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Free Reading: In Your Head (Mixed Company Theatre, Toronto)

“FREE READING : IN YOUR HEAD, a Forum Theatre Play on Mental Health in Schools

After the glowing response to IN YOUR HEAD from schools across the GTA, we are happy to announce that we will be bringing it back for the 2019/20 school year!

We are hosting a FREE reading of the play for educators, students, and school-involved mental health professionals

This year, audience members at the reading will have the opportunity to conduct Forum Theatre “interventions” by taking the place of actors and attempting to change the outcome of the play.

Where: The Ladies Parlour (main floor of St Luke’s United Church), 157 Carlton St, Toronto ON M5A2K3

When: October 23, 2019 at 5:30pm 

RSVP by clicking HERE!

IN YOUR HEAD takes us into the lives of Rayna and her brother Sam as they deal with the increasingly complicated world of high school and “growing up.” Why is Sam suddenly having a hard time at home and in school? How can they be there for one another? Is there anyone else that can help out?

Written by renowned playwright Luciano Iogna and directed by MCT Artistic Director Simon Malbogat, this interactive Forum Theatre show will specifically focus on the stigma against mental disorders and engage students in a dialogue on how we can all be better mental health allies to each other. Like all our Forum Theatre productions, this show is inspired by real stories from teens to ensure that our play reflect the issues that matter the most to your students.

Check out our Youtube trailer for IN YOUR HEAD:

Questions? Email communications[at] or call us at 416-515-8080.

We look forward to seeing you at our reading of IN YOUR HEAD, and hope to visit your school in 2020!”

-from Mixed Company Theatre

July Workshop with Mixed Company Theatre: Forum Theatre Performance and Creation Workshop!

Mixed Company Theatre is excited to announce our July workshop for artists, educators, and community leaders!

Forum Theatre Performance and Creation Workshop (2 Days, July 19th & 20th 2019, 10AM-5PM)

What is Forum Theatre?

This intensive all-levels workshop led by award-winning artist Simon Malbogat is a hands-on introduction to Forum Theatre, a style of theatre rooted in anti-oppression principles. This workshop explores how theatre facilitates community engagement, addresses social justice issues, sparks community dialogue and bring about grassroots advocacy.

Artists will explore how forum theatre techniques of community participation, intervention and improvisation can help build tool kits for character development, devised creation and audience engagement.

Community Organizers, Social Workers & Educators will learn they can use Forum Theatre in their everyday practice to initiate vital conversations, engage in critical inquiry, and create social change in their communities.

Questions? Contact: communications[at]

For more information, please visit:

20% Discount for CAEA Members, and 50% Discount for Students and Arts Workers who identify as under-waged. Bursaries also available upon request!

-from Mixed Company Theatre
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Sheatre Presents: The Spring Workshop Series: explore different techniques and exercises from Augusto Boal’s ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ (Owen Sound, ON)

“Spring is a time of growth and renewal, have you made your own personal growth and renewal plans?

Sheatre is here with fun and creative help. This spring, Sheatre’s Artistic Director Joan Chandler will lead the Spring Workshop Series, a series of experiential workshops in Owen Sound open to interested participants of all experience levels. This series will actively explore different techniques and exercises from Augusto Boal’s ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ where interactive theatre and improvisation are used as a tool to promote positive social change and personal development. This isn’t therapy; they’re informative training workshops. Taken individually or as a whole the Spring Workshop Series is ideal for community workers, counselors, educators, performers, directors, activists, social change advocates and anyone interested in Sheatre’s mission to use theatre and the arts to empower individuals and contribute to a healthy, compassionate society.”

Upcoming Workshop:


Forum Theatre is a UNESCO-recognized educational tool for implementing social change and is a form of interactive theatre that enables a community to explore multiple strategies in response to a problem or conflict presented in a short play. This two-day workshop, lead by Sheatre Artistic Director Joan Chandler and Artistic Associate Warren Bain, will introduce participants to the different aspects of Forum Theatre and explore creation, improvisation, intervention and facilitation. Learn how theatre can be a vessel for putting our words into action and give voice to advocacy.

When: March 2 & 3, 2019. 10 am – 5 pm each day
Where: OPSEU Owen Sound Regional Office, 100 – 1717 2nd Ave East, Owen Sound, ON, N4K 6V4
Attire: This is an interactive, participatory workshop. Dress for physical activity.
Minimum Age: 16+
Cost: $200, which includes the workshop and healthy lunch and snacks on both days.
Register: At this Google Form

For more information on this workshop series, please visit:

-from Sheatre

Forum Theatre Performance and Creation Workshop (Nov. 9-10, Mixed Company Theatre, Toronto)

“This all-levels workshop is a great opportunity for artists who are looking to hone their performance or theatre creation skills, and/or interested in creating social justice-minded theatre.

