A group of older adults engaged in a mirroring theatre exercise.

For over two decades, Mixed Company Theatre has helped organizations develop and present original Forum Theatre plays to address issues and concerns within their communities.

Forum Theatre is an UNESCO-recognized educational tool that involves the audience in developing real-time strategies to those issues. It celebrates community stories and voices, catalyzes people to ask questions about oppression and inequity, and build agency to develop grassroots solutions to community challenges. For more information on our process and Forum Theatre, see our page “Our Approach“.

We have a few different program formats available, which can be customized to address the most pressing concerns facing your community today. Read on for further details about the topics we can address and the structure of our programs.

The Programs

We offer three types of programming options, as well as a staff training option for community organizations to choose from, based on your goals and budget. Your community is fully involved in the creation process from beginning to end, possibly assisting with or acting in the final Forum Theatre presentation of the theme/topic that they wish to explore and analyze.

Description: Your participants will engage in theatre exercises such as storytelling, image theatre, sculpting, and tableaux creation to share their experiences, and develop awareness about how they can take action to make positive change for themselves.

Timeline: 2 hours per workshop

Group Size: Ideal for smaller groups (4-20)

Description: You talk to us about community issues and situations to be addressed. Our artists create and perform a customized presentation depicting scenarios reflecting community reality. The community interacts with the Forum Theatre play to find alternative solutions to their challenges.

Timeline: Consultation + creation time + 1.5 hours per presentation

Group Size: Ideal for larger groups (20+)

Description: Your members participate in theatre-based workshops to elicit stories of their personal experiences related to the topic/issue. They then use these as inspiration for a script and play depicting their reality. Participants perform the play before a community audience to catalyze dialogue and action.

Timeline: 10+ hours of workshop time + 1.5 hours of performance time

Group Size: Variable depending on scope of project

Description: We train your organizational staff members in how to integrate Forum Theatre exercises in their everyday practice with your community members.

Timeline: Variable

Group Size: Variable

Virtual Delivery Option

We have adapted our Forum Theatre techniques to be able to facilitate through a virtual platform which we offer as an alternative delivery format.

This means all the programming is still facilitated in real time, but over the Zoom platform instead of in person. We have found this delivery format especially effective in improving accessibility for communities who are unable to participate in person.

For those unfamiliar with Zoom, we start all programs with an overview of the functions and ways to interact for full participation.

Sample Topics

We can explore topics with community groups such as…

  • Diversity
  • Mental Health
  • Equity
  • Health Anxieties
  • Environment
  • Homophobia
  • Harassment
  • Add your own!

Communities We Work With

  • Newcomers
  • Indigenous
  • LGBTQ2S+
  • Women
  • Seniors
  • Youth
  • Homeless
  • Add your own!

Booking Information

To discuss a made-to-order workshop or play for your community, please contact us using one of the below methods.