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TO WORK OR NOT TO WORK: Interactive Theatre for Dialogue

“As restrictions lift, will we still be allowed to keep working from home? Does the system ask us to choose between our careers and our family’s health? How can we support each other when we’re asked to return to the office?

TO WORK OR NOT TO WORK is an interactive theatre presentation that seeks answers to these questions. You will experience an adapted format of Forum Theatre that is rooted in anti-oppression work as is interactive. This style of theatre compels audience members to develop real-time strategies for dealing with social and personal issues. Let’s come together to explore solutions and possibilities to what lies ahead for us all.

WHEN: July 23, 2020, 7:30 PM ET

WHERE: Online via Zoom. Receive the Zoom Meeting Link by registering for the event.

REGISTRATION: This is a Pay What You Can Event. Please register here: https://forms.gle/qinFUaEvYKgZxrDf6

For the play synopsis and more about our style of theatre visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/729139664568691/

-from Mixed Company Theatre

Pandemic Roommates – Online Interactive Theatre for Critical Dialogue, July 9th (Mixed Company Theatre)

“We are living through this pandemic together or are we? Physical distancing is for outside the home, but inside? With roommates? Sharing living spaces?…

Pandemic Roommates is an interactive online theatre presentation that takes a glimpse into the lives of roommates in a Toronto house.

With Remi being immuno-compromised, Carmen might be putting her friend’s health at risk. Deb is now working from home which puts a strain on the internet bandwidth and Marge? – well, she owns the house. Each is doing their best to get through this challenging time, how do they support one another when they all have different needs?

We hope to find some answers and engage in critical dialogue through this interactive work co-created by Malia Rogers, Max Cameron Fearon, Heather VON Atzigen and Madeleine Brown, with inputs and support from Mixed Company Theatre’s associate artists.

When: Thursday July 9 from 6 to 7:30 pm

Where: Zoom – Make sure you RSVP to communications[at]mixedcompanytheatre.com to receive the Zoom Meeting Link!

Fees: This is a PWYC event. All payments will be treated as donations. To support our work with a donation, click here: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/10087 . All donations above $25 will receive a tax exemption receipt!

Content warning: Language

About our style of Interactive Theatre:

You will experience an adapted format of Forum Theatre that is interactive and compels audience members to develop real-time strategies for dealing with social and personal issues.

In a Mixed Company presentation, a story representing an issue is created, rehearsed and performed (the first act). The story is then presented again—only this second time, audience members can intervene in the story, as “spect-actors,” to create a positive alternative ending. A trained Forum Theatre facilitator (the Joker) prepares and encourages participants to replace the actors on stage and to change the story in a constructive way. This social justice-based theatre style sparks community dialogue and enables grassroots advocacy.”

-from Mixed Company Theatre

Forum Theatre Workshops (Mixed Company Theatre, Toronto)

Forum Theatre 101 Introductory Workshop

“Forum Theatre is an interactive & participatory style of theatre designed to address social issues and inspire actionable change.

In this intensive all-levels workshop led by award winning Forum Theatre artist Simon Malbogat, participants will learn how this social justice-based theatre style can be used to spark community dialogue and empower grassroots advocacy.

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

Community organizers, social workers, and educators will learn how they can use Forum Theatre in their everyday practice to initiate vital conversations, engage in critical inquiry, and create social change in their communities.

Date + Time: Saturday February 8th, 2020, 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Location: 157 Carlton St, Toronto, ON
Cost: $130.00+HST (-20% CAEA; 50% Student/Underwaged)
Prerequisites: None!

Register here: https://forms.gle/b1BkLdme35VZ4WTq6 “

Forum Theatre Playwriting Workshop

“Facilitated by Mixed Company Associate Artist Luciano Iogna, this one-day workshop will take participants through the entire process of Forum Theatre script development.

Participants will learn how to use theatre games and techniques as research tools, how to ask explorative yet respectful questions, how to develop oppressive and oppressed characters, and how to care for the community knowledge which informs Forum Theatre script development.

Writers and creators with previous Forum Theatre knowledge or experience will use their heightened understandings of important social topics as a basis for scripting targeted, impactful, and uniquely interactive theatrical plays and scenarios which address various types of oppressive conflict.

Date + Time: Saturday February 15th, 2020, 9:30AM-5:30PM
Location: 157 Carlton St, Toronto, ON
Cost: $150.00+HST (-20% CAEA; 50% Student/Underwaged)
Prerequisites: Previous Forum Theatre knowledge or experience (if you’re new to Forum, be sure to also register for our Forum Theatre 101 workshop on February 8th — and receive a discount bundle price of $250.00 for both workshops!)

Register here: https://forms.gle/DimciwUocCUgonH77 “

-from Mixed Company Theatre
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Workshop: Rainbow of Desire Applied Theatre (Mixed Company Theatre & Scarborough Civic Library)

“What happens when you take apart a single moment of conflict to explore every possible desired action?