Forum Theatre is also a great tool for educators, mental health professionals, and any or all practitioners of community engagement for facilitating conversations, critical inquiry, and action in their respective communities. Based on the principles of Theatre of the Oppressed, our intensive 2-day workshop will give participants an introduction to the artistic practice of Forum Theatre and how it can be used to inspire and empower community dialogue and grassroots advocacy.

Bursaries and discounts are available.”

For more information, please visit

-from Mixed Company Theatre
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Mixed Company: Forum Theatre In-Class Workshops and Touring Show 2018-2019 (Toronto)

“We are so excited to introduce you to our educational programming for the 2018-2019 school year!

This year we will be touring a BRAND NEW Forum Theatre show to schools across the GTA! From acclaimed playwright Luciano Iogna, IN YOUR HEAD takes us into the relationship of Rayna and her brother Sam as they deal with the increasingly complicated world of high school and “growing up.” How can they be there for each other? Is there anyone else that can help out? IN YOUR HEAD is about the importance of mental health allyship and how we all have a role to play in combating mental health stigma.

For the first time ever, we are offering our “LIGHTNING FORUM” presentations to schools! Lightning Forums are our scenario-based theatrical presentations that gives you more choice in topics and scheduling while maintaining the high quality of engagement our shows are known for. Available topics this year include: anti-bullying, anti-discrimination and inclusion, building healthy relationships, and gender-based harassment and violence.

After great feedback from schools last year, we are pleased to offer our customizable Forum Theatre IN-CLASS WORKSHOPS again this year. These are a great economical option for teachers who want to give their students a more hands-on look into the creation of theatre for change from master facilitator and MCT Artistic Director Simon Malbogat.

Contact to bring MCT and Forum Theatre into your classroom!”

-from Mixed Company Theatre
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Theatre for Action Workshops for July! (Mixed Company Theatre, Toronto)

Mixed Company Theatre is bringing back their popular Forum Theatre workshops this July! Theatre for Action is our week-long series of intensive workshops conducted by renowned Forum Theatre creator and Mixed Company Theatre Artistic Director Simon Malbogat.

Forum Theatre give communities the agency to develop their own grassroots solutions and the ability to envision the positive outcomes of inspiring social change. The techniques of Forum Theatre facilitation are transferable to a wide range of community engagement arts initiatives. Theatre for Action participants will receive the skills to become better facilitators, artists, community leaders, and more socially-aware educators.

For more information, including workshop descriptions, please visit:

-from Mixed Company Theatre
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Workshop: The De-construction of Individual Myths (Mixed Company Theatre, Toronto)


The De-construction of Individual Myths

In the Workshop we will explore our habits, norms, traditions and passed experiences who have left traces in our unconcious and made us who we are today.

What will be explored in the workshop ?
Participants will learn to devise theatre; transforming their personal experiences into creative theatrical materials, build a collective and under the umbrella of collective creation, share their personal narratives. We will learn to change our perspectives, using our past experiences and our histories to tap into ourselves. Sign up for MCT’s New Workshop – August 18th & 19th

What will participants gain ?
We will learn to build community. This workshop will allow participants to assume their individuality in the group while learning how to be part of a collective. They will also develop their presence on stage. They will build confidence in using their voices to speak directly in order to be authentic.

For more information, please visit the De-construction of Individual Myths section on our website

Location : 157 Carlton Street, Toronto
Date : Thursday August 18th & Friday August 19th 6-9pm
Cost : $5
Reserve your spot ! Call us at 416-515-8080 or e-mail us at info[at]
For more information about MCT and their workshops, visit:

-from Mixed Company Theatre newsletter
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The IN-Justice Equity Training Intensive (Calgary)


Stage Left Productions, Third Way Theatre and Chromatic Theatre invite diverse agents of change to join us in an innovative, arts-based training intensive in equity intervention.

August 1 – 6, 2016
Calgary, AB Canada

$300 if registered before July 1; $350 thereafter (sliding scale & barters are available)

The IN-Justice Equity Training Intensive offers a rare and dynamic opportunity to recharge our passions, increase our capacity and strengthen our resolve.

This one-time only, open registration intensive…

  • Immerses participants in Theatre of the Oppressed methods, as a unique form of embodied learning and sharing – one that equalizes the power imbalances that often stymie cross-cultural collaboration.
  • Introduces a foundational equity framework that centers the bottom-up, earned knowledge of diverse peoples, results in a shared vocabulary and analysis, and offers up practical tools for confronting inequity.
  • Provides accessible, step-by-step instruction in many Theatre of the Oppressed methods, including Image & Forum Theatre, Cops in the Head and Rainbow of Desire.
  • Offers-up many practical applications on how to integrate Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and anti-oppressive practice into social justice initiatives.
  • Attends to internal and external oppressions, as well as individual agency and structural-level interventions.
  • Equips diverse agents of change to engage in intercultural solidarity, develop shared interests, and make collective impact.

