All workshops and presentations will be conducted virtually and the content will be tailored to the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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 a 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.
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.” They can replace characters, suggest changes and act out their own solutions to result in a positive alternative ending.
We offer three types of virtual 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.
In light of the shutdowns and physical distancing measures in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have adapted our Forum Theatre techniques to a virtual platform!
We offer all of our community programming through Zoom. For those unfamiliar with Zoom, we start all presentations with an overview of the functions and ways to interact for full participation.
We can explore topics such as…