In the spring of 2017, we are planning to host another Theatre of the Oppressed Joker Training with staff from Theatre of the Oppressed NYC.
Dates, times, and registration information will be posted here.
This training, for activists, artists, social service professionals, students and engaged citizens, journeys through the process of introducing a group to Theatre of the Oppressed games and exercises and creating a Forum Theatre play from start to finish. This includes telling and choosing stories of oppression, using Aesthetics of the Oppressed (clean trash sculpture, etc) to explore the story, and playing rehearsal games. We will examine the theory and politics of the work while staying firmly rooted in practice. Participants have the opportunity to practice jokering a Forum play and teaching back the games to the group, and receive constructive feedback from the group. We'll take time to address a variety of questions that arise when working with different communities. At the conclusion of the training, we'll share original Forum plays with friends and colleagues.
Prices for participation are on a sliding scale from $200 - $300. We ask participants to pay what they are able to contribute.
If you are interested in being on our interest list for further information about the training, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At our first meeting we asked people to begin volunteering their time at community organizations and building relationships with community members. Here are some of our favorite community organizations. If you need assistance contacting them, please let us know.
Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless
Which a mission to move people into a permanently self-sufficient, independent life, provides transitional housing and support services to homeless families and women in Arlington County and the City of Alexandria in Virginia.
Typical activities: tutoring, field trip coordinating, small business planning.
Bread for the City
Provides vulnerable residents of Washington, D.C., with services, including food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.
Typical activities: sorting clothes, health education, distributing groceries.
Community of Hope
Provides direct services in health care, housing, and educational support to meet the needs of homeless and low-income families and individuals in Washington, D.C.
Typical activities: after-school reading programs, computer lab assistance, child care volunteers, translating services, Hope Apartments maintenance work.
Friends and Families of Incarcerated People
Primary mission is to foster community support that effectively meets the needs of today’s at-risk children and families of those incarcerated. It operates solely to promote charity, literacy, public safety, and to avoid inter-generational incarceration.
Typical activities: after-school mentoring.
Contact: Stuart Anderson, email@example.com www.ffoip.org
Guerilla Arts Ink
A community-based arts & education organization dedicated to improving the overall quality of life of the youth we serve through quality arts programming, innovative curriculum design, and educational consulting.
Typical activities: school programs, workshops
Contact: Stacy Lucus (Program Coordinator) INFO@EDLYRICS.COM
A bilingual and multicultural agency specializing in the prevention of homelessness in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area that helps the Latino community. Specializes in helping homeless men and women who suffer from addiction, alcoholism, and mental health problems.
So Others Might Eat
Feeds and clothes D.C.’s homeless and poor; treats ill, homeless people at medical, dental, and mental health programs; trains people for jobs; and houses homeless families and single adults.
Typical activities: tutoring children, working with senior populations, dining room and meal preparation, yard work, painting, organizing game nights and birthday parties, administrative tasks.
Thrive DC provides a safety net for people facing economic crisis and housing instability, and helps achieve independence for people experiencing extended periods of homelessness.
Typical activities: preparing and distributing meals and emergency supplies, assisting at computer workshops, helping people apply for jobs, tutoring.