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Up to twenty-five people to participate in a week-long Theatre for Living workshop. No acting experience is necessary. Just a willingness to be honest about your experiences and a desire to play!

Participants should have a connection to the issues of violence in the Indo-Canadian community and want to do something about it.

We need a diversity of perspectives from within the community to enrich this work.

Your experience of violence may be direct or indirect. Perhaps you have recent experience around violence and its connections with issues at home, identity crisis or the need to belong; or you have family, neighbours, clients, students, patients or coworkers who have been impacted. If you are keen to explore your relationship to the real struggle of your community with violence,
your perspective is valuable to this workshop!
The workshop will use theatre games and exercises to build trust and explore your experiences around the issue. In the beginning, these games and exercises are non-verbal. Slowly, the workshop will create plays, based on the life experiences of the workshop participants. This will happen through a symbolic, physical language. Testimonials where you tell really personal stories to the group will not be asked from you. It is these points of tension that will form the subject matter of play.

This workshop does not go to public performance. Its purpose is to gather the core material for the creation of the Forum Theatre production that will perform in Vancouver and Surrey.

The workshop will take place from October 17-22, 2005, at the Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre - 7646 Prince Albert Street, (one block east of Fraser at 60th).

It is very important that you are able to commit to coming to every day all day of the workshop. Each workshop participant will be paid $500.00 for the week and lunch will be provided each day.

Five members of the community workshop will create the main-stage Forum Theatre play along with Headlines’ Artistic Director David Diamond and a professional design team.

We don’t want the community workshop to be an audition so, if you want to be considered for the cast, you will be asked to do some improvisation work with David during the participant interviews.

Cast will be paid $550 a week for the duration of the project (October 17 - December 11).

Cast members will sign contracts stating they are available for the full time period and all performances.

Performances in Two Locations

Ross Street Temple, Community Annex
8000 Ross Street
Preview: Wed. Nov 16 at 8pm
Nov 17 to 20 and 23 to 27 at 8pm

Surrey Arts Centre
13750 - 88 Avenue (in Bear Creek Park)
Dec 1 to 4 and 7 to 11 at 8pm
Live Telecast and World Wide Webcast:
Sun. Dec 11 at 8pm

To become a workshop participant, please send us a letter/email/fax indicating that you are available to commit to the dates and times of the workshop (October 17 to 22 from 9am to 5pm each day).
If you are interested in creating the public main-stage show and being a cast member, please indicate that you are available to do so.

Please, also state why you want to be part of this project and how it is relevant to you. You may include a resume if you choose. And be sure to include all your contact information! (email and mailing address and telephone number) If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 604-871-0508 or send us an email to


Here and Now will be created and performed by members of the community. It will be performed for the general public and be a way for diverse audiences to explore solutions to the issues of violence.


The record of the audience interventions, in the form of initiatives that would enhance existing community organizations’ programs addressing the issues of violence, will be turned into a report.