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Creation & Performance for Social Change: A Forum Theatre Intensive Workshop (Mixed Company Theatre, Toronto)

Dates + Time: July 18th to July 22nd (5 days), 10AM to 4PM (with an hour break) 
Location: In Toronto in person. A specific location will be announced closer to the date.
Facilitated by Simon Malbogat  

Cost of Workshop* 
General Admission: $678 
CAEA Members, Students, & Underwaged Arts Workers: $508.50 
PWYC â€“ Pricing available for limited number of participants 
*All prices include HST 

Creation and Performance for Social Change is a five-day, Forum theatre intensive facilitated by Simon Malbogat. Forum Theatre is an interactive approach that involves the audience in developing real-time strategies for dealing with social and personal issues. In a Mixed Company production, a story representing an issue is created with community members, rehearsed, and performed.

Over the course of the week, Simon will take participants through the steps involved in shaping and refining a Forum play as distinct from other forms of theatrical presentation. By the end of the week, attendees will have hands on experience with the process of Forum Theatre creation, performance, and direction.

While this workshop is for artists of all mediums, actors will have a chance to perform in productions in order to learn the technicalities of Forum Theatre acting, performance, and improv. Directors will have the opportunity to direct a typical Forum Theatre play to learn how it’s different from other forms of theatre or production.  

Learning objectives for this workshop include:  

  • Introducing participants to the basics of Forum Theatre (FT) 
  • Identifying key differences between performance, script, and character arcs in FT vs other forms of theatre 
  • Learn key process and ideas behind scene creation and conflict escalation  
  • Learn and practice character development as oppressors, oppressed, bystanders, and other common FT roles
  • Learn steps for directing FT and how Masks can be used to develop oppressors & bystanders 
  • Identify differences between FT intervention and improv; learn to respond to community interventions  
  • Use sample script excerpt to workshop direction & performance  

This workshop will not be covering how to facilitate/take on the Joker role in Forum Theatre, as those are skills that require their own separate workshop that MCT will be offering at a later date!  

This workshop is an opportunity for artists to JOIN the Forum Theatre community both in Toronto and abroad, in order to start practicing and participating in Forum events and productions. Forum Theatre is a practice that exists at the intersection of artistic creation and social change. As a company, we seek to Educate, Engage, and Empower our audiences, our participants, and our artists, and equip them with the tools they need to create meaningful change in their communities and in the world. To these ends, we encourage individuals from all walks of life to sign up for our workshops, or get in touch with us to find out how else you can be involved!”

To register for this workshop, please visit

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-from Mixed Company Theatre

Colr Your Life: Screenwriting Incubator (Colrize Productions)

“Colr Your Life: Screenwriting Incubator is an 8-week program for Black youth ages 15-18. Youth will have the opportunity to develop a screenplay from concept to script. The goal is to equip young Black screenwriters with the knowledge they need to write an industry-format screenplay. Six participants will have the opportunity to develop an idea throughout the program. In each class, participants will learn about story structure, script formatting, as well as character and plot development. Participants will complete the program with a polished script for their portfolio.”

For more information, please visit:

Colrize Productions

Workman Arts Satellite East (A partnership with East End Arts in support of mental health)

Workman Arts Satellite East
A unique ongoing partnership in support of mental health
Various Locations, Ongoing

Thanks to a $1 million investment over four years from the Slaight Family Foundation, Workman Arts is expanding its art training programs throughout the GTA by partnering with East End Arts, and the city’s other LASOs.

Over the coming years, we will be able to offer a great range of exciting new programming through this incredible partnership that tackles the prevalence of social isolation in individuals with mental health issues and the lack of opportunities to build lasting social connections through meaningful engagement outside of the mainstream mental health system. Workman Arts’ art training programs are unique in the mental health sector because they do not treat the art class as secondary to the mental health benefits. High-quality art classes across all disciplines are facilitated by instructors with lived experience of mental health and/or addiction issues.

Here at East End Arts we are firm believers in the power of the arts to heal. Early in 2021 we had the opportunity to learn about how the science behind that idea works (hint: it’s real science and it really works), and we are thrilled to be able to work with the experts at Workman Arts to bring incredible opportunities to support the mental health of the communities we serve.

