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Training People’s Theatre the Philippine Way

Training People’s Theatre the Philippine Way

In line with this year’s ICAF to emphasize transferable methodologies, we have asked two of the most experienced facilitators from the Philippines to come to Rotterdam.. to teach how they train people at the grass roots to continue on their own after the first exposure to what the Filipinos call ‘people’s theatre.’ 

The Philippines Educational Theater Association (PETA, founded in 1967) is one of the oldest and most respected community arts-organizations in Asia. One of their specialities is training ‘facilitators’ so they can work with the inhabitants of rural villages and metropolitan slums and pass on their skills in such a way that the arts activities continue after their initial intervention. Bong Billones, the head of PETA’s School for People’s Theater, and Melvin Lee, the associate artistic director of the company, will show you in a hands-on process how they trains their trainers. Together with you they will explore how their approach might be adapted to your own context. Note: this is a two-day process.