TONYC Workshops & Trainings
By imagining and rehearsing solutions together onstage, we prepare ourselves to take action offstage.
"Theatre of the Oppressed NYC is entirely unique-- an entity that seamlessly joins art and social action. It gives a beautiful and powerful voice to those that society all too often ignores, transforming difficult issues into mesmerizing performances, while leveling the playing field between audience and performer in every sense. Many people talk about the potential for art to change society, but Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (led by the dynamic Katy Rubin) does it every day. This is a special organization."
-Peter Cobb, New York Foundation for the Arts
Interested in hosting a workshop with your community or organization? At right is a list of some of the standard workshops we can bring to your group. Our facilitators are based in New York City, and can travel nationally & internationally. If you have a special request, please contact us.
Interested in training with TONYC? We host a Joker Training intensive weekend 1-2 times a year, as well as occasional workshops on certain techniques. If you are interested in attending, sign up below for our training e-mail list, which will receive registration information and news about any other workshops we may host. See our Joker Training page for information about TONYC-hosted workshops.
TONYC has facilitated workshops at Columbia University Teachers College, the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute, Bella Abzug Leadsership Institute, AVODAH, The New School, Boston University School of Theatre, the American Jewish World Service, KulturKompaniet Norway, Studio Sterk Netherlands, Hispanic Resource Center, the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, Red Hook Initiative, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and more.
Introduction the Theatre of the Oppressed (1.5-2 hours)
Play essential games from the arsenal of Theatre of the Oppressed and participate in a forum theatre demonstration. Connect the tool of Theatre of the Oppressed to human rights and oppression as it affects your community through dialogue and brainstorming.
Introduction & Creation of Forum Scenes (5-8 hours)
Tackle issues of social justice in a fun and participatory workshop investigation of our human rights. Walk away with tools to fight injustice in your personal, volunteer, and social justice work. No theatre experience necessary.
Cop-in-the-Head, Rainbow of Desire and/or Screen Techniques (3 hours to 2 day duration) In these workshops, participants will use Image Theatre to identify and address the external origins of internalized oppressions, with the aim of disarming them altogether. No theatre experience necessary.
Joker Training: Facilitation Training/Leadership Development (20 hours to 5 days duration)
This two-and-a-half to weeklong day training will take us through the process of introducing a group to Theatre of the Oppressed games and exercises and creating a Forum Theatre play from start to finish, including telling and choosing stories, using Aesthetics of the Oppressed (clean trash sculpture, etc) to explore the story, and playing rehearsal games. We will examine the theory and politics of the work while staying firmly rooted in practice. Participants will have the opportunity to practice Joker-ing the Forum play and teaching back the games to the group, and will receive constructive feedback from the group. We'll take time to address a variety of questions that arise when working with different communities. At the conclusion of the training, we'll share original Forum plays with friends and colleagues.