Level 1 Joker Training for Community Action

Each year, TONYC typically offers weekend-long joker training workshops (Level 1 and/or Level 2) as one other intensive on the internal techniques.  To receive updates, sign up for our training mailing list at: http://www.tonyc.nyc/newsletter

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.

Level 1 Joker Training for Community Action

Dates: April 27th-29th: Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 10am-5pm
       ***TONYC prefers that participants attend the workshop days in full.

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

Description: This training is for community organizers, artists, students and engaged community members who plan to apply Forum Theatre to their efforts to engage groups in action towards social change. Participants will get an in-depth perspective on TONYC's process of creating forum troupes in partnership with local groups, and of engaging spect-actors in Forum and Legislative Theatre.

The three day workshop journeys through the process of building and performing a Forum Theatre play from start to finish. 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 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. Participants will receive a packet of notes from the training that includes games, exercises, and an outline for jokering a forum performance.

*Note for TONYC troupe actors*: Due to a special opportunity, TONYC will be providing specialized, intensive training for actors in Forum Theatre troupes in 2018. More info will be available in March.


  • Standard Rate: $400.00        
  • Half-Price Scholarship Rate: $200.00 Seven scholarship spots are available via the application.


Application: Please submit an application to attend via this linkApplications received by March 25 will receive a response by March 30th, and will need to confirm their spot by April 6th and send a non-refundable $50 deposit. If there are spaces available after April 6th, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Training fees paid to TONYC are non-refundable after April 18th and may not be credited to a future training. Exceptions will only be considered at TONYC's discretion.

April 27, 2018 at 10:00am - 6pm
Long Island City, Queens
Sulu LeoNimm ·

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
758 8th Ave, Suite 300
New York, NY 10036
(646) 504-4582
[email protected]

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