Clients

Central to our social change efforts are the relationships with partner organizations and community allies.

Since 1999, the Mandala Center has used participatory applied theatre arts and popular education for community dialogue, social justice, and societal healing and transformation. Below are examples of programs and client partners that we have had the honor to work with since 2006. Members of our team have been in the field doing related work since 1991.

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Sample Programs »

 

Client Location Program Description Dates
Chimacum Schools – PI program Chimacum, WA Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble performance for high school students on the theme of “Shaming” (slut-shaming, body-shaming, fat-shaming, etc.) March 2017
Guatemala Village Health Seattle, WA 2-day T.O. based “Effective Allyship” workshop for health care professionals working in Guatemala Jan. 2017
Global Visionaries  Seattle, WA 2-day T.O. based Diversity workshop for youth leaders including train the trainer for teen peer educators. Oct. 2016
NW Unitarian Universalist Justice Network Port Townsend, WA Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble “Keynote” performance on societal divides for UU sponsored NW Social Justice Summit. Oct. 2016
League of Women Voters Port Angeles, WA 6-day Theatre of the Oppressed workshop including two Legislative Theatre performances with at-risk youth. June 2016
Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets Seattle, WA T.O. based Diversity workshop for staff of drop-in center / night shelter that supports homeless and street involved youth. May 2016
Jefferson County Family Court Port Townsend, WA “Rainbow of Desire” cross-generational dialogue with juvenile offenders and their parents/guardians. March 2016
Where There Be Dragons Boulder, CO 1 1/2-day T.O. based “Effective Allyship” workshop for core teachers that work with students in developing countries. Jan. 2016
Global Visionaries Seattle, WA 2-day T.O. based Diversity workshop for youth leaders and other educators. Dec. 2015
Southern Oregon University Ashland, OR Rainbow of Desire performance on racism, TO/Playback workshop for Theatre Department, and Intro to Theatre of the Oppressed workshop for students, staff, and community members. Nov. 2015
Castlegar Community Services Castlegar, BC, Canada  2-day Rainbow of Desire workshop for at-risk youth and support staff. Oct. 2015
Southeast T.O. Group Atlanta, GA & Greensboro, NC 2 @ 6-day T.O. Facilitator’s trainings plus 3-day Rainbow of Desire workshop. For Georgia and North Carolina area activists, community workers, and educators. May-June 2015
Woodbine Ecology Center Denver, CO 6-day T.O. Facilitator’s training.  For Denver area activists, community workers, and educators. www.woodbinecenter.org April 2015
University Prep Seattle, WA T.O. workshop on Gender Issues for 6-12th grade Social Justice Day conference. March 2015
Cascadia College Seattle, WA Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble performance on “Human Rights: Getting Real in a Diverse World” Feb. 2015
Portland Village School Portland, OR 2-day workshop T.O. based diversity training for faculty and staff of K-12 grade Waldorf School. Feb. 2015
Josephine County Racial Justice Working Group Grants Pass, OR 3-hour Anti-racism workshop for local community. Jan. 2015
Global Visionaries Seattle, WA 2-day T.O. based Diversity workshop for youth leaders and other educators. Dec. 2014
Woodland Charter School Murphy, OR Diversity workshop for school faculty and staff. Nov. 2014 & Jan. 2015
Global Visionaries San Miguel Escobar, Guatemala T.O. based workshops for combined U.S. and Guatemalan youth groups. Part of Global Visionaries long-standing cultural exchange program for high school age youth. July 2014
Dove House Advocacy Services Port Townsend, WA Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble performances on sexual assault and male bystander intervention to domestic violence. June 2014
Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ 4-day T.O. workshop for students, faculty, and community members. May 2014
We Are Vashon Vashon Island, WA Playback Theatre performance as part of larger event bringing awareness around teen drug use and suicide. May 2014
University of Washington Seattle, WA T.O. based diversity workshop for participants of Western Regional Health Conference. April 2014
Mother Earth School Portland, OR 2-day workshop “Race & Culture in Education” – T.O. based diversity training for school leaders and civic changemakers. March 2014
Portland Village School Portland, OR 2-day workshop T.O. based diversity training for faculty and staff of K-12 grade Waldorf School. Feb. 2014
Global Visionaries Seattle, WA 2-day T.O. based diversity workshop for youth leaders and other educators. Nov. 2013
Mother Earth School Portland, OR 2-day workshop “Race & Culture in Education” – T.O. based diversity training for school leaders and civic changemakers. April 2013
The Playhouse / ICAN Derry, Northern Ireland 3-week residency using Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre with Catholic/Protestant tension in Derry and also Donegal, the Republic of Ireland.  Events include Master Classes in T.O. based Diversity work and Playback Theatre. Jan. 2013
Formaat Rotterdam, Holland 2-day workshop combining Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre.  Open to the public; some experience in Theatre of the Oppressed is required. May 2012
Yael Harlap Bergen, Norway Several events including 2-day workshop combining Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre.  Some experience in both forms required. May 2012
North Carolina Educators Alliance Durham, NC 6-day Theatre of the Oppressed facilitator’s training for school teachers from around North Carolina. Aug. 2011
Cascadia Community College Bothel, WA Rainbow of Desire event on race relations for students, faculty, and staff as well as local community members. May 2011
Port Townsend Public Library Port Townsend, WA Week-long Theatre of the Oppressed workshop for high school students from several different schools. This project is part of a large arts based initiative and stimulated by Jay Asher’s teen novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, on teen suicide. The workshop culminates with several interactive Forum Theatre performances both for the general public and also for local teens. April 2011
Radha Ramaswamy Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, & Hyderabad, India Theatre of the Oppressed workshops, trainings, and performances throughout southern India. Populations included slum families, street children, community / social workers, doctors, teachers, actors, and youth. Jan. 2011