Deadline to Apply: June 23, 2022
Artists, do you have a fun, unique idea for an online or in-person community art class? Do you live in one of the 6 LASO neighbourhoods? (South Etobicoke, North/Central Etobicoke, York/Weston, East Toronto, North York and Scarborough ). Apply with your class ideas by June 23, 2022! Priority is given to applications that are culturally specific, present unique/uncommon art forms, and are classes that can be taught in languages other than English! Learn more HERE

Deadline to Apply: June 24, 2022
Community members: Are you interested in assisting with our Satellite arts workshops through a unique, peer support or active listening role? Do you live in one of the 6 LASO neighbourhoods? (South Etobicoke, North/Central Etobicoke, York/Weston, East Toronto, North York and Scarborough). Apply to be a Workman Arts Satellite Peer Support by June 24, 2022! No experience is necessary, and training is provided! Learn more HERE.”

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-from East End Arts

CreateSpace Panel Talk: Art and Accessibility in Public Spaces (online)

“Join STEPS and Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba for a free panel discussion on the ​​subject of accessibility through the lens of public artworks and projects!Public Art illuminates the spaces around us by humanizing our environment and reflecting its diverse communities. For people with disabilities, equal access to arts and culture presents barriers and obstacles at all levels, from application processes to experiencing the work firsthand. What are the various strategies creative professionals use to activate and strengthen pathways to accessibility? How can artistic programming in public spaces break down accessibility barriers? 

Art and Accessibility in Public Spaces investigates the relationship between disability and public spaces, access and art, and explores ways to make artwork in the public realm more inclusive. Exploring methods for access and equity, moderator Jenel Shaw (Manitoba) will be joined by panelists Queen Kukoyi (Ontario), Salima Punjani (Quebec), Ysabelle Vautour (New Brunswick) to discuss their varied experience in creating and providing accessibility in the arts.

Wednesday, June 1st
6:00pm – 7:00pm EST”

For more information, please visit:

-from STEPS

COHABITER, Imaginer les médiations culturelles au 21e siècle

“Inscrivez-vous dès Ă  prĂ©sent au Symposium international de recherche, d’action et de crĂ©ation de l’Observatoire des mĂ©diations culturelles :

« COHABITER, Imaginer les mĂ©diations culturelles au 21e siècle » 

les 1-2-3 Juin 2022, à Montréal.

Inscrivez-vous dès Ă  prĂ©sent pour participer en prĂ©sence (mercredi 1, jeudi 2 et vendredi 3 juin).

Inscrivez-vous pour participer sur Zoom (jeudi 2 juin uniquement).

L’événement est gratuit, mais le nombre de places est limité et les inscriptions sont obligatoires.

Quels sont les dĂ©fis posĂ©s par la cohabitation, et en quoi suscitent-ils une rĂ©flexion portant sur les mĂ©diations culturelles ? Le symposium COHABITER, Imaginer les mĂ©diations culturelles au 21e siècle rĂ©unit chercheur.e.s, professionnel.le.s, artistes et Ă©tudiant.e.s intĂ©ressĂ©.e.s Ă  penser et crĂ©er des formes de mĂ©diations culturelles au croisement des disciplines et des domaines de pratique. Ă€ l’occasion de trois journĂ©es d’ateliers, de confĂ©rences, de tables-rondes ou encore de performances, l’Observatoire des mĂ©diations culturelles convie des perspectives quĂ©bĂ©coises et internationales souhaitant explorer le rĂ´le des mĂ©diations culturelles dans la production d’espaces, de pratiques et d’imaginaires de la cohabitation.”

Pour en savoir plus:

-source : OMEC

Take Three: Black Aesthetics Photography Program (Nia Centre for the Arts)

“Take three is a 9 week Photography program, facilitated by visual artist Nyaomi that allows youth, with an interest in photography, to explore Black artists and Black storytelling traditions in photography. This program will allow participants to use photography as a medium to visualize and understand their identities, histories and futures.”

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-from the Nia Centre for the Arts

Unsung Voices 2022: Youth Video Production Workshop (Reel Asian)

“The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival’s UNSUNG VOICES Video Production Workshop will provide emerging Asian Canadian artists the chance to express themselves through film and media art, learn from professionals in the field, and to produce a distinctly Asian Canadian story for the screen.

A select group of emerging filmmakers will be provided an opportunity to produce and present their film (8 mins maximum), in any genre (eg. fiction, documentary, experimental, etc). The entire collection of films will receive a world premiere at the 26th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival in November 2022.

