Just Act, Go Vote

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Just Act Institute

A Center for Theatre of the Oppressed Training

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Just Act is a theatre-based  catalyst for healing, change and activism to build a just world.

Applying the principles of Theatre of the Oppressed, we ...

Activate
community engagement, communication, reflection and repair.
Collaborate
Collaborate across sectors with individuals, community groups, organizations and schools on building the capacity of under-recognized individuals and communities who are systematically discriminated against and those in solidarity with them.
Transform
new insights about seemingly intractable dilemmas into positive solutions for social justice.
Activate
community engagement, communication, reflection and repair.
Collaborate
Collaborate across sectors with individuals, community groups, organizations and schools on building the capacity of under-recognized individuals and communities who are systematically discriminated against and those in solidarity with them.
Transform
new insights about seemingly intractable dilemmas into positive solutions for social justice.

REAL PEOPLE.
REAL STRUGGLES .
REAL SOLUTIONS.

 

JUST ACT IS REMAPPING THEATRE AS AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN THE BROADER PROCESS OF CIVIC  DIALOGUE, SOCIAL ACTION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

what Are We?

 JUST ACT is an evolving ensemble of diverse artist-facilitators who lead

  • Workshops on facilitating Theatre of the Oppressed & Forum Theatre Technique
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) workshops featuring Theatre of the Oppressed techniques
  • Public Forum Theatre Community Dialogue & Action Planning Events
  • Trainings for community groups to become their own Forum Theatre Ensembles
  • Creative community engagement & planning projects and workshops

We customize programming to serve our partners and local issues they face.

We create brave spaces for individuals and communities who experience systematic discrimination and those in solidarity with them, to think critically about inequality and injustice, and to create and practice new ways for making personal and collective change.

We bring people together across sectors through creative methods of dialogue, expression and planning, create opportunities to flex the muscles of their imagination, kickstart curiosity and “re-see” conflict as a source of possibility.

 

Together, we make the invisible visible in order to critically reflect upon it. Together, we transform new knowledge and insights about seemingly intractable challenges into real strategies for change.

Just Act is Located in Philadelphia, PA.  We partner across the tri-state area and collaborate across the country.

Reach out to us from anywhere.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS & FORUM THEATRE EVENTS

Just Act's Annual Forum Theatre Intensive

June 26- 30, 2019

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Click Here to Register

DATES: June 26- 30, 2019
TIME: 9am-5pm
WHERE: Just Act Studio, 6139 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA
COST: $485  (limited financial aid based on need available. Email us to learn more)

REGISTRATION OPTIONS: 
$50 registration fee (non-refundable after May 10)
$485 Full amount

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  May 10, 2019 

Just Act's Forum Theatre Training is geared towards individuals seeking facilitation skills and training in Forum Theatre & core Theatre of The Oppressed techniques to improve their ability to effectively engage justice, equity, diversity & inclusion issues, and using interactive theatre as a tool for social change, interpersonal and community repair, from activist and organizers to educators, social workers and facilitators of all kinds. 

Just Act T.O. Institute ADVANCED JOKER TRAINING 1
ADVANCED JOKER TRAINING 1:
Sequencing & Facilitating TO games-ercises within an anti-oppression framework
DATES: July 19-21, 9am-5pm             
WHERE: Just Act Studio, 6139 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA
COST: $285  (limited financial aid based on need available. Email us to learn more)
REGISTRATION OPTIONS for Advanced Joker Training 1: 
$50 registration fee (non-refundable after May 26)
$285 Full amount
REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  April 26, 2019 

 

Just Act T.O. Institute ADVANCED JOKER TRAINING 2

ADVANCED JOKER TRAINING 2:
In-depth Forum Theatre Joker Training, from guiding a devising process for participants' personal growth & development of Forum Theatre pieces, to facilitation practice & coaching

DATES: August 2-4, 9am-5pm
WHERE: Just Act Studio, 6139 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA
COST: $285  (limited financial aid based on need available. Email us to learn more)

REGISTRATION OPTIONS for Advance Joker Training 2: 
$50 registration fee (non-refundable after June 26)
$285 Full amount for either Joker Training 1 or 2
REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  April 26, 2019

$520 SPECIAL DISCOUNT if you want to take both Joker Trainings

To register, Click below!

Just Act Go Vote 2.0 Forum Theatre Tour

JUST ACT, GO VOTE 2.0, A Forum Theatre Voter Education Campaign

Want to transform cynicism, discouragement & despair into creative forward-thinking action? Then host a Just Act, Go Vote event or residency!

What is Just Act Go Vote 2.0?
It is a  non-partisan voter education campaign using interactive Forum Theatre to raise awareness about why many people don’t vote, create space to practice new strategies for engaging in difficult conflicts with people who don’t consider voting as vital to keeping democracy alive. AND, we will register new voters and help them make a plan for voting.

Voting is an urgent civic and personal issue. Choosing to vote or not vote is more than just a personal preference. For residents who aren’t deeply involved in community activism, how our government functions and why voting matters are abstract, complex concepts. Knowledge from high school civics classes, if one even had them, are but a vague notion from the past.

The result is that the impact of not voting and the decimation of citizen power doesn’t consciously register in our minds.

Traditional ‘Get out the Vote’ campaigns are all about facts, figures and reaching as many people as possible through door knocking, flyering (real and virtual), and phone/text banking. Such approaches do little to amplify residents’ experiences with disenfranchisement by the system of voting, and how the government—local or national—is impacting their lives.

Just Act, Go Vote makes voting relevant and compelling in the present moment.

What will Just Act, Go Vote do:

  • Bring generalized concepts of government to the intimate scale of everyday life.
  • Engage, educate and motivate residents to vote.
  • Increase citizen participation in voting.
  • Inspire collective demand for racial, economic & political equity.
  • Cultivate and revive interest in voting across generations.

Just Act, Go Vote 2.0 will be a second iteration of the original Forum Theatre tour that Just Act created in the fall of 2018 to grow voter awareness amongst young people and register new voters. 

We have witnessed how Just Act, Go Vote grows the number of people who feel compelled to vote because they now understand their relationship to voting.

While voting and candidate information might be publically shared, the data and analysis around voting is not effective in propelling people to the polls. 

By increasing knowledge and understanding of how government systems work,  we can increase citizen participation in voting and inspire collective demand for racial, economic, and political equity.

What is Forum Theatre?

Forum Theatre is a structured interactive theatrical improvisation based directly on a group’s own stories of conflict. Audience members are called “Spect-Actors” and are given the responsibility of acting on injustices that they see in the characters’ relationships. To do so, they are invited to jump into the improvisation, and try out different strategies to productively tackle the conflicts in play. Forum Theatre enables participants to theatrically reflect on their social position and debate concrete actions that each person can take outside of the performance itself when they find themselves in similar conflicts.. In doing so, the Forum offers a rehearsal for reality, renewing and deepening our capacity to stand up more effectively for justice on personal and inter-group levels.

As a multi-dimensional resource across sectors, Just Act is a distinctive, innovative hybrid of artistic and community engagement, committed to growing the “power of we.”

Theatre of the Oppressed is our starting point for working at the intersection of theatre, social justice, anti-oppression facilitation and civic engagement to create community-driven work strengthening individual and collective power, and transforming divisive social, systemic and personal challenges into equitable solutions.

It is with gratitude that Just Act carries on the legacy of Augusto Boal. We graciously tip our hats to Boal for lighting the way to understand that theatre happens everywhere, with anyone willing to witness the magic within everyone.

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