TONYC is revamping our public training model to integrate learnings from creating a workbook and facilitating during a pandemic

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Level 1: Introduction to Building Forum Theatre

Our 2023 Level 1 training will introduce participants to TONYC’s process of creating forum theatre performances. Via separate online and in-person sections, we will explore TONYC’s new Wildcard Workbook, and demonstrate the activities! This training is for community organizers, artists, and engaged community members who plan to apply Forum Theatre to engage groups in action toward social change.

Part 1 - Online

  • Dates: September 15-17, 2023
  • Duration: 1pm-4pm
  • Location: Zoom
  • Facilitators: Liz Morgan, Ania Upstill, Adama Diallo

Part 1 of this training is a three-day workshop on how we use games, dramaturgy, Image Theatre, and Aesthetics of the Oppressed to explore stories of oppression in rehearsal. We will examine the theory and politics of the work while staying firmly rooted in practice. Our final day will focus on story-sharing in preparation for our in-person work.

Part 2 - In-Person

  • Dates: September 23-24, 2023
  • Duration: 12pm-5pm daily + an optional Saturday Social for unfacilitated questions and networking
  • Location: Midtown, NYC
  • Facilitators: Ania Upstill, Adama Diallo

During Part 2, participants will take their stories of oppression build Forum Theatre scenes and applying rehearsal exercises to refine them. Participants will also be able to practice jokering games and Forum Theatre. 

The primary resource for this training will be The Wildcard Workbook. Readings will be assigned in-between sessions and we will explore chapters together on our feet as well.

This training is a collaborative process with other members of the workshop, we prefer participants attend for the full training time. We will save a limited number of spots for folks who can only join us for Part 1.

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

Rates for the full training are on a sliding scale between $250-650 dollars. You can apply to pay based on your financial means, the value you wish to receive, or your desire to support. 

Note: The standard rate for the full training is $475. This includes a suggested donation of $25 for the Wildcard Workbook download. Payment above the standard is a supportive rate that allows us to make this training accessible to those who cannot contribute the standard rate at this time. TONYC will not be evaluating your needs to determine your pay rate. We are asking each individual to make an honest self-assessment of their own needs as well as economic/institutional privilege to select their own fee with integrity and mindfulness. Those who are only available for Part 1 of the training are expected to pay a flat fee of $250.

Application: Please apply using this Google Form

Applications are due July 17th. Confirmation of your application status will be sent by July 26th. If you do not hear from us by that date please contact us.

If accepted into the training, a non-refundable $50 deposit will be required to reserve your spot by July 31st. 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 Liz at [email protected]

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 Liz at [email protected] with questions about applications and payment.

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