CONTINUED CLIENT LIST 2010-2006

  • Edmonds Community College –  Edmonds, WA — Nov. 2010 — Rainbow of Desire event on hate speech vs. freedom of speech for students, faculty, and staff as well as local community members.
  • Jefferson Community School –  Port Townsend, WA — Nov. 2010 — Diversity workshop for faculty and staff of alternative high school.
  • Power Group – Cape Town, South Africa — Oct. 2010 — Pilot program in Cultural Diversity for South African construction company including training of local facilitators.
  • Leslie College – Seattle, WA — July 2010 — Diversity/Anti-oppression training for Masters in Ecological Education teachers cohort.
  • U.S. State Department – Brazzaville, Republic of Congo — March 2010 — Theatre of the Oppressed training for youth based theatre group as well as workshops for a variety of populations.
  • Global Visionaries – Seattle,WA — Jan. 2010 — Peer leadership “Train the Trainers” program to prepare select high schools students to facilitate T.O. based anti-oppression workshops for teens doing service work in Guatemala.
  • Olympia Food Coop – Olympia, WA — Dec. 2009 — Anti-oppression training for staff.
  • Afghanistan Human Rights & Democracy Organization (AHRDO) & International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) – Kabul, Afghanistan — Oct. 2009 — Theatre of the Oppressed trainings, workshops, and performancesfor a variety of populations including: community workers, victims groups, orphans, school teachers, university students, and professional actors.
  • University of So. Florida – Tampa, FL — June 2009 — Diversity workshop for entire faculty and staff of Arts college division. Aug. 2009 Rite of Passage Journeys Bothel, WA Diversity workshop for Board and staff of national wilderness adventure organization. www.riteofpassagejourneys.org
  • OPEPO – Port Townsend, WA — March/April 2009 — Survey / program assessment development for Alternative Elementary School parent group. 
  • Arts to Elders – Port Townsend, WA – Feb. 2009 — Series of 10 interactive performances in 5 senior residences by the Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble. Focus is on elder issues.
  • Highline Community College – Des Moines, WA — Jan. 2009 — Rainbow of Desire on gender for students and faculty of community college.
  • Global Visionaries – Seattle, WA — Nov. 2008 — Peer leadership “Train the Trainers” program to prepare select high schools students to facilitate T.O. based anti-oppression workshops for teens doing service work in Guatemala.
  • Int’l Council of Fine Arts Deans – Portland, OR — Oct. 2008 — Rainbow of Desire on racism for conference of University Arts Deans.
  • Service Alternatives – Yakima, WA — Oct. 2008 — T.O. based Diversity / Cultural Competency workshop for trainers and staff of Disabled Youth support organization.
  • Tryon Life Farm / Cedar Moon – Portland, OR — June 2008 — Anti-racism workshop for residents of ecovillage intentional community.
  • Global Visionaries – Seattle, WA — Sept. 2007-Jan 2008 — Peer leadership “Train the Trainers” program to prepare select high schools students to facilitate T.O. based anti-oppression workshops for teens doing service work in Guatemala.
  • PATH – Seattle,WA — Dec. 2007 — Diversity workshop for global health organization staff.
  • Democracy Development Program – Durban, South Africa — Nov. 2007 — Intensive T.O. Facilitator’s training for community workers in association with NGO whose mission includes the “re-democratization” of South Africa.
  • OPEPO – Port Townsend, WA — Oct. 2007 — Consensus training for Alternative Elementary School parent group
  • Evergreen Labor Center – Olympia, WA — June 2007 — T.O. workshop for women union organizers.
  • Global Visionaries – Seattle, WA –Oct. 2006- Jan. 2007 — Peer leadership “Train the Trainers” program to prepare select high schools students to facilitate T.O. based anti-oppression workshops for teens doing service work in Guatemala.
  • City of Seattle, Alternate Dispute Resolution Program – Seattle, WA — Oct. 2006 — Workshop on race and conflict in the workplace for City of Seattle employees.
  • Evergreen Labor Center – Olympia, WA — June 2006 — T.O. workshop for women union organizers.
  • Wheaton College – Norton, MA — May 2006 — Anti-racism workshops for faculty and staff.
  • Amnesty Int’l – Atlanta, GA — March 2006 — Multi-cultural Dialogue for staff & volunteers.
  • University of Georgia – Athens, GA — March 2006 — T.O. workshops for students and faculty.
  • Global Visionaries – Seattle, WA — March 2006 — Multi-cultural Dialogue for high school students going to Guatemala.
  • Action Dialogue, U. of Wisconsin – Madison, WI — Feb. 2006 — Anti-racism workshop for student activist group and faculty.