Among other successes, we have provided interactive job skills workshops to 600+ youth through our Skills to Succeed program.
Through the support of our sponsors, Mixed Company Theatre has brought innovative and engaging educational programming to students and other community members in Toronto and across Ontario. As the needs of the community grow and change, we continue to alter and expand our offerings to address new challenging social issues by bringing value to the community.
Mixed Company Theatre began as an artist-run collective in 1983, producing important, contemporary plays that featured social commentary in an engaging and entertaining way.
Our reach has expanded considerably since then, as have our audiences. But our commitment to using theatre as a tool for positive change has remained the same. A globally recognized Centre of Forum Theatre since 1992, Mixed Company Theatre today partners with schools, corporations and community organizations across Canada and around the world.
Mixed Company Theatre’s Role in Performance and Civic Engagement, by Luciano Iogna and Simon Malbogat (as seen on www.communityengagedtheatre.ca)
About Forum Theatre
Forum Theatre is an interactive approach that involves the audience in developing real-time strategies for dealing with social and personal issues.
In a Mixed Company production, a story representing an issue is created, rehearsed and performed. The story is then presented again—only this second time, audience members can intervene in the story, as “spect-actors,” to create a positive alternative ending. A trained Forum Theatre facilitator (the Joker) prepares and encourages participants to replace the actors on stage and to change the story in a constructive way.
Although many of the methods used by Mixed Company were researched, developed and adapted by internationally renowned theatre director and author Augusto Boal, several aspects of the work come directly from Mixed Company artists, as well as others in the Forum Theatre community. The Sweet Medicine Teachings of the Metis Medicine Society, in particular the tyrant oppressor wheel, as well as Simon Malbogat’s Masks of Manipulation, have contributed to the model of Forum Theatre used by Mixed Company.
Forum Theatre is a powerful tool that must be used responsibly. The desired result of this creative theatrical process is positive change, but the purpose of Forum Theatre is to create theatre, not personal therapy or psychodrama. To ensure a safe, appropriate environment, a Forum Theatre Facilitator must be a trained professional. Please contact us for information about Forum Theatre facilitator training workshops.