Public Workshops

We are currently revising our 2017 workshop schedule, and we will update this page with the intensives by April 25. We'll also send the schedule out to our training mailing list, which you can sign up for at:

If you are interested in bringing our Jokers to facilitate a training at your organization, please fill out the workshop request form on our workshops page.

Each year, TONYC typically offers two weekend-long joker training workshops (Level 1 and Level 2) as one other intensive on the internal techniques.

Level 1 Joker Training -

(last held January 27th-29th, 2017)

Typical Schedule: Friday 6:30pm - 9pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-8pm (Sharing of forum plays for invited guests will take place on Sunday evening 6pm-8pm)

Description: This training, for activists, artists, social service professionals, students and engaged citizens, journeys through the process of building and performing a Forum Theatre play from start to finish. This process includes playing games from the arsenal of Theatre of the Oppressed; telling and choosing stories of oppression; using Aesthetics of the Oppressed (clean trash sculpture, etc) to explore the story and the issues; and applying rehearsal games. We will examine the theory and politics of the work while staying firmly rooted in practice.  Participants have the opportunity to practice jokering a Forum play and teaching back the games to the group, and receive constructive feedback from the group.  We will 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.

Level 2 Joker Training

(last held February 4th-5th, 2017)

Typical Schedule: Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm

Description: The Advanced Joker Training workshop provides the opportunity to hone and improve your facilitation skills. Participants will lead Forum Theatre games and exercises, and receive feedback from the Theatre of the Oppressed NYC jokers, troupe actors and fellow workshop participants. 

 - Experience the model of a forum theatre process within a community setting, from the experienced jokers of Theatre of the Oppressed NYC.
 - Practice jokering a forum scene, and receive constructive feedback.
 - Practice facilitating games, learn from the practice of your fellow participants and have the opportunity to give and receive constructive feedback.
 - Evaluate your practice based on three essential elements of jokering: accuracy, style and ethics. Discuss the adjustments necessary to meet the needs of different communities.
 - Engage with actors from existing Forum Theatre troupes of homeless and formerly homeless New Yorkers.
 - Review and deepen knowledge of the theory and politics that are the foundation of TO.
 - Plan how you will start your own forum theatre troupe in partnership with your community. Ask questions. Access resources. Build networks.

Design: Risa Takeuchi '16; Design Corps
Pratt Institute,

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