Public Workshops

Upcoming Workshops

Branch Out Theatre presents:

Theatre of the Oppressed Intensive ( Toronto )

Facilitated by: Naomi Tessler

Join us for a two-day intensive workshop using Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed techniques to explore issues of social justice and community transformation through embodied learning and collaborative reflection.  This workshop is intended for anyone interested & committed to social justice — community practitioners, activists, educators & beyond.

Dates:        Thursday, February 21st, & Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Time:         10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location:  Downtown Toronto (specific location TBA)

To register and for more info please contact: naomi@branchouttheatre.com  

Cost: A) Two Day Intensive: $190, Students: $160
          B) One Day Drop-in: $100, Students: $90
~some sliding scale spaces available~

Day 1:  Focus-Image Theatre
Day 2:  Focus-Forum Theatre

Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed techniques are powerful tools for deepening one’s understanding of social justice and exploring how to address issues of oppression building, advocacy and personal and collective healing and growth.

Branch Out Theatre presents:

Playback Theatre Intensive ( 3 Days – Toronto )

Facilitated by: Naomi Tessler

Join us for a three-day intensive workshop to gain skills in a transformative style of Improvisation! 

Learn improvisational exercises that gently guide the sharing of personal stories and engaging techniques for re-enacting audience members’ stories with integrity and compassion.  Rehearse how to: deepen connection, enhance your listening skills, strengthen your intuition and build trust with your audience.

Dates:        Thursday, April 11th, Friday, April 12th & Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Time:         10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location:  Downtown Toronto (specific location TBA)

To register and for more info please contact: naomi@branchouttheatre.com  

Cost: Early Bird Rate: $260 (until March 1st),  $295 (after March 1st)

Playback Theatre invites Audience members (or workshop participants) to share stories and watch as the actors play them back! This interactive and therapeutic form of improvisational theatre serves to motivate self-expression, build community and compassion, as the actors and audience members alike recognize and learn from the diversity and universality of their experiences.

Branch Out Theatre presents:

Popular Theatre Facilitation Training ( 4 Days – Toronto )

Facilitated by: Naomi Tessler

Learn how to build and creatively enhance your facilitation practice with engaging tools for: co-creative reflection, interactive participation, activating social justice & inspiring community transformation through embodied learning.

Dates:        May 21st, May 22nd, May 23rd and May 24th, 2019

Time:         10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location:  Toronto (specific location TBA)

To register and for more info please contact: naomi@branchouttheatre.com  

Cost: Early Bird Rate: $350 (until April 1st),  $395 (after April 1st)

Participants will have the chance to:

  • Learn Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, Playback theatre exercises, storytelling practices & theatre games
  • Learn how to apply these techniques, games and exercises
  • Practice facilitating
  • Co-create mini forum theatre plays &
  • Receive support in designing a popular theatre workshop or project in a supportive community atmosphere.

Past Workshops

Rainbow of Desire Workshop

Join us for a self-reflexive and participatory full day workshop and experience Augusto Boal’s Rainbow of Desire techniques. These dramatic games and exercises are creative tools for self-empowerment and personal growth.

To register and for more info please contact: naomi@branchouttheatre.com

Cost: a) 2days: $180 Students: $135   b) 1-day drop-in: $90, Students: $65 

*If choosing option b), please let us know which day you plan to attend. 
 ~some sliding scale spaces available~

During this workshop you will be supported in learning to identify and transform the internal voices-the ‘cops in the head’ and fears that block you from being true to yourself, achieving your goals and standing up to internalized and socio-political oppression.

Join us in uncovering your Rainbow of Desires in a supportive and inclusive environment.

Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed

Facilitated by: Naomi Tessler, M.A. Branch Out Theatre Artistic Director/Facilitator

A full day introductory intensive workshop in Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, focusing on addressing and transforming conflicts. This Workshop is directed at Facilitators, Community Practitioners, Teachers, Teacher Candidates, Educators, social workers, activists, artivists and all those interested in social change.

  • Engage in theatre games from Augusto Boal’s Games for Actors and Non-Actors that can be used as icebreakers, energizers and proactive tools for motivating dialogue around issues of power and oppression
  • Learn to create, interpret and use body sculpting (tableaux) as ways to understand layers and cycles of social and political oppression with Image Theatre
  • Learn a unique style of theatre that motivates us to take a stand and act out how to address and transform conflicts
  • Develop and perform a Forum Theatre play and build your practice of using theatre as a tool for social change
Intro to Theatre of the Oppressed

Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed techniques are powerful tools for deepening one’s understanding of social justice and exploring how to address issues of oppression. These techniques can be used for anti-oppression dialogue, conflict resolution, community peace building, self-awareness, advocacy and personal and collective healing and growth.

Rainbow of Desire

Facilitated by: Naomi Tessler, M.A. Branch Out Theatre Artistic Director/Facilitator

Join us for a self-reflexive and participatory full day workshop and experience Augusto Boal’s Rainbow of Desire techniques. These dramatic games and exercises are creative tools for self-empowerment and personal growth.

During this workshop you will be supported in learning to identify and transform the internal voices-the ‘cops in the head’ and fears that block you from being true to yourself, achieving your goals and standing up to internalized and socio-political oppression. Join us in uncovering your Rainbow of Desires in a supportive and inclusive environment.

Theatre of the Oppressed Intensive

Facilitated by: Naomi Tessler, M.A. Branch Out Theatre Artistic Director/Facilitator

A two-day intensive workshop using Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed techniques to collaboratively reflect and explore issues of social justice and community transformation. This workshop is intended for anyone interested & committed to social justice—community practitioners, activists, educators & beyond.

Day 1 Focus: Image Theatre

Day 2 Focus: Forum Theatre

Both Days Will Include:

Theatre of the Oppressed games, critical reflection, movement, community building, working with images or stories of oppression and discussions around taking this work forward for each participant Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed techniques are powerful tools for deepening one’s understanding of social justice and exploring how to address issues of oppression.

These techniques can be used for anti-oppression dialogue, conflict resolution, community peace building, advocacy and personal and collective healing and growth.

Theatre of the Oppressed Intensive
Creativity. Community. Transformation.