Making Theatre with Adolescents: Listening Deeply to Young People’s Lives

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Concept by: José Angel Santana


In this class, participants will learn how to create a climate conducive to collaboration with young people in order to devise original dramatic works that promote peace in communities, resolve interpersonal conflicts, and encourage young people to value their own expressions. Drama director and educator José Angel Santana, Ph.D. will teach his original approaches that combine deep listening, improvisation, storytelling, poetry and role-play with the methods of conflict resolution and mediation. Participants will learn the process and activities for making theater and “community” by creating a temenos (sanctuary) where young people feel safe, valued, and gain confidence that they can contribute to society. 

“A City at Peace”

By J. Watson Jan 12, 1997, a City @ Peace adolescent participant

Time is a friend, a healer, a maker of
Time is a condolence to me.
It brings me to the point where I
can live,
Where there is joy even within the pain.
Where not all of my tears are those
of sorrows.
Here, in this place that time has
given me,
I see a mirror in others that
reflects all that is me.
Here, in this place, my sorrow is less,
Here, in this place, can our pain
come clean.
Silence is deadly, but to speak
takes a courage that not all of us

Dedicated to everyone at City @ Peace – (City & Peace was a Bravo Television Network: Theater for Social Change Award-winning Youth Theater program in Santa Barbara, California.)


  • Teachers primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs
  • Teacher trainers; Headteachers
  • Principals
  • Managers of schools/organisations offering adult education.

Head teacher of Arts and Wellbeing Courses: Susan Gagliano

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  • Lessons: classes will take place in the Morning (9:00 – 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45).
  • Activities: if not otherwise specified all courses includes at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usuallly on Saturday).
  • Price: 480€

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Not a EU teacher? This course is for you too!

Although our courses are designed with the European Union Erasmus + program in mind, they are also open to teachers from all non-E.U. countries. Over the last few years we have welcomed increasing numbers of teachers from the USA and Japan, among others.

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