Intro to Facilitating Forum Theatre (Level 1 Joker Training)


Dates: February 28 - March 1; Friday-Sunday from 10am-5pm

Location: Long Island City, Queens NY 11101 (Address will be sent to registered workshop participants)

Facilitators: Sulu LeoNimm & Meggan Gomez.


This training is for community organizers, artists and engaged community members who plan to apply Forum Theatre to engage groups in action towards social change. Participants will experience TONYC's process of creating forum troupes in partnership with local groups, and of engaging spect-actors in Forum Theatre.

During the workshop, participants will build and perform Forum Theatre scenes. This 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 and teaching back the games to the group. We will take time to address a variety of questions that arise when facilitating this work. At the conclusion of the training, we'll share the scenes with an audience of friends and colleagues. Participants will receive a packet of notes from the training that includes games, exercises, and an outline for jokering a forum performance.

Please note - because this training is a collaborative process with other members of the workshop, we request that participants attend for the full training time.

Note for TONYC actors: TONYC will provide facilitation training for actors who are already familiar with this process from participating in a Forum Theatre Troupe. Please contact Liz Morgan for training opportunities.

For any questions about this training, please contact Sulu LeoNimm at [email protected]. To receive updates about future trainings, sign up for our mailing list at:



  • Standard Rate: $400.00 (There is currently a waiting list for these spots)
  • Half-Price Scholarship rate: $200.00, by application. (There is currently a waiting list for these spots.)
    • This rate is available to individuals and organizations. 
  • Payment information: A non-refundable $50 deposit is required to reserve your spot. The balance of your workshop fee is due 2 weeks before the training. Advance payment of workshop fees supports TONYC in opening spots to people on the waiting list. If your access to funds means you need a payment plan or adjusted payment schedule, please contact Sulu at [email protected].

Application: To sign up for the waiting list for the February training, please apply via this link: There are still openings in our July Level 1 Training. Applicants will need to confirm their spot and send a non-refundable $50 deposit. Training fees paid to TONYC are non-refundable during the 7 days before the training, and may not be credited to a future training. Exceptions will only be considered at TONYC's discretion.

  • If a group or organization is planning to apply for a group of participants, please submit individual applications, and include your affiliation in the “About Me” section. You are welcome to email Sulu LeoNimm at [email protected] with questions about applications and payment.
February 28, 2020 at 10:00am - March 01, 2020
Location To Be Released (Long Island City, Queens)
Sulu LeoNimm ·

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
758 8th Ave, Suite 300
New York, NY 10036
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