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

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Making theatre with adolescents listening deeply to young people’s lives

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.

Learning outcomes

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
  • Principals
  • Managers of schools/organisations offering adult education.

Head teacher of Arts and Wellbeing Courses: Susan Gagliano

Do you want to take more than one course? Build your own 2-week Course!

Is there any doubt you want to clarify? Contact us ( or by Facebook); we will try to answer all your questions as soon as possible.


  • Activities: all courses include at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usually on Saturday).
  • Certificate: all our courses guarantee a Certificate of Attendance
    if 80% of the lessons will be attended.
  • Lessons: classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45).
  • Platform: participants will have free access to our e-learning platform.
  • Price: 480 €

Next courses in Florence

  • 13-18 July 2020
  • 20-25 July 2020
  • 27 July - 1 August 2020
  • 3-8 August 2020

Next courses in Berlin

  • 27 July - 1 August 2020
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