Luciano Iogna
Actor - Director - Writer - Facilitator - Instructor

 SELECTED  FACILITATIONS

 

              Judgment

Facilitated a ten-session series of educational workshops with almost 200 Information Technology managers for the Toronto Dominion-Canada Trust Bank around the issue of judgement.  Brainstormed in single-group formats and then, with individual moderators, in break-out groups to help answer targeted questions and to examine specific issues around interpersonal and team communication.  Looked at various approaches towards developing working policies to encourage individual and team leadership and independent judgement.

 

            Women's Rights

Facilitated numerous workshops throughout Turkey from April to May 2006 with various arts groups in using Forum theatre to explore and present problems confronting women's rights in Turkey (forced marriages, domestic abuse, illiteracy, etc.).  Painted Bird Theatre  (Tiyatro Boyalı Kuş -  Turkey's first women-run/feminist theatre company), Greater Eskişehir Municipal Theatre and the Istanbul Creative Drama Association (Çağdaş Drama Derneği  -  ÇDD) engaged me to teach Forum Theatre to their respective members; to learn new ways of presenting  problems facing women and young girls in contemporary Turkish society.  These theatre organizations realized that the struggle for women's rights is becoming more prominent within Turkish society and they were looking at improving their presentation faculties by adopting innovative theatre methodologies as a tool for social change within their communities.

 

            Disabilities

Worked with Employment AccessABILITY Simcoe in Barrie, Ontario (for the Simcoe County Traing Board), in a workshop environment over a two month period to examine the issues of systemic barriers which people with disabilities (visible and invisible disabilities  -  physical and psychological and/or neurological) must face when dealing with potential employers.  Used Forum Theatre techniques to explore and analyze numerous points for diverse disabilities and developed the Forum Theatre play TAKING DOWN THE WALLS with the participants.  This play then toured through Simcoe County until 2005 to various community groups, institutions and organizations (disabled, corporate, academic, etc.) in order to make the community aware of the difficulties and stereotypes disabled people must endure in the workplace.

 

            Anti-Racism

Worked with Youth Counselors for the Flemingdon Park Resource Centre (City of Toronto Parks and Recreation Department) in a half-day workshop to look at how to identify different forms of racism and how to address racist behaviour amongst their peers and within groups over whom they have responsibility as Counselors.  Used various theatre techniques in creating scenarios to practice their communication and problem-solving skills in a non-judgmental environment.

 

            Conflict Resolution

Worked with Day Care Workers for the Flemingdon Park Resource Centre (City of Toronto Parks and Recreation Department) in a half-day workshop to look at how to identify and address diverse attitudes and behaviours leading to hostility in the workplace amongst their peers.  Used various theatre techniques in creating realistic scenarios to exercise practical communication and problem-solving skills dispassionately.

 

            Peer Pressures (Parts 2 and 3)

These were the continuation of the 2000 workshop.  With Simon Malbogat (Artistic Director of Mixed Company Theatre), taught more detailed Forum Theatre techniques in two separate 5-day sessions.  These workshops included creative playwriting and facilitation for this medium  -  in Kiev (Kyiv), Ukraine.

This program was a joint sponsorship of Canadian Society for International Health and the Youth For Health - Ukraine-Canada Project.  Participants in the course were Youth Counselors and youth peers who were taught practical and alternative methods of communication and presentation around specific issues of smoking, alcohol/drug abuse, and STI's/AIDS and their prevention.  We trained participants to use theatre as an educational tool to create, develop and script/write scenarios for specific topics and how to facilitate Forum Theatre presentations with youth audiences within their respective communities in Kiev.

 

            Peer Pressures (Part 1)

 Co-facilitated a week-long (5 days) workshop, outside of Kiev (Kyiv) during the Youth Summer Program in Ukraine, with youth and peer counselors on issues such as: smoking cessation, alcohol abuse, drug abuse and sexually transmitted diseases and their perpetuation through peer pressure.  With Simon Malbogat (Artistic Director of Mixed Company Theatre), taught the basics of Forum Theatre techniques and skills to name and demonstrate forms of peer pressure  -  especially when working with street youth and youth at risk (illiterate or with little/no education).  The Youth Peers then broke into several groups to cover different parts of Kiev to reach as many youth as possible.

 This program was joint sponsorship of Canadian Society for International Health and the Youth For Health - Ukraine-Canada Project.

 

            Community Soundings

Facilitated information-gathering workshops re: history, people and community for the Lakeshore Area Multi-Arts Project (L.A.M.P.).  Workshops consisted of seniors and community members, including families with children.  The project's aim it was to recall people and events from past and present who reflected the spirit of the Lakeshore region so that this information could be collected into a community play (SWIMMING FOR SHORE).  A blend of theatre techniques with sociometry exercises were used to stimulate memories and for subjective and objective discussion and recording of events.

 

             Workplace Sensitivity

Facilitated parts of a series of workshops around the issue of workplace sensitivity, along with listening and communication skills, for newly appointed building superintendents in the Toronto Housing Corporation.  Amalgamation of six regional Toronto cities meant an overhaul of many management and/or labour systems that led to consequent workplace conflicts that had to be acknowledged and examined.  Incorporated theatrical elements into role-play scenarios to help illustrate points for greater analysis and understanding.

