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Conflict Theatre Community of Practice

Started Jul 31, 2020


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Conflict Theatre Community of Practice


Fight Club! A monthly gathering for our vibrant Conflict Theatre Community.

Community of Practice (CoP) sessions are an opportunity to get together as a community and dive deeper into the practice of Conflict Theatre. Participation is always as per your availability. The session content and themes are driven by the needs and interests of our Conflict Theatre Community. These needs have included, but aren't limited to:

  • Sharing stories using Cops in the Head or Rainbow of Desire
  • Embodied exploration through Image Theatre
  • Playing Systems Games
  • Learning Acting and Improv techniques
  • Practicing Joking skills
  • Snacks!
  • Your ideas are welcome! Please email if you have a CoP session suggestion


On the 1st Thursday of every month from 12-2:00pm, we will gather on Zoom (until we can gather in person). We will use Cops in the Head or Rainbow of Desire to explore stories of conflict that are currently resonating with our community, and we will draw our session to an end with a closing circle.

Conflict Theatre Community of Practice Session Dates:

    • October 14, 2020 (*1:30-3:30)
    • November 5, 2020
    • December 3, 2020
    • January 7, 2021
    • February 4, 2021
    • March 4, 2021
    • April 1, 2021
    • May 6, 2021
    • June 3, 2021
    • July 8, 2021


Learning is emergent! Theatre of the Oppressed theory and pedagogy underpins our work, and the methods that we use surface and honour the wisdom of the community. No session is the same as the last, and there's always some new learning or insight. However, our feedback and research shows that, participants consistently report:

  • Demonstrating increased awareness of self, others, and context while in conflict
  • Displaying a deeper understanding of conflict
  • Approaching conflict with curiosity and openness
  • Responding productively and authentically during difficult conversations
  • Mindfully contributing to UBC’s respectful, inclusive and creative environment


The Community of Practice is open to all UBC faculty, staff, and student staff who want to experience the unique approach and offerings of Conflict Theatre @UBC, and who have participated in Conflict Theatre Intensives, the Summer Seminar Series, Performances, or who have previous experience with Forum Theatre.


Prof. Tom Scholte is a Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film as well as Faculty Lead & Artistic Director of Conflict Theatre @ UBC. His research and practice in the realm of conflict involves the application of systems theory to modes of experiential learning based in the Theatre of the Oppressed.

Please email if you have a CoP session suggestion, questions, or if you just want to connect.

Keywords: VRPTGY, BD, CTET

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