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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 “Masks 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
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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
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Mixed Company Theatre Community Workshop Series: Elder Care Workshops

Mixed Company Theatre, with the support of the Government of Ontario Senior Community Grant Program, is bringing our popular community-based workshops to seniors across the GTA this fall and winter.Facilitated by our Artistic Director, Simon Malbogat, our Elder Care Workshops seek to empower senior citizens and address the pressing issue of elder abuse in our communities. In these workshops, participants will be led through a series of exercises and activities developed from Theatre of the Oppressed/ Forum Theatre methodology that will provide seniors with the tools to express and address issues relating to elder care and abuse. The Elder Care program is also designed to address diverse groups of seniors, including newcomer/refugee groups.

To bring our Elder Care workshops to your organization, please contact: info@mixedcompanytheatre.com.

For more information, including workshop descriptions, please visit: www.mixedcompanytheatre.com

-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: http://www.mixedcompanytheatre.com/artists/training/

-from Mixed Company Theatre
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Spring Moon / 春明 connecting seniors and youth in culturally diverse communities across Toronto (Mixed Company Theatre)

Spring Moon - Poster “Mixed Company Theatre Presents

春明 Spring Moon
Written by Diana Tso
Directed by Karthy Chin

Mixed Company Theatre is pleased to present the second installment of their InterGEN Project, Spring Moon. Based on the real-life experiences of the Toronto Chinese community, Spring Moon tells the story of a resilient immigrant peoples through the eyes of three Chinese grandmothers who survived hardships and crossed oceans to give their granddaughters a better life. Although separated by differences of language, culture, and distance, the unconditional love that exists between grandmothers and their granddaughters is a connection that cannot be broken.

Spring Moon reveals that to find out who we are, we will have to understand where we come from.

Spring Moon plays from April 20th to 23rd at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance (304 Parliament Street). The show will be performed in Cantonese, Mandarin, English, and French with Chinese and English surtitles. Written by acclaimed playwright Diana Tso (Comfort, Red Snow Collective) and directed by emerging artist Karthy Chin (The Enchanted Loom, Cahoots/ Factory Theatre), Spring Moon is an exploration of Chinese intergenerational relationships in Toronto and features Asian community performers and emerging artists from the GTA.

Spring Moon was created with the input of Chinese youth and seniors from Eastview Community Centre, Scadding Court Community Centre, Broadview Manor, The Phoenix Arts Academy, and Toronto Community Housing. Speaking about the process of creating Spring Moon, playwright Diana Tso raves “The seniors are full of surprises! I loved watching them practice Chinese folk dancing and being a part of their circle as they sang. The youth in the play…their input and sharing of their personal lives were very valuable.”

Spring Moon is the second production produced under The InterGEN Project, a three-year initiative generously funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to connect seniors and youth in culturally diverse communities across Toronto. Community participants were invited to share their stories, family and cultural traditions in a series of workshops held throughout the last three years. These tales of family, migration, and cultural displacement were then collected and developed into two full-scale theatrical productions by renowned Toronto artists. The first production, Shelf Life, was brought to life on stage by Luciano Iogna with the direction of Artistic Director Simon Malbogat in December 2016.

Founded as an artist-run collective in 1983, Mixed Company Theatre produces innovative, socially relevant plays as a tool for positive change. Today Mixed Company Theatre is committed to inspiring schools and community organizations across Canada to create social change through theatrical practice. In addition to producing Spring Moon, they are also currently touring their hit teen show Half Full, on anxiety and mental well-being, to schools across the GTA.

“Mixed Company has created community-engaged work with various groups and in our discussion with Scadding Court we wanted to give voice to the intergenerational Chinese community which is under-served. I believe the only way for theatre as an art form to remain relevant is to connect with that community so people see themselves reflected on the stage.” – Simon Malbogat (Artistic Director, Mixed Company Theatre)

CBC coverage of The InterGEN Project: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/shelf-life-play-1.3880580

春明 Spring Moon
Written by Diana Tso
Directed by Karthy Chin
April 20 – 23, 2017
The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance (304 Parliament Street)
Thursday April 20th – 7:30 PM
Friday April 21st – 7:30 PM
Saturday April 22nd – 2:00 PM
Saturday April 22nd – 7:30 PM
Sunday April 23rd – 2:00 PM
Tickets: $10 Available online at: http://springmoon.brownpapertickets.com/
We are committed to making theatre financially accessible for everyone. For discounts and group rates, please contact info@mixedcompanytheatre.com or call 416-515-8080.

Cast
Betty Chou
Juvally Chan
Ashley Chan
Susan Chou
Angela Sun
Shasha Huo
Mikaela Cordero

Creative Team
Playwright – Diana Tso
Director – Karthy Chin
Stage Manager/ Production Manager – Becky Wong
Assistant Production Manager – Calvin Wong
Choreographer/ Movement Coach – Julia Hune-Brown
Set/Props Designer – Echo Zhou
Lighting Designer – Alan Trumble
Music Composer/ Pianist – Alice Ho
Costumer Designer – Laura Delchiaro
Poster Designer – Wenting Li”

For more information, please visit http://www.mixedcompanytheatre.com/2017/02/springmoon/ Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @MixedCTheatre and #SpringMoonTO

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

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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]mixedcompanytheatre.com
For more information about MCT and their workshops, visit: mixedcompanytheatre.com/artists/training

-from Mixed Company Theatre newsletter
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