 

            Forum Theatre

With Celalladin Uçar (Artistic Director of À La Türka Productions), taught the introduction to Forum Theatre in Istanbul to educators, elementary school teachers and university professors of Creative Drama (ÇDD) programs.  Then taught similar workshops specifically for theatre workers at the Alaçatı 12th International Theatre Festival.  Participants in the workshops included high school and university students to academics and professional theatre artists to community organizers and activists wanting to learn practical and alternative methods of theatre and tools for social activism regarding injustices within their workplaces (i.e. dealing with unlawful dismissals, ethnic discrimination, sexual harassment, etc.).

 

           Labour Education

Facilitated a workshop at the National Conference of Regional Educators for the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC).  Demonstrated Popular Theatre as a methodology for Labour Educators for greater participatory education and as entertaining problem solving.  Also facilitated discussions on other forms of popular education within PSAC's membership.

 

            Forum Theatre

 With Celalladin Uçar (Artistic Director of À La Türka Productions), taught Introduction to Forum Theatre at both Istanbul and Mugla Universities Theatre programs and at the 15th International Denizli Theatre Festival during the À La Türka/Mixed Company tour of Turkey with their co-production MERHABA/BONJOUR/HELLO!  Participants varied from university students to academics and professional theatre artists to community organizers and activists wanting practical and alternative methods of theatre and tools for social activism.

 

            Forum Theatre

 With Simon Malbogat (Artistic Director of Mixed Company Theatre), taught the basics of Forum Theatre techniques at the 1st International Istanbul Children's Theatre Festival during Mixed Company's tour of Turkey with their adaptation of my play FAMILY.  Participants in the workshop included students, academics and professional theatre artists eager to learn practical and alternative methods of theatre and presentation.

 

            Social Justice Workshops

Facilitated a series of workshops on issues such as the environment, education, provincial and national concerns at the RIPPLE EFFECT (the 8th International Festival of Theatre of the Oppressed) in Toronto.  These workshops were designed for local and international activists and ordinary people to learn Theatre techniques to examine issues specifically affecting them.  Participants could then use these techniques to inform their communities with dramatic presentations or adapt them as innovative tools for analysis.  Simoultaneous translation into French, Spanish and Italian was used for the benefit of the various international delegates.

 

           Forum Theatre

With Simon Malbogat (Artistic Director of Mixed Company Theatre), taught the basics of Forum Theatre techniques during the Summer Program at Concordia University in Montréal.  Participants in the course were social activists, popular educators, academics and artists eager to learn practical and alternative methods of communication and presentation.

 

          A.I.D.S. Awareness

Worked and researched with Toronto health agencies and Public Health Nurses in the Toronto Secondary School Board to adapt material for an interactive play for youth to be presented in Toronto area High Schools.  Students would role-play for each other in situations that challenged persistent attitudes and beliefs around the spread of H.I.V. / A.I.D.S. and other negative-life perspectives.  ACTING AGAINST AIDS  has also been adapted and performed in a university or college versions for older youth in altered situations and attitudes.  This play is still part of Mixed Company Theatre's repertoire (in 1998 I wrote a new play for this project originally titled H.I.V. TOOLBOX ; my new play of this ongoing project written in 2002 is entitled HOW CAN YOU TELL? and in 2003 was nominated for a Dora Award as the Most Outstanding Production for Young Audiences in Toronto).

 

            Violence in Relationships

Worked with Public Health Nurses and Social Workers (in French and English) to research and adapt material for the Mixed Company Theatre inter-active play, BREAKING THE CYCLE, to address the issue of violence/abuse in dating, long-term and married relationships.   Although specifically geared for bilingual Northern Ontario communities, the play was then adapted for community and school tours across rural and urban Ontario and used as a catalyst to discuss myths and stereotypes of relationships and to explore alternatives.

BREAKING THE CYCLE  is still being used today.

 

            Discrimination in the Ontario Justice System

Research and discussion with Ministry Workers, Court Staff and Justices of the Peace in the Ministry of the Attorney General's Office around issues of discrimination towards women, persons of colour, First Nations People, immigrants, persons with disabilities and the economically disenfranchised.  Again, gathered material for the Company of Sirens Theatre production of SPEAK LEGAL, to tour Ontario to educational conferences for Justices of the Peace, Court Staff and Race Relation Workshops for Crown Attorneys.  Facilitated post-show discussions around the issue of "judgment", stereotypes and discrimination.

 

          Employment Equity

Worked with members of Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) to focus on specific points of Employment Equity and identify problems within their Union.  We animated discussions and used theatre exercises to encourage dialogue on issues.  Using theatre techniques, we developed material for Passionate Balance Theatre's interactive presentation  EST-CE QUE JE PEUX VOUS AIDEZ?  for PSAC's annual General Meeting in Ottawa.  Facilitated post-show discussions with the union's membership.

 

           Violence

Worked with male social workers, health workers, police union members, convicted male batterers, assaulted women, Gay and Lesbians, teens and the elderly in various settings over a period of two months.  Used various theatre techniques to open dialogue and aid in discussion of the violence in their lives and in general society.  Collected information on definitions, forms and experiences of violence for the Winter Films/Passionate Balance 1992 production of COLLATERAL DAMAGES.