All programs will be conducted completely virtually, and the content of presentations will be tailored to student concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Toronto’s foremost Forum Theatre company, Mixed Company Theatre has been inspiring our students to create social change for over 20 years. Our school productions use Theatre of the Oppressed methodology and Forum Theatre to examine difficult social issues including: mental health stigma and support, healthy relationships and consent, and inclusion and equity. In true Theatre of the Oppressed fashion, we constantly consult with educators and the Ontario curriculum in developing each of our shows, which means that you can rest easy knowing that your Mixed Company production has been thoughtfully tailored to the needs and developmental level of your learners.
The Forum Theatre Difference
An UNESCO-recognized educational tool, Forum Theatre is a participatory style of theatre that is known for its effectiveness in helping students tackle issues that directly affect them by offering an opportunity for students to “rehearse for reality” and try out their own solutions for positive change.
This year we are offering two main types of programming:
Virtual Lightning Forum Theatre Presentations (LFTs) – In these presentations, a story representing an issue is performed (the first act) over video conferencing software. Students are then invited onto the (virtual) stage by a trained facilitator to enact “an intervention” where they can either replace a character or suggest a change to the story for the better. A trained Forum Theatre facilitator (the Joker) prepares and encourages participants to replace the actors on the virtual stage (Zoom screen) and to change the story in a constructive way.
Forum Theatre Workshops (In person or Virtual) – A trained Forum Theatre facilitator leads students through theatre games and exercises designed to prompt them to examine the chosen topic(s) from multiple perspectives. Through open and supportive Forum Theatre facilitation, students are able to share and explore strategies with one another in a safe artistic environment.
A part of the current drama curriculum for Ontario schools, Forum Theatre productions have often been used as an educational tool to support requirements in other areas, including Language Arts, Health and Physical Education, and Social and Family Studies.
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