For more information and to register, please visit:

This IN-Justice Equity Intensive is part of The Arts ExCHANGE Project. Arts ExCHANGE is a unique, cross-continental collaboration between Stage Left Productions (Canada) and Third Way Theatre (Australia): Two renown Theatre of the Oppressed companies founded and led by diverse women – who invite daring agents of change to go beyond the social justice status quo.

The Calgary intensive is proudly hosted The Calgary Congress for Equity & Diversity in the Arts and The University of Calgary’s School for Creative and Performing Arts.

We thank the Canada Council’s Equity Office and Calgary Arts Development for their support.”

-submittted by Stage Left Productions

Mixed Company Theatre 2015 Forum Theatre Training (July 10-17, Toronto)

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Mixed Company Theatre has announced the dates for our annual 2015 Forum Theatre Training which takes place this July. We’ve included a new workshop – Playwriting for Communities taught by MCT associate artist and award winning playwright, Rex Deverell.

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Workshops offered:

Introduction to Forum Theatre – July 10 2015

Learn to build trust through games and interactive techniques, including storytelling, theatre exercises, and building images. Clarify and strengthen your facilitation skills through development of the fundamentals of creating and activating Forum Theatre scenes. Explore the multiple perspectives these techniques provide when used as tools for positive problem solving.

Playwrighting for Communities – July 11 2015 (NEW)

Developed by Artistic Associate and award winning playwright, Rex Deverell, this new hands on workshop will explore the whole process of developing a community play from concept, mobilizing participation, initial research, sources and resources, selecting characters and story lines to the final format. Participants will discuss ideas for community projects.

Masks of Manipulation – July 13 & 14 2015

Invaluable tools for character development and the conflict-resolution process. Developed by Artistic Director, Simon Malbogat, these Commedia dell’Arte-style masks help define our recognition of different external manipulative energies. Each mask presents the face of a universally-recognized emotional response to a series of manipulative energies. The participants in this workshop learn to develop an acute understanding of manipulation: how and why it happens and what to do about it.

Facilitator/Joker* Workshop – July 15-17 2015

The participants within the workshop become awake, aware and alert to our own negative patterns, and that in turn allows us to be a more effective and neutral facilitator. MCT creates a safe, unique and supportive environment which helps to develop and refine your ability to find your authentic voice and express yourself. After taking this workshop participants will be well acquainted with the process of developing Forum Theatre scenarios. As a Joker you will be able to identify the key questions to catalyze your spect-actors to want to change the outcome of the play/scenes…

For more information please visit our website:

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-submitted by Erin McCluskey, Mixed Company Theatre
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maladjusted: join the live, interactive webcast! March 28th (Theatre for Living)


Join the maladjusted live, interactive webcast! You’re invited to join us for the 2015 remount of our main stage production maladjusted.

maladjusted asks how we can humanize the mental health system and is created and performed by patients and caregivers. Everyone around the world is invited to view and participate! Everyone who can’t come to the live show in Vancouver, Canada can watch maladjusted as a live and interactive webcast on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8PM (PST).

How can we support human-centered care? What needs to be done to ensure safety for patients and caregivers? How do we sustain a healthy mental health system? These are just a few questions that maladjusted explores.

“maladjusted, is a thought-provoking, gut-wrenching, funny, sad and mind broadening journey inside the hierarchical and mechanical mental health system-a system that leaves little time or money to invest in the people it is trying to serve.”
-Patty Osborn,

What is a webcast?
For maladjusted, a chat space will be available for viewers who wish to make interventions in the play. In this chat space, you can talk with “web actors” who are standing by on computers backstage and your suggestions will be enacted by these web actors who will intervene in this live Forum Theatre event on your behalf.

When is the webcast?
Please join early so you don’t miss the start! The live, interactive, global web cast will be held on
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8PM (PST) pre-show: 7:45pm PST curtain: 8:00pm PST

Please visit the maladjusted webcast page and bookmark it now!
The webcast will go live minutes before the beginning of the show. A link to the streaming video will become active and lead you to a window and allow you to enter the chat space.

For time zones and to find out what time the webcast will be on in your area click here.

Why participate in maladjusted?
Don’t just take our word for it! Check out what our talented cast has to say!

How do I stream the webcast?
You will need an Internet connection fast enough to stream video, i.e. if you can play YouTube clips, you can stream the webcast. The Adobe Flash video player that can play YouTube video can be found here.

Please share this with your contacts around the world in whichever way you can, especially for those you know are interested in speaking out about mental health and have something to share with the rest of us. Organize a webcast party! Bring together a group of friends with several computers (or laptops), get a projector and a big screen and watch together the webcast. People get into the chat space, where there are usually really interesting conversations going on “backstage” about the issues explored.

AND, please spread the word about this unique and exciting project through social media.

We want to hear from you! You can connect with us via Facebook: and Twitter @theatre4living you can tweet us your ideas of how to humanize mental health and use the hashtag #maladjusted to stay connected with others participating in the conversations.”

-from Theatre for Living’s newsletter
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