Workshops

TFP Feature - Workshops 2014 ColorThe Forum Project provides workshops and training opportunities for educators, artists, community organizers, social workers, advocates and leaders to learn more about creative pedagogical tools that entertain, excite and engage communities while working towards education and social change.

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2014 Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop Series

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Intro to Theatre of the Oppressed
April 6, 2014, 10AM to 4PM
This is where it all begins. In this workshop we will introduce you to the theories and some preliminary work of Theatre of the Oppressed and prepare you for using Theatre of the Oppressed techniques in your work and communities, while having lots of fun in the process!

Rainbow of Desire: Tools to Combat Internalized Oppression
May 4, 2014, 10AM to 6PM
PREREQUISITES: Intro and Image, or previous Image experience
How do we fight internalized oppression? How do the oppressive structures and functions in society inhibit our liberation? How can theatre open the way to greater personal freedom? In this workshop, participants will explore Theatre of the Oppressed’s Rainbow of Desire (called “Boal’s method of theatre and therapy) and gain tools and techniques to utilize Theatre of the Oppressed to uncover and combat internalized oppression.

Intro to Theatre of the Oppressed
May 24, 2014, 10AM to 4PM
This is where it all begins. In this workshop we will introduce you to the theories and some preliminary work of Theatre of the Oppressed and prepare you for using Theatre of the Oppressed techniques in your work and communities, while having lots of fun in the process!

Forum Theatre 1: Developing the Forum Play
June 8, 2014, 10 AM to 6PM
PREREQUISITES: Intro, or other TO workshop (Image highly recommended)
Forum Theatre is a highly accessible form of theatre, but in order for a Forum play to be successful, it must have several elements that serve goals established in Theatre of the Oppressed. In this workshop participants will explore the theory and function of Forum Theatre and learn the necessary components of and techniques to devise a solid Forum Theatre play.

Forum Theatre 2: The Performance
July 13, 2014, 10 AM to 6 PM
PREREQUISITES: Intro and Forum 1, or other Forum experience
The Forum performance is a delicate dance of push and pull, in which Forum actors and the Joker work with the audience to explore the complex issues presented in the Forum play. This workshop will give participants a chance to practice skills often only gained in a Forum Theatre performance. Participants will grow their skills as Forum actors and as Joker. They w will examine the Forum process, explore different styles of performance, and will practice Jokering real Forum scenes.

Advanced Joker Techniques
August 9 and 10, 2014, 10AM to 4PM
PREREQUISITES: Rainbow, Forum 1, or Forum 2, or previous advanced workshop with TFP
Skilled facilitation of Theatre of the Oppressed is not only in the activities, but in the frameworks and methods of execution of these activities. In this workshop, participants will delve into the deeper and complicated questions of Theatre of the Oppressed, strengthen political frameworks that support the work, explore complex and nuanced facilitation, play with style, voice and body language and learn tools for continued growth as a Theatre of the Oppressed facilitator.

Workshop Packages

Grow your skills! Register for a Workshop Package to strengthen your learning at a discount!

  • Workshop Package A: Intro + Rainbow: $350 [DISCOUNT $75]
  • Workshop Package B: Intro + Forum 1: $300 [DISCOUNT $75]
  • Workshop Package C: Forum 1 + Forum 2: $400 [DISCOUNT $100]
  • Workshop Package D: Intro + Forum 1 + Forum 2: $475 [DISCOUNT $150]
  • Workshop Package E: The Full TO Package (AKA The Whole Shebang) $850: All five training series workshops!

Flexible Payment Options, Sliding Scale and Scholarships

We at The Forum Project believe strongly in the power of Theatre of the Oppressed to transform individuals and society. The people who can most utilize its tools are those who often, as a result of systemic oppression, are unable to afford substantive training.

We at The Forum Project believe strongly in the power of Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) to transform individuals and society and combat oppression. The people who can most benefit from TO tools are those who often, as a result of systemic oppression, are unable to afford substantive training. We seek to make these tools available to people who need them—people who are doing good work!

Because of this we work hard to increase access to creative tools for education and social justice by providing several flexible payment options. CLICK HERE to learn more. 

And More…!

We are adding workshops all the time! Stay tuned to learn when you can register for great workshops like the ones above. To get an email notification of our schedule update click here

Theatre of the Oppressed Fundamentals and Applications

Intro to Theatre of the Oppressed
Our popular one-day Intro workshop has introduced hundreds of people to Theatre of the Oppressed techniques.

