13. – 17. November 2023

Participatory theatre for building dialogue

The crucial role of narrative traditions in fostering strong and sustainable communities by bringing people together.

When: 13-17 November 2023 (5 days) from 9:00 to 17:30 daily

Where: Arbeitnehmer-Zentrum Königswinter (AZK), Johannes-Albers-Allee 3, Königswinter, Germany

Language: English

Price: 800 € including materials, lunch and coffee/tea

Early Bird: 720 when booking before 4 September 2023

Additional Costs: Costs for Accommodation, additional meals and travel have to be covered by the participant.

Registration Deadline: 15 October 2023

Due to technical difficulties, the system currently reports in some cases during the registration that the course is fully booked.
But there are still places available in this training. If you encounter this problem, please contact us: academy@forumzfd.de.

Who can register for this course?

The thematic training is designed for social workers, peacebuilders, community leaders and experts working with conflicts. The training is an introduction to theater methods. No previous experience in this field is necessary.

Depending on methods and topic of the training, we limit the number of available spaces to a manageable size (a maximum of 16 participants). Register early to reserve your place! 


This training combines theory, practice, and reflection about yourself and the topic. Participants will examine their stereotypes and beliefs, tell personal stories, make body practices, acting exercises, work with the voice, develop creativeness, intuition, spontaneity.

Particular attention will be paid to group rituals that create a sense of community, a safe space to raise sensitive, uncomfortable topics, to express yourself, to be honestly interested in those around you.

The course will provide an overview of three participatory theater methods: Documentary Theater, Playback Theater, and Theater of the Oppressed. By intensively trying out the three methods, the participants will have the opportunity to gain a deep insight into how these methods work. By the end of the course, participants will have a solid foundation in each of the three methods and will be able to choose the right method for their work with communities and for a further, more in-depth development.


The main objective is to explore three theatrical methods, elements of which can be incorporated in the activities of specialists who work with different communities that are in crisis and in conflict, and specialists who have a peacebuilding mission of restoring communities after traumatic events. The training is intended to give participants a first insight into the three theater methods. Participants can use the exercises and approaches working with groups in their own activities.

Key Concepts

  • Documentary Theatre
  • Playback Theatre
  • Theatre of the Oppressed
  • A model for building inclusive spaces (theory of Narrative Reticulation) and preventing discrimination
  • Actors training


During the training, various methods are practiced, including:

  • Creative interaction between participants e.g. with bodywork practices
  • (Improvisation) exercises and performing
  • Practice ways to develop empathy and active listening
  • Storytelling
  • Journaling and group sharing

The entire training is a model for how to engage people from diverse backgrounds in collective action by listening to each other, in the spirit of sharing and celebrating differences.

After a successful participation, participants receive a certificate.

Application: Please apply for this training online via our website by 15 October 2023. We will then contact you for the next steps. Please note that the number of available spaces per training is limited, and that your participation in the training is only guaranteed if the course fee is paid in time. Early registration is highly encouraged.

Visa: Participants from outside the EU will need a visa to enter Germany. We can generally support the visa process with a formal invitation letter from our side. Be advised that it takes a significant amount of time to get the visa processed, so be sure to start the process 8 weeksbefore the training start. Please make sure you are eligible and check the specific requirements and usual timeline for processing with your local German embassy. The responsibility for obtaining the visa lies with each of the participants themselves.

Register bindingly for this training.

Early Bird: 720 € when booking before 4 September 2023, Normal Price: 800 €