Distance Mentorship

Distance Mentorship for Theatre of the Oppressed Practitioners
Mentor: Marc Weinblatt

We believe deeply in the power of Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) and other Applied Theatre as tools for social change. As long-time leaders in the field, we feel a responsibility to nurture emerging leaders and support a global TO movement. While we have found on-site apprenticeship to be an invaluable way to further the work, we recognize that not everyone can take a year to live and study with us. With our new Distance Mentorship for Theatre of the Oppressed Practitioners, we are excited and eager to support people in their own communities and to provide access to a wider network of emerging TO leaders/practitioners.


What is the Distance Mentorship?

The Mandala Center for Change “Distance Mentorship for Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) Practitioners” is an on-line based, 10-month leadership program for people to receive training and support at home while they actively practice TO in their own communities. Participants will receive guidance, training, and feedback from long-time TO/Applied Theatre practitioner and trainer, Marc Weinblatt, fellow cohort Mentees, and guest professionals in the field. We expect the Distance Mentorship cohort to have 6 people per session from across the US and around the world. Our current cohort has people from the U.S., Mexico, Singapore, and Malaysia!

August 2018 – May 2019 (10 months)

Cost: US $1,100 (non-refundable and paid-in-full in advance of the program start.)

  • Once accepted into the Distance Mentorship, a non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to secure your space. Balance is due by the start of the Mentorship.
  • Cost of summer TO Facilitator training (June 25-30, 2018) is additional.
  • Please note: Unlike most of our public offerings, there is no financial aid for this program. We are committed to keeping the cost reasonable and believe that an ability to organize and fundraise is an important skill for leadership development.

Program Overview – What you get:

  • (9) Monthly @ 2-hour Zoom video-conference calls with Marc and the full cohort to share experiences, successes, and challenges from community TO work. Each session will include a 20 min. presentation by Marc on relevant themes and a shared resource. (Sept – May: total of 18 hours)
  • (10) Monthly private 1.5-hour Skype/Zoom or phone calls with Marc.
    (Aug – May: total of 15 hours)
  • Additional private sessions can be scheduled for a fee.
  • (2) 90 min. video-conference “Guest Presentations” with internationally recognized TO leaders in the field. (3 hours)
  • Digital resource/support materials.
  • Access to a dedicated Facebook Group – private group page to support connection and shared resources.
  • Your work/project featured on a dedicated “Special Projects” page of the Mandala Center website.
  • Networking support with the global TO community.

Requirements to Participate

  • Prior participation in the Mandala Center annual “TO Facilitator’s Training” or equivalent experience with the Mandala Center. Demonstrated grassroots experience as a TO practitioner will be considered. We highly encourage Mentees to attend the June 2018 TO training in Port Townsend prior to the August Mentorship start to begin forming an in-person relationship with Marc and other Mentees. (Registration and cost for that training is in addition to and separate from the Mentorship.)
  • Concrete plans for applying TO with at least one community group during the Mentorship term. Ideally, this would be ongoing (weekly or monthly sessions) so the work can develop with feedback from Marc and the Cohort. This can be either an already established project or it can be set up to occur during the Mentorship term.
  • An intention/plan to be in active TO practice with marginalized communities – either an ongoing project, a series of projects, or some other application beyond the Mentorship.

What you need to do next

  • Complete the “Distance Mentorship Application Form.”  Contact us for application form.
  • Set up a SKYPE interview with Marc.
  • Register for the 2018 “TO Facilitator’s Training” (June 25-30, 2018), for those who have not yet taken the training. This is a separate fee.
  • If accepted into the Distance Mentorship program, a non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to secure your space.

    “Having Marc as a mentor has been (and continues to be) among the most valuable experiences of my life. Marc has genuinely committed his life to confronting oppression, and does so in a way that is equally powerful, gentle and compassionate. Always mindful of his own privilege, Marc is both a generous teacher and eager student.”
Ansuya Naguran, South Africa