Another important consideration for TSDC facilitators is the project’s timeline. Unlike theatre practitioners who define their role as interpreters or mediators (and work with communities to gather stories and write a play that will then be performed by professional actors), TSDC practitioners need to facilitate the creation of a play while simultaneously training community participants as non-professional performers. That’s a lot to pack into 12 to 15 weeks! Oh, and did we mention that this should be done in a way that creates a relaxed environment and communicates a sense of confidence in the group’s ability to achieve their goal of creating and publicly performing a play?
This is where the art and craft of facilitation sometimes masquerades as magic. To enable the creation and performance of a play in a 12 to 15 week timeframe TSDC facilitators rely on both structural and performance-based tools that include:
- Workshop plans
- Tone and performative modeling
- Script development skills
- Integrating relationship-building social activities — like sharing food, visiting, checking-in, and so on — into every workshop session!