Creative Connections and Mandala Theatre, in Nepal, will provide students with a better appreciation and understanding for their cultural heritage, while giving them innovative tools to critically examine their own connections to that heritage.

We invite you to enroll your class in this unique workshop experience. Contact asteckler@creativeconnections.org to register.

Working live with young performers in Nepal and with USA-based theatre facilitator, Tim Steckler (intro below), your students will be introduced to experiential theatre techniques, gaining a better understanding of their cultural heritage while acquiring innovative tools to critically examine and share their own connections to that heritage.

Meet Workshop Facilitators

Workshop Photos

Updates

May 2021 – Final Update

From workshop Project Manager & Facilitator, Tim Steckler, “My highlight of these workshop periods has been the overriding sense of joy over connection that we’ve found the workshop participants experience during the workshop. Here we are, doing online theatre from different sides of the globe, and there’s this incredible sense of sharing and co-creation. Despite the technical difficulties, the students across the world found creative ways together to discover, value, and preserve their diverse cultural heritage. The atmosphere often felt like one of celebration as each student shared their cultural origins and offered them to build amazing theatre scenes that involved everyone involved.”

April 2021

The first workshop took place on April 8 between students in Connecticut and Nepal, with more to follow throughout the month. Workshops will be two hours long, with participants from eight schools, ranging from 6-12 grade. 

March 2021

From CC Founder & President, Alan Steckler, Cultural Heritage Workshops are being prepared right now by our Mandala Theatre (Nepal) partners and Tim Steckler. We have enrolled eight middle and high school classes so far for the theatre workshops, which will be given next month.”

February 2021

From workshop Project Manager & Facilitator, Tim Steckler, “We’ve continued to work with Mandala Theatre to shape this project, drawing on lessons from the last collaboration and tailoring new ideas to the upcoming workshop. A number of American schools have already signed up to take part with the project, and we’re continuing to promote and plan our project for April.”

Workshop Summary

Facilitated in your school (or via Zoom if necessary) by Tim Steckler

Project Manager & Facilitator

Tim Steckler is a Brooklyn-based Applied Theatre Educator and Facilitator. He has worked with students from the USA and around the world to put together interactive performances on social justice issues ranging from refugee resettlement, countering systemic racism, and preserving cultural heritage. Tim holds a Master’s of Education degree in International Education Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Principia College.

Learn more about Tim here in an article from Shoutout LA.

Key Terms

Forum theatre is a type of theatre created by Augusto Boal, one of the techniques under the umbrella term of Theatre of the Oppressed. This relates to the engagement of spectators influencing and engaging with the performance as both spectators and actors, termed “spect-actors”, with the power to stop and change the performance.
Image theatre is a performance technique in which one person, acting as a sculptor, moulds one or more people acting as statues, using only touch and resisting the use of words or mirror-image modelling. The images presented in this form of theatre are a series of still-images that are brought to life via a variety of ways. Image theatre originated as a form of theatrical protest in the Theatre of the Oppressed created by Augusto Boal in the 1960s.
Participatory Theatre is a form of theatre in which the audience interacts with the performers or the presenters.

Booking Dates: April 5 – April 30, 2021

Length of Workshop: 2 – 2 ½ hours

Platform: Workshop facilitated at your school if not possible, remotely. Live Zoom session with Nepali student performers.  

Fee: $500 (grants available for eligible schools)

Only 10 slots available!

Contact asteckler@creativeconnections.org as soon as possible to book a workshop for your school.

Communities Connecting Heritage Program

Building on our previous work in 2019 with the Communities Connecting Heritage Program (CCH), sponsored by the US Department of State, and World Learning, featuring student-led workshops, this project will involve CCH alumni students in Nepal facilitating a series of virtual workshops for ten local classrooms (250 students) in Connecticut using participatory theatre techniques. 

Visit the World Learning website for more information on CCH.

Forum theatre is a type of theatre created by Augusto Boal, one of the techniques under the umbrella term of Theatre of the Oppressed. This relates to the engagement of spectators influencing and engaging with the performance as both spectators and actors, termed “spect-actors”, with the power to stop and change the performance.
Image theatre is a performance technique in which one person, acting as a sculptor, moulds one or more people acting as statues, using only touch and resisting the use of words or mirror-image modelling. The images presented in this form of theatre are a series of still-images that are brought to life via a variety of ways.
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