A design advertising Mixed Company Theatre's professional development workshops about Forum Theatre.

Our Workshops

An UNESCO-recognized educational tool for implementing social change, Forum Theatre is a community-focused, facilitated style of theatre designed to address social issues and inspire action for change.

Forum Theatre gives communities the agency to develop their own grassroots solutions and the ability to envision the positive outcomes of creating social change.

The techniques of Forum Theatre creation are transferable to a wide range of community engagement and educational initiatives.

Workshop participants will receive the skills to become better facilitators, artists, community leaders, and more socially-aware educators.

Upcoming Workshops

Deepen your understanding of Forum Theatre this March 2024 through our upcoming workshops facilitated by MCT’s Artistic Director Simon Malbogat.  Under Simon’s leadership, MCT was declared Canada’s first Forum Theatre Centre by the founder of Theatre of the Oppressed, Augusto Boal.

These workshops are an exciting opportunity to learn the foundations of Forum Theatre from an esteemed FT Joker whose expertise has shaped the effective, engaging and empowering work MCT has been doing in diverse Toronto communities for 40 years. 

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Note: If you sign up to attend both “Introduction to Forum Theatre” and “Forum Theatre Creation” there is a bundle discount available so the price will be $350 + HST (CAD)

Date(s): Friday March 8, 2024 

Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (EST) 

Location: Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave, Toronto, ON   

Facilitated by: Simon Malbogat

Price: $150 + HST (CAD)

Prerequisites: None!

Workshop Description:

Join us for an immersive one-day workshop, facilitated by award-winning Forum Theatre artist Simon Malbogat. This workshop is designed to introduce you to the transformative power of Forum Theatre through a unique blend of gameplay, live demonstrations, and insightful discussions. 

Throughout the day, participants will delve into the theory and fundamentals of Forum Theatre and its invaluable role in addressing social issues. Simon will guide you through interactive exercises and group activities, allowing you to explore the potential for change within a safe and collaborative environment.  

Whether you’re an aspiring actor, social activist, educator, or simply curious about the intersection of art and social change, this workshop offers a rich learning experience. Discover the power of Forum Theatre as a catalyst for dialogue, empathy, and collective action. 

In this workshop you will… 

  • Learn the history, context, and basic principles involved in Forum Theatre (FT) 
  • Participate in Forum Theatre games often used with community to explore and develop scenarios on social justice topics 

Date(s): Saturday March 9 and Sunday March 10, 2024

Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM  

Location: Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave, Toronto, ON   

Facilitated by: Simon Malbogat

Price: $250 + HST (CAD)

Prerequisites: You will need to have an understanding of the basic principles and intentions of Forum Theatre through our Introduction to Forum Theatre workshop, or practical experience with the FT process.

Workshop Description:

Join us for a transformative two-day workshop delving deeper into the art of Forum Theatre creation, led by acclaimed artist Simon Malbogat. This immersive experience welcomes artists, educators, activists, community leaders and anyone else interested in learning the process of using Forum Theatre to address pressing social issues.  

In this workshop, we will go in depth on the process of using Forum Theatre with communities – exploring how to build trust with a community, how to use different games and activities to prepare groups for exploring issues they face, and how to develop Forum Theatre scenarios with and for various community groups. 

In this workshop you will… 

  • Participate in the step-by-step process of creating a Forum Theatre scene 
  • Learn key games and exercises which facilitate community sharing, conflict analysis, and creation  
  • Have an overview of performance facilitation (joking)  
  • Receive a guide/manual for games and exercises 

This workshop will help artists, community organizers, social workers, and educators discover how including Forum Theatre principles and activities in their practice can initiate vital conversation, engage in critical inquiry, and create social change in communities.

Payment Details

  • You can make payment by cheque or Interac e-transfer to info@mixedcompanytheatre.com. Please email our team for the mailing address if sending a cheque.
  • Cash payments are not permitted. 
  • Payment must be made before the start date of your workshop.
  • In order to reduce barriers to accessing this training, we have a limited number of spots available at a subsidized rate of 50% of the total cost. Those seeking a subsidized spot in the workshop(s) must indicate this in the registration form and follow the instructions outlined there to be considered.

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