Arts and cultural activities, Education

Hands on Acting


Who is behind this?

Torben Flörkemeier

Freiburg Scientific Theatre e.V.


Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

The challenges we are facing in Europe are rooted in our emotions; fears and prejudices prevent us from finding solutions. Theatre provides powerful ways of finding creative responses using imagination, emotional intelligence and embodiment. It is a great tool both on stage and in social processes of all kinds. In two workshop series we will train changemakers of all ages and nationalities in the art of using theatre methods to strengthen democracy and embrace diversity in Europe.

Where will your idea take place?

Two series: 1) Southern Germany (e.g. Ulm ), 2) North-Western Germany (e.g. Bochum).

Why does Europe need your idea?

In our workshops changemakers will literally be trained in taking the stage for democracy. They will learn to assist others in finding creative responses and get first-hand experience in peace-work and integration as the groups will be intercultural and diverse.

What is your impact?

In two workshop series we will have trained 40 facilitators to go into European schools, political institutions, companies, universities, etc. Using theatre methods, they will be highly competent in creating inspiring workshop inputs on democracy and diversity for all kinds of target groups.

How do you get there?

We will provide an interdisciplinary connection between theatre facilitation and content. On 5 weekends 5 theatre methods (Theatre Games; Image Theatre; Improvisation; Music, Body and Movement; Stageing) will be combined with 5 topics (Cultural differences; Gender equality; Political participation; Liberty; Diversity). Apart from theatre techniques participants will learn to facilitate processes, recognise systemic issues in a group and gain a holistic perspective on European challenges.

What is your story?

Starting off as a scientist and activist I was seeking for a way to creatively and emotionally approach my work topics. Discovering the power of theatre to create a new level of communication which engages participants' hearts as well as their minds was an astonishing experience.

Who are you doing it for?

We're inviting changemakers - adults of all ages and origins who are looking for ways to creatively strengthen democracy in Europe. They will act as catalysts for various target groups (educational systems, companies, political insitutions, NGOs etc.), thus reaching far and wide into society.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Feedback on clarity and appeal of project proposal; suggestions for additional target groups and collaboration possibilities.




Idea created on Dec. 13, 2017
Last edit on Dec. 21, 2017

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