We draw from a variety of different interactive theatre forms to create customized programs for your organization. While all of our techniques are interactive, some rely on the use of our trained Performance Educators while others do not.
Below are just a few examples of the interactive techniques we use:
Interactive Scenes with Hot-Seating & Role Play
Trained Performance Educators present issue-based, scripted scenes where characters struggle with the pressures and decisions of living and working in a diverse world. When tensions heighten, the scenes freeze and program participants are invited to interact with, or “hot-seat,” the characters in order to learn more about their backgrounds, motivations, and behaviors. Scenes may be replayed, with opportunities for participants to stop the action in order to suggest alternative problem-solving strategies. Participants may even “try out” their ideas by role-paying with our actors. This collaborative process allows the group to generate a range of possible tactics, to discover more effective ways to communicate, and to practice behaviors that are more respectful and productive.
Participants explore an issue together by sculpting their own and other participants’ bodies into static physical images that can depict feelings, attitudes, ideas and situations. Our facilitators use these images as a springboard for discussion, inviting participants to alter them in order to illuminate multiple perspectives. This collaborative process encourages participants to share ideas, examine behaviors and consequences, and generate concrete ideas for positive change.
Fluid Sculptures (from Playback Theatre)
Impact facilitators pose a few simple questions (“How was it getting here today?” or “What kind of challenges did you face at work this week?”) and invite participants to respond by sharing short fragments of personal experiences (“I got stuck on the expressway and was late for an important meeting. It stressed me out”). Our Performance Educators immediately “play back” what they’ve heard, using sound, words, and movement to create brief theatrical pieces that capture the essence of the teller’s experience. This technique is often used as a warm-up, offering a non-threatening, entertaining way for participants to begin sharing ideas and listening carefully to one another.