Interactive workshops, issue-based groupwork, and creative projects designed to engage, motivate, and inspire progressive transformation.
The Center for Applied Theatre (CAT) offers interactive workshops that emphasize collaboration as a way to explore issues and solve problems. These workshops function to raise questions about our place in the world and they offer opportunities for shared learning and the development of actions for affecting that world. Workshop activities combine fun, dialogue, storytelling, and deep listening with the visceral and ambiguous language of Images sculpted with our own bodies. Participants embark on a journey to explore what needs changing, imagine just and humane societies, and commit to exercising and strengthening the inner resources and Virtues needed to progress together.
Theatre of the Oppressed and The Virtues Project offer creative tools for participatory action research (PAR), an approach to learning and discovery that emphasizes participation and action that promotes democracy and challenges inequality. Together we seek to understand the world using theatre techniques to ask questions, test answers, and create paths to change. Recent workshops have focused on racism and exclusion, toxic conflict, communication patterns, and systemic pressures.
We approach the task of social change as artists and activists with love, respect, and joy. We believe that systemic oppression is best combated in the struggle of the moment – that the stories people tell about their own lives reverberate with more power than the myths perpetrated by those in power.
While our workshops all share similar approaches and support actions that create social transformation, the specific focus of each workshop or series generally falls under one of the following. All our workshops and residencies can be tailored to your specific needs, community, group, or educational setting.
We also offer workshops to teach your theatre or organization techniques and processes that will allow you to use theatre as a tool to support your pedagogical and social justice work.
- One- day workshops – 3-6 hours
- Two or Three-day workshops – 4-6 hours per day
- Longer-term residencies can be arranged.
Online: Zoom access.
In person: well-lit open space in which participants can be divided into small groups. Easily moveable chairs.