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LOOKING FOR J.E.D.I. TRAINING? CREATIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT? THEATRE OF THE OPPRESSED TRAINING?

Just Act offers multi-level embodied social justice programs to strengthen citizen & collective power for healing, change & activism.

community engagement, communication, reflection and repair.

..ACTIVATE your mind, body and spirit through Just Act’s Theatre of the Oppressed and related programs–an exciting entry point for sharing and interrogating real life experiences to generate new strategies for making the change you desire.

ACTIVATE your passion for J.E.D.I. –justice, equity, diversity and inclusion– by gaining tools to go out into the world with a deeper understanding of our combined human experiences.

WITNESS, debate, relate, reflect and re-see difficult realities within and around you, then create transformation from the inside out.

Providing a kit of creative techniques and practical engagement strategies, Just Act supports change seekers –organizations, educators, community leaders, activists, engaged individuals—to unravel dynamics of oppression, reweave connections, nurture new understanding of how to embrace conflict as a place of possibility, and reimagine action plans to build a just world.

Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) is a participatory theatre practice created by world-renowned Augusto Boal that is applied to work committed to social action and transformation. T.O. actively helps recover our intelligence around hurtful conflicts, reminding us of the internal capacities we can mobilize to counter powerlessness and recover hope and become nimble to redress structural oppressions. This participatory form of theatre flexes the muscles of our imagination and leads us to see conflict as productive, not something to avoid or fear. The intent of workshops, rehearsals and Forum Theatre performance revolve around seeing the constructed nature of reality, how we perform ourselves, identifying the violence and pain we carry inside us, and combatting powerlessness in the face of thorny conflicts by trying out new tactics that the group itself generates.

Programs are applicable to all levels of justice work committed to social action and transformation—educational, political, creative, cultural, community development and beyond.

Just Act Programming

Just Act Institute For Theatre Of The Oppressed

Whether you are embarking on your T.O. journey, or seeking to deepen your facilitation practice, our T.O. Institute offers multi-level Theatre of the Oppressed technique training, such as:

  • Foundations: Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed (T.O) or Forum Theatre,
  • Forum Theatre Intensive, a refreshing new take on facilitating T.O., strengthening knowledge within an anti-oppression framework
  • Advanced Joker Training, Level 1 &
  • One-on-One Facilitation Coaching by Just Act’s Executive & Artistic Director who brings 30 yrs experience as a T.O. facilitator.
  • Introspection: Investigate inside to see more clearly outside via Boal’s Introspection Techniques such as Cops in the Head, Rainbow of Desire
  • Learn, strengthen and expand personal and professional skills in using Theatre of the Oppressed as a tool for social change as well as interpersonal and community healing.

What is J.E.D.I. Training?

At Just Act, it means Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion workshops and professional development, using improvisational tools from Theatre of the Oppressed as a foundation to flip the script from fear to courage.  We customize our workshops for cross-sector partners looking to catalyze conversations with constituents about the ways prejudice and discrimination show up in every day interactions; confront challenges to making personal and structural change. Workshop themes range from undoing racism and anti-bias training to social justice-based team building and creative conflict transformation. Through our trainings, you will:

–Explore and identify the internal and external obstacles that block growth

–Gain new awareness of your self and society

–Utilize new awareness to develop and practice strategies to support transformation.

  •  Workshops for youth & young adults
  • Professional Development for adults

 

    Forum Theatre "Jams On Justice"

    Forum Theatre events created and produced by Just Act in collaboration with local action community groups, civic leaders, engaged individuals and organizations seeking new ways to tackle struggles that surround injustice. Together, we create dynamic, interactive Forum Theatre events to activate authentic inter-group dialogue, tackle conflict and create possibilities for citizen-driven change.

    Audiences called “Spect-Actors”  theatrically debate real challenges then share ideas for changing how characters relate by jumping on stage and trying out their strategy for transforming oppressive behavior that perpetuates the status quo into more equitable interactions.

    Real People.

    Real Struggles.

    Real Strategies for growing equity.

     

       

        community Collaboration, planning & Engagement

        Using theatre and arts-based tools for exploring human interaction, imagination and community possibility in creative placemaking and community planning & visioning, Just Act customizes programs to our partners’ unique interests in building connections across diverse residents so as to grow their power to affect community change.  

        Our resident-driven community engagement model recognizes the need to identify the distinct characteristics, assets and barriers within a community that can impact the capacity and readiness to support change through new policies, projects and programs. 

        We partner with local residents, community groups and leaders to collectively develop strategies for planning and implementation of arts-based solutions that advance community growth and revitalization from the inside out (see also Creative Capacity- Building Workshops).

          "Make Your Own" Community Forum Theatre Ensemble

          We partner with community and school groups to make their own Community Forum Theatre Ensembles to facilitate difficult dialogue and action planning that yields real strategies for changing real struggles that are the result of systematic oppression.

          What is a program?

          • We teach participants from partnering groups to create their own Forum Theatre piece which serves as the centerpiece for a Forum Theatre event in their community.

          What is a residency?

          • A multi-day Forum Theatre intensive training for a group focused on J.E.D.I. concerns while also teaching them T.O. technique. Residencies culminate in a public performance of the Forum Theatre piece they created.

           

             

              Just Act has taken an active role to inspire and support local community organizations and groups to create change through creative collaboration.

              We offer stand-alone workshops to introduce your group/organization to select signature theatre and arts-based tools we utilize in our longer-term place-based, strategic planning community projects. Some examples: Story-Circles, Network Mapping, Problem/Vision trees, Image Theatre on barriers and breakthroughs, create your own Story Engagement Team to collect data, or Improvisational story “Gift-backs.”

              Workshops are customized to meet the specific needs and roles of individuals, groups, organizations and/or systems that embrace our mission as a theatre & arts-based catalyst for building relationships and networks to improve community health and well-being.

               

                 

                  Consultancy

                  We also offer:

                  The Just Act workshops and programs I have attended have not only impacted the paradigm from which I view social issues, but warmed my heart and stimulated my spirit. I was able to feel the social justice issues people only talk about. Thanks for your thrilling, heart-wrenching, inspiring, dynamic, engaging experiences.

                  Carl Moore

                  Assistant Chief Academic Officer, University of the District of Columbia

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