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What is J.E.D.I? Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 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.

Conflict is a part of life. We believe everyone benefits from having creative tools to better source from our natural intellect, reminding us of our strength, hope and ability to shed deeply-rooted patterns, flex new muscles, envision a just world, then go out and build it. With new awareness and agency, you can directly apply the practical tools gained in our workshops & programs to use in your own communities to creatively frame, explore and transform injustice.

ACTIVATE your mind, body and spirit through Just Act’s Theatre of the Oppressed programs that provide an exciting entry point for sharing and interrogating real life experiences to guide the direction for change, and generating new solutions for 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.

We design our multi-level programming for participants to creatively recharge, and courageously explore fractured relations particularly around race, culture & socio-economic disparities through an intersectional lens.

Our specialized Theatre of the Oppressed training, Forum Theatre events, customized programs and place-based Community Collaborations engage and motivate people to take new action–personally and collectively– through concrete solutions they themselves create. 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 strategies, Just Act supports change seekers –organizations, educators, community leaders, activists, engaged individuals—to reweave connections, nurture new understanding to embrace conflict as a place of possibility, and reimagine action plans to build a just world.

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

 Whether you are looking for:

  • a powerful introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed (T.O) or Forum Theatre,
  • a refreshing new take on T.O. to strengthen your knowledge within an anti-oppression framework, or
  • Advanced Joker Trainings by seasoned T.O. facilitator, to deepen your facilitation practice then the Just Act Institute is for you.
  • 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. We offer multi-level T.O. technique training for those embarking on a journey to go deeper with your practice within an anti-oppression framework

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The People's Jam On Justice Forum Theatre Events

Just Act Ensemble members collaborate with local action community groups, leaders, engaged individuals and organizations seeking new ways to tackle the struggles that surround injustice. We collectively create dynamic, interactive Forum Theatre events where participants theatrically debate real challenges and share ideas by jumping on stage and rehearsing new realities. It is our intention that community members leave energized, refreshed and empowered to create real solutions to seemingly intractable problems.

Real People. Real Struggles. Real Solutions.

 

J.E.D.I. Training

What is J.E.D.I. Training? At Just Act, it means Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion training using Theatre of The Oppressed as a foundation. If you are looking for creative, embodied social justice training for your group or organization, Just Act’s expertise at leading groups creates lasting change. With you, we explore and identify the internal and external obstacles that get in our way & rehearse ways to use new awareness to support transformation.

Community Collaboration & 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 the needs and assets of groups and organizations with whom we collaborate. This individualized focus supports programming so that participants may witness, debate, relate, reflect upon and re-see the realities within and around them, and create action steps to transform their community into equitable, just and thriving places for all.

Our place-based Community Engagement projects are designed to facilitate the capacity building and collaboration process by focusing on the unique needs and characteristics of each participating group/community.  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 Related Arts and Asset-based Skill Building Workshops). 

Forum Theatre Programs & Residencies

The collaboration process starts with our interactions with activists, groups, organizations and schools (from 8th grade to graduate school) to identify and transform shared concerns into invigorating, interactive theatrical dialogue via Forum Theatre. Participants take this knowledge and awareness and perform their own Forum Theatre programs for their communities to strengthen strategic planning and action steps for implementing changes.

What is a program?

  • We teach constituents 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 their performance

Related Arts and Asset-based Skill-Building Workshops

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

These stand-alone workshops will introduce your group/organization to select signature theatre and arts-based tools we utilize in our longer place-based and strategic planning community projects. Some examples: Story-Circles, Network & Asset 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 can be 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.

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

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS & FORUM THEATRE EVENTS

Just Act's Annual Forum Theatre Intensive

June 26- 30, 2019

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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

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Just Act Go Vote: Forum Theatre

An innovative Voter Education & Community Engagement Program

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

Just Act is a non-profit hybrid of artistic & community engagement committed to social justice. Our mission as a theatre-based catalyst for healing, change & activism is dedicated to utilizing Theatre of the Oppressed to activate meaningful dialogue, critical reflection & action planning around complex, divisive civic & social issues. Working at the intersection of theatre, social justice, anti-oppression training & engagement, we are remapping theatre as an active participant in the process of civic dialogue & social action.

