Mixed Company Theatre
Mixed Company Theatre produces innovative, socially relevant drama as a tool for positive change. Founded as an artist-run collective in 1983, Mixed Company today uses Forum Theatre and interactive arts to educate, engage and empower audiences in schools, communities and workplaces.
Recognized by UNESCO as a tool for social change, Forum Theatre bridges between theatre professionals and the community. In 1991 Augusto Boal appointed Mixed Company as the first official Forum Theatre Centre in Canada. MCT has won numerous awards and citations for civic engagement and artistic excellence.
Led by Simon Malbogat, co-founder and Artistic Director, a broad range of established and diverse theatre professionals are engaged to create touring productions and community animations. Mixed Company Theatre develops, workshops and presents original Forum Theatre focusing on educational and community issues for local, regional, national and international audiences. Among the organizations Mixed Company has partnered with are: Amnesty International, National Crime Prevention Centre, Canadian Red Cross and The Banff Centre.
More than 100 Forum Theatre productions have been developed for people of all ages and backgrounds, spotlighting issues of diversity, family relationships, peer pressure, sexual and mental health (including STI and HIV under the City of Toronto's Public Health), racism, homelessness, leadership, drug and alcohol abuse, and violence.
Thoughts About Art and Community
Mixed Company Theatre builds awareness of relevant social issues by delivering active and engaging programming in schools, workplaces and the community, and supporting the development of artists who bring Forum Theatre to the public. Some of our current programs include:
• Touring School and Community Programs: The mainstay of Mixed Company Theatre’s work in the community, our education and awareness programs and workshops in schools and the broader community.
• Emerging Artist Program: An effort designed to support emerging artists in learning the Forum Theatre craft and developing theatrical productions focused on social change.
• STARS Awards: A program established to honour youth, adults and organizations that shared Mixed Company Theatre’s commitment to using art and drama as a tool for social change.
• Corporate Workshops and Productions: Events designed to address key challenges and encourage positive cultures in organizations.
MCT employs socially relevant drama as an interactive educational tool. Using this method, MCT designs & delivers productions to a variety of community audiences.
ANXIETY SHOW – Apr 4-22nd 2016 (Gr. 7 – 10)
Josh is a jokester who creeps his classmates on Facebook. Suddenly day-to-day stresses of family life and school overwhelm Josh, as he wrestles with his growing anxiety.
MIXED MESSAGES – May 2-13th 2016 (Gr. 7-12)
Teesha struggles with social pressures and the influences of her peers. One evening, at a party, impaired judgment and miscommunication result in unwanted and tragic circumstances. This play addresses issues of drugs, alcohol and sexual consent.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF LAKESHORE : ARTIST IN MIMICO LIBRARY PROJECT (Sept–Dec 2015)
MCT in partnership with Mimico Public Library will create a multi-disciplinary performance which will shed light on this neighborhood. This project will bridge the gap between youth and seniors and focus on inter-cultural & inter-generational stories and issues. We will create a play and invite the neighbourhood to be a part of the performance.
THE VOICES OF OUR ELDERS – FIRST NATIONS SENIOR PROJECT
MCT, in partnership with Scadding Court Community Center will begin working with the First Nation’s Senior Community this fall. Participants will explore multicultural and intergenerational stories culminating into a public presentation on Oct 6th 2015.