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Help our youth fight stigma, discrimination, and violence
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Mixed Company Theatre produces innovative, socially relevant drama as a tool for positive change.  Founded as an artist-run collective in 1983, this nationally recognized not-for-profit today uses Forum Theatre and interactive arts to educate, engage and empower audiences in schools, communities and workplaces. Read more about us here: www.mixedcompanytheatre.com

 

For 35 years, Mixed Company Theatre has worked with youth who are marginalized and who seek a safe space to share their stories! Through the years, our powerful educational interventions and theatre-based social justice projects have celebrated the voices, needs, and desires of these youth, many of whom have identified as homeless, disabled, unemployed, mentally ill or facing other severe social, cultural and psychological barriers.

 

As we celebrate our 35th anniversary, we stand on the cusp of implementing new ideas, innovative artistic interventions, and high quality low-cost projects for our youth to address the discrimination, harassment, and stigma that they continue to face in their everyday lives. 

 

This year we need YOUR help to reach 2000 more youth with our 2 exciting arts-based projects:

  • In Your Head: Forum Theatre tour to address the stigma of mental illness
    An estimated 1.2 million children and youth in Canada are affected by mental illness. Given the high prevalence of mental health problems, it is important to consider the immediate environment of children and youth, and adapt these environments to make them supportive, re-assuring and de-stigmatized zones of influence in the young person’s life. Our new project IN YOUR HEAD, a Forum Theatre play written by Luciano Iogna, will tour community centres and schools to bring marginalized youth together as a community to discuss, analyse and rehearse practical, day-to-day actions that will create an empathetic and inclusive “zone of influence” for mentally ill youth. We had a successful run of this important theatrical endeavour addrssing the stigma of mental illness and reaching youth across 5000 youth across GTA schools! And we're all set to do more with your help.

  • School Lightning Forum Theatre
    Lightning Forums are MCT's brand new approach to creating a platform for intensive learning and exploration for youth. This project is founded on the key principles of Forum Theatre that celebrate community participation, critical inquiry, and experiential learning. This highlight of this project is that schools and youth get to choose the topic/they want to focus which means youth can build awareness, empathy, and skills to address a wide range of relevant themes including bullying, LGBTQ+ discrimination, gender-based violence and many more.

 

Your support will help us take these innovative arts-based educational initiatives to 2000 marginalized youth and build dialogue around these important social justice and equity themes.

All contributions will receive a tax receipt!

 

How exactly will your funds be used?

The $7500 you help us raise will help us compensate artists engaged in this unique theatrical endeavour according to industry standards, and in turn provide quality programming for youth.

 

How will the $7500 be spent?

The ratios below reflect how your contribution will be used towards artist fees for youth programming:

Playwright Royalties: 9%

Director Fees: 10%

Actor and Designer Fees: 55%

Facilitator and Stage Manager Fees: 18%

Transportation and Travel: 8%

 

What impact will your support make?

  • 2000 more youth will learn skills to listen, empathize, analyze and stand up for each other when it matters
  • 2000 more vulnerable youth will have access to a safe platform for learning, dialogue, and action to address pressing social themes of stigma towards mental illness, LGBTQ2S discrimination, and gender-based violence
  • Mixed Company will continue to build its capacity to offer high quality educational programming to marginalized populations who might not be able to cover full artistt fees

We want to thank you!

All contributors will receive a tax receipt. You will also receive a summarized report of how you made a difference by support arts-based programming for marginalized youth at the end of our 2018/19 season. You will receive free tickets to our performances and shows as well as 100% bursaries (transferrable to anyone you know) to attend one of our Forum Theatre training workshops that happen all year round! 

 

Help us celebrate our 35th anniversary by taking theatre to more youth. Make a contribution now!

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