Concept by: José Angel Santana
With an emphasis on a creative process that is grounded in mutual understanding, class participants will learn how to create a climate conducive to collaboration with young people, in order to “spontaneously” devise original dramatic works that promote peace in communities, resolve interpersonal conflicts, and encourage young people to value their own expressions.
The course will combine the craft of acting, music, dance, public art, deep listening, improvisation, storytelling, poetry and role-play with the methods of conflict resolution and mediation.
Participants will learn the processes and activities for making original theater and “community” with young people by creating a temenos (a sanctuary) where adolescents feel safe, less alone with their thoughts and feelings, valued, and thereby gain the confidence to express themselves to make a difference and contribute to society.
Participants in this course will learn:
- Leadership: How to lead a group by creating a climate that is conducive to collaboration by building meaning relationships with young people by using deep listening to validate teenagers’ thoughts and feelings;
- Mentorship: How to help young people discover and support them on the path to their dreams. How to raise a young person’s self-esteem on a regular basis. How to bring out the best in young people;
- Temenos (Sanctuary): How to create a kind “judgment-free” safe space for young people to take risks expressing themselves;
- Theater Making: How to lead theater-making activities using improvisation, storytelling, poetry, role-playing, process theater, forum theater, and “yes, and…”;
- Applied Theater for Social Change: How to make theater that addresses and raise awareness about important issues in your community and, if there is a need, to make theater that can resolve conflicts within the community;
- Non-Violent Conflict Resolution: How to apply the deep listening techniques of theater to resolve conflicts peacefully;
- Confidence: How to harness the power of “positive regard” to hold yourself and young people in your/their “highest possibility” to make a positive change in society;
- Empowerment: How to apply “the reality of doing,” a principle from the craft of acting, to distinguish between what is and what is not in one’s power to control; and how to focus one’s actions on what you can control in order to create positive outcomes in life and art.
- Teachers primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs
- Teacher trainers; Headteachers
- Managers of schools/organisations offering adult education.
Head teacher of Arts and Wellbeing Courses: Susan Gagliano
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