Intro to Forum Theatre
In this one-day workshop you will go through a process to develop a short Forum Theatre play and learn how Forum Theatre can be used as a rehearsal for reality.

Theatre of the Oppressed for Educators Series
How can Theatre of the Oppressed transform the learning experience? Join other educators one night weekly to explore how TO can be used as an education tool in classroom settings, holistically incorporated into curriculum and help to strengthen the class/school community.

Rainbow of Desire
How do we fight internalized oppression? How do the oppressive structures and functions in society inhibit our liberation?  How can theatre open the way to greater personal freedom? Rainbow of Desire is a series of theatrical techniques with very therapeutic outcomes. Through fun games and intense images we will explain the process by which theatre can address internalized oppression and fight the Cops in the Head.

Joker Laboratory: How to facilitate Forum Theatre
The Joker is the facilitator of the Forum Theatre event, an exciting dialogic performance. Gaining experience as a Forum Theatre Joker, however, can be tricky. Join The Forum Project in this fun, practice-focused workshop to learn how to skillfully engage both actors and audience in Forum Theatre.

From Image to Action: Using Theatre of the Oppressed for Social Change
Art is a powerful political tool, but how can it be used for concrete action? Can creative expression be used to develop strategies for organizing? Participants will be guided through a series of games and exercises that challenge how one understands their environment and communities. Through discussion and exploration, participants will be encouraged to explore systems of oppression and learn how to TO can be used as a tool to develop concrete plans of action to face oppression and change the world.

TFP Mail - TO Intensive

Theatre of the Oppressed Intensive

For anyone seeking personal and professional exploration, this four-day intensive workshop will prepare participants to begin using Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and tools into their work. Come join, learn and create with educators, organizers, artists and activists from across the country!

Theater the reMix:
Hip Hop Theatre of the Oppressed
with guest Jokers 
Melinna Bobadilla and Abraham Velazquez Jr.

In this workshop participants will explore intersections between Hip Hop Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed. Just as DJs and rappers sample and remix music, participants will do so by blending hip hop aesthetics with Image, Forum and Newspaper Theatre! Learn more and register!

Exploring Topics

Break it Down! Deconstructing Power, Privilege and Oppression
Using Theatre of the Oppressed activities, participants will deconstruct systems of power, analyze privilege and explore important issues of oppression. Fast-paced and anything but boring, this interactive workshop activates critical analysis and reflection, focusing on how the activities provide models for real-life structures.  Our method quickly reconfigures frames through which we can analyze the world and provides deep and valuable lessons that stick with participants long after the workshop is over. Book this workshop for your organization, school or community group! Email us at info@theforumproject.org.

 

Queer Conscientização: Foundations for Understanding Anti-Queer Oppression
See how Theatre of the Oppressed can be used as a tool for topic-specific dialogue as we explore such topics as sexual identity, gender and gender expression, heterosexism, queer language and terms, and power. Book this workshop for your organization, school or community group! Email us at info@theforumproject.org.

Gender Beyond the Binary
Gender is one of the most prominent and pervasive of social constructs, and yet it is often understood only in the narrowest of terms. The gender binary, a structure that only recognizes maleness and femaleness, limits understanding of how gender functions in society. This participatory and dialogic workshop will allow participants to creatively explore several of the many different facets of gender—gender assignment, gender roles, gender identity and gender expression—to inform a greater understanding of gender oppression. Book this workshop for your organization, school or community group! Email us at info@theforumproject.org.

Addressing Racism Using Theatre of the Oppressed
Through Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) games and activities, participants will sharpen their skills in recognizing structural racism, and learn ways to break mechanized thought patterns that perpetuate oppression. This highly interactive workshop is fun, fast-paced and playful, and has a participatory approach that enables activists, educators, and racial justice advocates to grow their toolbox for affecting social change. Games and conversations will revolve around issues of structural inequities, allyship, intentionality and impact, and systems analysis on levels of racism. Book this workshop for your organization, school or community group! Email us at info@theforumproject.org.

Custom

The Forum Project also works with groups, classes and organizations to provide custom workshops, training, curriculum and resource development, performances and more! Click here to learn more about including The Forum Project in your work!