Three actors in a scene from a post-secondary Mixed Company production. Two people sit at a table while a third person stands between them and has one of their hands up in an "ok" gesture.

Overview


At Mixed Company Theatre, we create presentations and facilitate workshops of Forum Theatre, an interactive approach rooted in Paulo Freire’s critical pedagogy and Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed methodology. It actively involves students in developing real-time strategies for dealing with social and personal issues.

Forum Theatre creates a safe space for students to experiment, ask questions, take risks, and imagine creative solutions to challenging situations they recognize from their lives.

For post-secondary institutions, we can facilitate Forum Theatre programming that works well as part of events like Orientation week, student leader training, campus safety events and many more.

Read on to see our offerings for post-secondary institutions in 2021!

Lightning Forum Theatre Presentations


75 mins | 350-400 students

In our Lightning Forum Theatre presentations, we create a short play for you that depicts a worst case scenario of your chosen topic. This story will be presented by actors as the “first act” of the presentation. Then, audience members will be invited onto the 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 stage and to change the story in a constructive way.

This participatory nature of our presentations allows students the chance to test out their strategies in a safe environment, finding solutions that are realistic, actionable, and effective for them in combatting challenging situations they may encounter in their lives.

This year we are offering two main presentation options for post-secondary schools: Sexual Violence + Consent, and Student Mental Wellbeing.

Presentation A: Sexual Violence + Consent

This presentation addresses the following key themes, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will highlight how issues of sexual violence and consent can manifest during this time of physical distancing.

  • Substance Abuse
  • Emotional manipulation
  • Victim-blaming
  • Allyship
  • Gender discrimination
  • Rape culture
  • Harassment based on race and sexuality
  • The importance of ongoing and enthusiastic consent

Presentation B: Student Mental Wellbeing

This presentation will address the following themes in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will highlight how mental health can be affected by developments in the crisis – physical distancing measures, health concerns, and more.

  • Mental health stigma
  • Depression
  • Burn-out
  • Isolation
  • Normalization of poor mental health
  • Loneliness
  • Mental health allyship
  • FOMO
  • Anxiety

If you would like to cover another topic – write to us and we can talk about customizing a presentation for you!

Check out our trailer for Presentation A, Consent Matters!

Forum Theatre Workshops


60-75 min | 30 students

In this programming option, you choose the topic(s) you want addressed and one of our experienced facilitators will design a theatre-based workshop that prompts participants to identify, engage with, and find actionable solutions to address those challenges. You can choose from a variety of social justice, mental health, and equity-related topics. This option differs from our presentations in that students will not be viewing an already created presentation, but will instead be participating in various improvisational theatre games and exercises.

These workshops start with fun theatre games designed to help students feel comfortable participating. Then, they will be led through various activities where they use body language to represent different ideas, experiences, and challenges involved in the overall topic(s) they are exploring. Participants may be guided to improvise and present short scenes with each other that reflect the ideas shared in the previous exercises. Throughout the workshop there will be plenty of opportunities to unpack the perspectives presented, and discuss possible ways of combatting these challenges in the real world.

Topics we can address include…

  • Mental Health & Allyship
  • Homophobia & Transphobia
  • Sexual Violence & Consent
  • Inclusion, Diversity,& Equity
  • Anti-Racism
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Harassment
  • And many more!

For more details on our Post-Secondary programming, take a look at our brochure!

Booking Information


Contact our communications team to inquire about booking our programs and discuss multiple performance discounts.