Intro to Facilitating Forum Theatre (Level 1 Joker Training)


July 19-21, 2019 - Intro to Facilitating Forum Theatre (Level 1 Joker Training)

Dates: Friday, Saturday, Sunday July 19th-21st, 10am-5pm each day. 

Location: Long Island City, Queens 

Description: 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 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. 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 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.

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 troupe actors: TONYC will be providing intensive training for actors who have participated in a Forum Theatre troupes in the summer. 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
  • Half-Price Scholarship rate: $200.00, by application. Six spots available.
    • This rate is available to individuals and organizations. 
  • A $50 deposit is required to reserve your spot. The balance of your workshop fee is due by July 1st. Training fees paid to TONYC are non-refundable after July 10th and may not be credited to a future training. Exceptions will only be considered at TONYC's discretion.

Application Link: (Note: this training is currently full. If you would like to add your application to the waiting list, please click here . )

July 19, 2019 at 10:00am - 5pm
Location To Be Released
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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