J.E.D.I. Training

Justice. Equity. Diversity. Inclusion.


Get set to train with Just Act’s Executive & Artistic Director Lisa Jo Epstein Ph.D, a seasoned T.O leader with more than 2 decades experience teaching Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, facilitating applied T.O workshops & residencies, as well as jokering public Forums.

Applied Theatre Of The Oppressed

This training will bring out your ability to overcome societal and self-imposed limits in order to better include and interact with others.


Just Act’s experiential Applied Theatre of the Oppressed programming generates thinking, dialogue and collaborative action, building personal and professional interpersonal skills to focus action, tackle obstacles, and animate social change.

We offer multiple ways to be involved including Customized Programs & Residencies for organizations and communities. 


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Just Act's Annual Forum Theatre Intensive, June 26- 30, 2019

Just Act’s Forum Theatre Intensive is geared towards individuals seeking to develop or deepen and strengthen facilitation skills and training in Forum Theatre and core TO
techniques to improve your ability to effectively engage JEDI concerns–justice, equity, diversity & inclusion–, and use interactive theatre as a tool for personal, interpersonal as well as community repair and change.

Our Forum Theatre Intensive culminates in a free public performance of the Forum Theatre pieces created by participants.

In our 5-day Forum Theatre Intensive, you will learn:

  • Foundational training in the theories and techniques of Forum Theatre & Theatre of the Oppressed
  • Practice the techniques within an anti-oppression framework developed exclusively by Just Act
    developed exclusively by Just Act
  • Experience spect-actor intervention in a free public performance of the Forum Theatre pieces created by participants
  • Engage in self and relational transformation that will support your efforts back at your home sites of changing collective patterns of action and thinking, as well as transforming structures.

We will guide you through the experiential learning process we utilize for noticing and investigating inner and outer work, with curiosity.

  • What happens in our bodies, feelings and thoughts when we do a TO activity.
  • How these aspects, as well as how we ‘read’ the non-verbal body language of others, inform the action choices we make.
  • The challenges to changing our patterns of behavior—ie the ways in which we mobilize social power–in our everyday social interactions, and thus unconsciously perpetuate inequitable systems of oppression.
  • What is the impact on our own bodies and minds of these habits, of this social conditioning that may in fact be sabotaging our social justice efforts.
  • How to access & utilize our radical imagination to flip the scripts & author new narratives.

Forum Theatre Workshop Details

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)

$50 registration fee (non-refundable after May 26)
$485 Full amount
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The Just Act workshop at Tyler School of Art was a rare opportunity for the students to speak to the socio-political dynamics that touch every aspect of their experience at Tyler, but so rarely get talked about. Thanks to Lisa Jo's skillful facilitation, a group of students who started out extremely hesitant to perform for each other in any way, let alone to perform the details of their real frustrations and setbacks at the University, transformed dramatically over the course of a few weeks. By the end of the workshop, the students were enthusiastically collaborating on their shared concerns.


Artist, Graduate Student, Tyler School of Art

Lisa Jo is a masterful maestra with an uncanny gift for tapping into our heart's inner hunger to educe something luminous, vast, and Divine! She can transform any place into a safe space for diverse groups of individuals to cast aside our inhibitions and trust her process. Lisa Jo’s passion is infectious and her keen ability to empathize with a broad spectrum of humanity allows her to effectively gauge the general emotional state of her players and improvise during any situation at any given moment to fulfill the needs of the group she’s working with. When you couple Lisa Jo's unique intuitive sense with her high-level expertise then you get a facilitator who is brilliant, piercing, and dynamic!

Workshop Participant: Dr. Kim Chestnut


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