For many years, Mixed Company Theatre has been bringing our Forum Theatre programming to post-secondary schools throughout Ontario. Often booked for Orientation week events, our participatory style of theatre is an effective and engaging way to promote safety, wellness, and inclusion in post-secondary environments.
Our programming offers students the opportunity to directly engage in social justice, mental health, and equity related topics through role playing and critical dialogue. Experienced facilitators lead each session so students feel comfortable and safe participating.
This year, we are offering two branches of programming, designed for different learning objectives. Our Topic-Based Social Wellness Programming helps students understand, discuss, and find actionable solutions to a variety of social issues. Our Classroom Forum Theatre Training Workshops are designed to teach students the principles and application of using Forum Theatre in community-engaged work. See below for full program descriptions.
Topic-Based Social Wellness Programming
This branch of our programming is designed to help students find realistic and effective strategies to overcome difficult situations they may encounter in their lives. Some topics we have covered include sexual violence and consent, peer pressure, and student mental wellbeing. Topics can be addressed in one of two program formats: Lightning Forum Theatre presentations, or Forum Theatre Workshops.
Classroom Forum Theatre Training Workshops
In these workshop sessions, students experience a blend of critical discussion, participatory exercises, and video footage of MCT’s work to understand the Forum Theatre process.
Each session is led by one of our experienced facilitators and teaches best practices in using Forum Theatre today as a community engagement tool.
Our post-secondary programming is available virtually throughout the 2022-23 school year. For LFTs, students can intervene in the scenes by toggling their cameras on and off or by using their audio only. We can run workshops virtually in one of two ways – if a class is all in person, our facilitator can join the class remotely, appearing on a screen in the room and giving prompts; if the class is all remote learning, we have adapted the key exercises to be delivered through the framing of video meetings.
For post-secondary schools located in the Greater Toronto Area, we can also deliver this programming in person, subject to health and safety guidelines.
If you are interested in booking any of our options, or have questions, please write to our communications team at firstname.lastname@example.org.