WORKSHOPs

The Art of Peace

This interactive workshop will explore creativity (thinking outside the box) as a tool for making social change. Through historic, global and personal case studies, students will come to understand peace building as an “art” that often calls for a creative approach.

Engaging theatre, facilitated discussion, role playing scenarios and interactive simulation games will empower participants to harness their own creative potential for a more peaceable world.

• Students will explore the idea of peace-building as an art form that requires a creative approach

• Students will gain awareness of the work of various artist/activists world-wide who use their passions for social justice

• Students will be given the opportunity to practice non-violent responses to conflict, as well as act out responses through forum theatre

 

TOTB WORKSHOP FEEDBACK AND REVIEWS

“We were so thrilled that Theatre of the Beat was able to join us once again for our High School Peace Day. [The facilitators] created unique and student-centered activities that kept students engaged as they explored art and peace. It was great to see students smiling, thinking, and working collaboratively!”

— Jessica White, Recruitment and Conference Coordinator, Conrad Grebel University College

 

REQUIREMENTS

TIME

3-5 hours, includes lunch activity

AGE GROUP

13 +

PARTICIPANTS

20-60

INSTRUCTORS

1 facilitator / 20 students

DRAMA EXPERIENCE

None required

SPACE

Access to multiple rooms & wifi


ACTING OUT JUSTICE

A unique, participatory workshop that uses drama to explore the concepts of Restorative Justice. Your group will be transported back in time, to 1974, in the recently vandalized community of Elmira, ON. Two men have been apprehended and you must decide their fate!

• Play drama activities from Augusto Boal’s “Games for actors and non-actors”

• Compare the “three questions” asked by Restorative and Punitive justice

• Learn the historic roots of Sentencing Circles, based on First Nation’s philosophies

• Recreate real life characters from small town Elmira using a “Character Walk”

• Experience how Sentencing Circles work first hand, participating in a dramatic reenactment

TOTB WORKSHOP FEEDBACK AND REVIEWS

“The purpose of the workshops was to have youth see the effects of criminal behavior and open them up to a the philosophy and practices of Restorative Justice… all were very involved.”

— Michael Veenema, Nova Scotia Dept. of Justice, Youth Corrections

“[Acting out Justice] was a fun, thought-provoking, informative and interactive exploration. It communicates to people of all ages and levels of experiences and the skilled facilitators help participants to connect with the stories and struggles of restorative justice.”

— Peter Haresnape, CPT, Peacemaker Corps.

 

REQUIREMENTS

TIME

1-2 hours

AGE GROUP

13 +

PARTICIPANTS

10-30

INSTRUCTORS

1 facilitator / 20 participants

DRAMA EXPERIENCE

None required

SPACE

One large room and chairs


GESTUS LIKE THE REST OF US

Bertolt Brecht was a German political theatre practitioner who found it strange that people didn't seem to notice the injustice around them. He created a unique style of acting that emphasized the social status of a character to get audiences thinking, rather than feeling. 

In Gestus Like the Restus you'll participate in some of the same acting exercises Brecht himself led his actors through: 

• The Car Accident Reenactment (An exercise used to teach the concept of "astonishment" and demonstrate how audiences place blame on characters)

• Status Stroll (Using Gestus [or the physical embodiment of social status] to build a character) 

• The Photo Exercise (Creating tableau scenes to show the social status of every character)

TOTB WORKSHOP FEEDBACK AND REVIEWS

“They LOVED IT! Amazing feedback! [One student] said, “I can’t believe how amazing that was.” I thought so too!”

— -Jill Howard (Henry Street High School)

 

REQUIREMENTS

TIME

1 - 2 hours

AGE GROUP

13 +

PARTICIPANTS

10-40

INSTRUCTORS

1 facilitator / 20 students

DRAMA EXPERIENCE

None required

SPACE

One large room


making strange for social change

Bertolt Brecht was a German political theatre practitioner who found it strange that people don't seem to notice the injustice around them. He created a unique style of theatre to make these things stand out just a little bit more.

Making Strange for Social Change looks at Epic Theatre, "Verfremdungseffekt" (or the making strange technique) and using theatre as a tool for social change. Your group will:

• Discuss social status and the effect it has on how we view each

• Learn Gestus (physical embodiments of social status) and it can be used to develop a character

• Explore the tools of "Verfremdungseffekt" and use them to create an Epic Theatre fairy tale

TOTB WORKSHOP FEEDBACK AND REVIEWS

“My students loved the workshop… Best drama class so far this semester.”

— Yvonne Freundl (Drama Teacher, St. Boniface Diocesan High School)

“Very professional and energetic and wow, were they able to accomplish a lot in the mere 55 minutes I was able to give them.”

— Carrie Gillis (Drama Teacher, Miles Macdonell Collegiate)

“The workshop was interactive, informative and it meant so much to the youth to see arts professionals living their dreams and really making a vocation out of their justice work.”

— Devon Spier (Peace Camp Coordinator, Conrad Grebel University College)

 

REQUIREMENTS

TIME

1 - 2 hours

AGE GROUP

13 +

PARTICIPANTS

10-40

INSTRUCTORS

1 facilitator / 20 students

DRAMA EXPERIENCE

Some required

SPACE

One large room