In this experiential workshop led by Mixed Company Theatre’s Artistic Director Simon Malbogat, participants will employ Augusto Boal’s Rainbow of Desire techniques to broaden perspectives and reframe situations by focusing on the inner thoughts and impulses of the individual. Through storytelling and performance, artists, educators and community leaders will gain a deeper understanding of their conflicting and co-existing desires, which will enrich their experiences onstage and in social and personal settings.

This workshop is made possible by the Toronto Arts Council’s Artist In The Library Program.

Scarborough Civic Centre Library
Tuesday November 26th, 2019 from 2pm-4pm
There is limited space available in this free workshop, so reserve your spot by clicking here!

-from Mixed Company Theatre
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Registration Open: Masks of Manipulation Workshop at Mixed Company Theatre in November


Mixed Company Theatre is excited to announce that, due to popular demand, we are hosting our two-day Masks of Manipulation workshop again in November 2019!

Masks of Manipulation (November 2nd and 9th 2019, 9:30AM-5:30PM)

What happens when you take apart a single moment of conflict to explore every possible desired action?

The â€śMasks of Manipulation”, an invaluable character development and conflict-resolution process designed by Simon Malbogat, gives face to each of the seven different emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual manipulative forces we encounter both onstage and in daily life.

This workshop draws on Commedia dell’Arte-inspired masks to help participants acquire a deeper awareness of manipulation and oppression: how and why it happens, what it looks and feels like, and how to de-escalate it.

In this two-day workshop, participants will embody and activate their understandings of manipulation, a process which culminates in the creation of each person’s own Mask of Manipulation. Each mask then becomes a physical touchstone in processes ranging from character development to community mediation. This workshop, co-facilitated by Simon Malbogat and Peter Jarvis, is suitable for artists, educators, social workers, and community activators alike.

For more information and workshop descriptions, please visit: http://www.mixedcompanytheatre.com/artists/training/

20% Discount for CAEA Members, and 50% Discount for Students and Arts Workers who identify as under-waged. Bursaries also available upon request! Email communications[at]mixedcompanytheatre.com to register.”

-from Mixed Company Theatre
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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]mixedcompanytheatre.com 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]mixedcompanytheatre.com

For more information, please visit: http://www.mixedcompanytheatre.com/artists/training/

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
Read Mixed Company Theatre’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

2019 Workshops with Mixed Company Theatre: Rainbow of Desire and Masks of Manipulation! (Toronto)

Mixed Company Theatre is excited to announce our lineup of annual workshops for artists, educators, and community leaders!

Rainbow of Desire (March 9th 2019, 10AM-5PM)

What happens when you take apart a single moment of conflict to explore every possible desired action?

In this experiential workshop led by Simon Malbogat, participants will employ Augusto Boal’s Rainbow of Desire techniques to broaden perspectives and reframe situations by focusing on the inner thoughts and impulses of the individual. Through storytelling and performance, participants will gain a deeper understanding of their conflicting and co-existing desires, which will enrich their work onstage and in community settings.

Masks of Manipulation (March 16th and 23rd 2019, 9:30AM-5:30PM)

The “Masks of Manipulation”, an invaluable character development and conflict-resolution process designed by Simon Malbogat and co-facilitated by Peter Jarvis, gives face to each of the manipulative forces we encounter both onstage and in daily life.

This workshop draws on Commedia dell’Arte-inspired masks to help participants acquire a deeper awareness of manipulation and oppression: how and why it happens, what it looks and feels like, and how to de-escalate it.
Participants will also take away from this two-day workshop a Mask of their own creation, which they will learn to use as a physical touchstone in processes ranging from character development to community mediation.

Forum Theatre Performance + Creation (July 19th and 20th 2019, 10AM-5PM)

In this all-levels workshop, we will explore how Forum Theatre techniques of participation, intervention, and improvisation can help performers, educators and community leaders build tool kits for character development, conflict resolution, and catalyzing change in their own circles.

This workshop, which acquaints participants with Augusto Boal’s pedagogy and applied theatre techniques, is a great opportunity for artists who are looking to hone their performance creation skills as well as for educators, social workers and health professionals, and any and all practitioners of community engagement.

Through learning and practicing Forum Theatre under the guidance of Simon Malbogat, participants in this workshop will receive the skills to become better facilitators, conflict resolution mediators, artists, community leaders, and more socially-aware educators.

For more information and full workshop descriptions, please visit:
http://www.mixedcompanytheatre.com/artists/training/

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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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 mixedcompanytheatre.com

-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 communications@mixedcompanytheatre.com to bring MCT and Forum Theatre into your classroom!”

-from Mixed Company Theatre
Read Mixed Company Theatre’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map