2022 Program Description

  • This program is tuition free and there are no fees* required to apply
  • Participants must be between ages 18–29 and self-identify as Asian
  • Honourarium will be provided to participants
  • Workshops and learning sessions will be conducted online in the late spring/summer of 2022 (see timeline and more below)
  • Participants will learn and experiment with skills to complete a video production:
    • Creative (ideation, experimentation, and critical thinking skills about filmmaking & arts practice)
    • Technical (writing, visual storytelling, image creation, non-linear digital editing)
    • Project Management (planning for and executing production, collaboration)

* While there are no fees to apply and be part of the program, depending on the nature of your project you may have to contribute to costs associated with your production (ex. props, materials, talent, etc.)

For more information, please visit:

-from Reel Asian

I-talks: An Art Connects Indigenous Workshop Series

“Art connects is an ongoing initiative that started in 2019 to address the role of North York Arts in Truth and Reconciliation. As we build programs, partnerships, and relationships, we continue to ask ourselves “As a non-Indigenous organization, what can we do to support the process of decolonization and build the right relations with Indigenous communities?”

Art Connects is a series of workshops, art installations, talks and tours that aims to connect the local North York Community with both the environment and the history of the land that we live, work and play on.

I-talks is part of the Art Connects Program which is under the umbrella of ArtworxTO.

NOTE: This series of workshops taking place in May are open to the public who have the interest to learn Indigenous Knowledge from Indigenous Elders, Educators and Time Keepers. Please note that if spots are limited priority will be given to North York residents.

I-talks 2022:

Introduction to the series

Understanding Treaty: Part 1

Understanding Treaty: Part 2

Understanding North York

Our Responsibilities to Water & Land: Part 1

Our Responsibilities to Water & Land: Part 2

Indigenous Stewardship, Symbolism & Art

For more information, please visit:

-from North York Arts

Creative Facilitation Camp 2022 (East End Arts)

“Creative Facilitation Camp, 2022
May 13th – 15th, 2022 | Online through Zoom
Sliding Scale from $10-$500 | Register via Eventbrite
Maximum 35 Participants

Artists, arts facilitators and administrators: we’re bringing Creative Facilitation Camp back for its fifth year in a row, and we want you there! Join us for a series of online workshops to enhance your online creative facilitation practice, and gain other valuable skills to support your work.

Presented by East End Arts, in collaboration with Arts Facilitator, Tara Dorey, and Community Impact Consulting (Parul Pandya), Creative Facilitation Camp 2022 is a three-day professional development series taking place on Zoom, which supports artists, arts facilitators, and arts & culture workers in their creative facilitation skills. Over the course of three days, participants will learn how to:

  • Create safe and welcoming spaces for participants from all backgrounds;
  • Better understand the terminology used in Anti-Oppressive and Anti-Racist work;
  • Master the technology used for online workshops; 
  • Allow the creativity of your participants to flourish;
  • Build trust between you and your participants;
  • Build confidence and feel empowered as a creative facilitator;
  • Develop creative ways to transform your art and cultural practice into an engaging workshop and/or learning opportunity for community members;
  • And more important, how to do it all ONLINE! You will learn advanced techniques for using Zoom to create powerful online experiences.”

For more information, please visit:

-from East End Arts

iNdigital Youth Collective (imagineNATIVE)

“Formed through collaboration between imagineNATIVE and ENAGB Indigenous Youth Agency, the iNdigital Youth Collective is a new group of emerging digital and interactive artists aged 12-24 and based in Ontario. 

This collective operates with a collaborative spirit to engage Indigenous youth in a community-focused approach, fostering creativity, technical skill, and confidence. The iNdigital Youth Collective’s mission is to empower Indigenous youth, growing the next generation of Indigenous voices in digital media.


For 2022, the iYC Cohort will be learning Game Design skills through a series of workshops alongside Indigenous Mentors and Artists. The games and experiences you create will be featured as part of an online exhibition as well as a special showcase at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in October! 

The iYC meets weekly on Thursdays for approximately 3 hours using Discord. All iYC members will receive a cash honorarium for their participation in the cohort. Join us from April 28th to June 3rd, 2022!”

For more information, please visit:

-from ImagineNATIVE
photo by imagineNATIVE