 What is Just Act Go
A  non-partisan voter education campaign using interactive Forum Theatre to raise awareness about why many people don’t vote, educate how choosing not to vote impacts residents’ daily lives, strengthen individual and collective capacity to engage in conflict with people who don’t share your perspective on voting, and create new strategies for real dialogue around making change." 

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 local 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’ own experiences with how the government—local or national—is impacting their lives, nor does it grow their awareness of how our democratic government is supposed to encourage a robust social infrastructure rooted in citizen power.

 What will project do:

  • Bring generalized concepts of government to the intimate scale of everyday life
  • Engage, educate and motivate residents to vote by teaching about what voting really means
  • Demystify how government representation works & is related to every day life concerns
  • Increase citizen participation in voting
  • Inspire collective demand for racial, economic & political equity
  • Novel, creative way to tell a story about future impacts of not voting, and make it relevant and compelling in the present moment
  • Transform cynicism, discouragement & despair into creative forward-thinking action
  • Plant seeds of life-long voting in new generation of voters; cultivate/revive interest in voting across generations
  • Keep democracy alive

 “Just Act, Go Vote” will be a second iteration of “Just Act, Go Vote” Forum Theatre-based community engagement and education program that Just Act created in the fall of 2018 to grow voter awareness amongst young people. “Just Act, Go Vote” will be designed to demystify how local city government works, and to educate how choosing not to vote impacts residents’ daily lives and what matters most to them. The goal of the project is to raise awareness and make visible the invisible functioning of City Council, grow the number of people who feel compelled to vote because they now understand their relationship to voting, and encourage people to stay engaged and make their voices heard by learning how to advocate for community needs.

 While voting/candidate information might be shared with residents, the data and analysis around voting is not effective in propelling people to the polls. “Just Act, Go Vote 2.0” will help close the knowledge gap between what happens in our neighborhood and City Council. In doing so, we can draw attention to the role that residents can play in shaping local government, and inspire action on the critical issue of voting.

 People need to know how Council, Mayoral, Judge and City Commissioner decisions affect their lives, how funds are distributed and the role of their Council representatives from the allocation of those funds, to developing legislation and what it takes to get passed. “Just Act, Go Vote 2.0” is rooted in community empowerment and creating space for people to understand where we each are located within the system of power. By increasing understanding of how our local city government systems work, particularly City Council, thus increasing comprehension of our municipality, we can increase citizen participation in voting and inspire collective demand for racial, economic, and political equity.

 This Forum Theatre program will offer a novel and creative way to tell a story about future impacts of not voting, and makes it relevant and compelling in the present moment.

Extensive series of community gatherings that use the combined power of Forum Theatre and participatory action-planning, will bring the generalized concepts of local government to the intimate scale of everyday residents, offering them an opportunity to pause, learn, and collectively understand their citizen power and the importance of voting.

 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.

Health Justice Conference

Through storytelling, movement and theatre improvisations, participants will identify and interrogate the scripts that crop up and prevent us from authentic interaction and create barriers to personal and community healing. Come experiment and courageously visualize the world you want by practicing making changes to daily interactions and growing more healthy responses to conflict. Collectively and individually–joyfully, humbly facing fears that have resulted from systematic oppression–we will identify and rehearse practical solutions for transforming our realities for more equitable relationships and community interaction. 

 What makes our session unique

This dynamic, interactive workshop will serve as a catalyst for personal transformation and healing while providing creative tools to use in your life and change work.Flip the Script will offer a refuel zone to creatively pause and attend to the scripts in our heads that cause internal and external tension that impact our personal and collective health, particularly around race, gender, culture, socio-economic and other social identity disparities. Participants will creatively recharge, while exploring barriers to health and well-being. As members practice transforming conflict and negative challenges from  into moments of possibility, our session will provide an entry point for sharing and interrogating experiences to guide directions for change., Come re-awaken capacities that have been wounded and practice new strategies for flipping the script from fear to courage. The theatre techniques are specifically designed for non-actors, no theatre experience necessary.

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