Conflict Theatre uses the situation and tools of the theatre to explore and constructively engage with workplace conflict. The fall performance, on Oct. 8, will present a play based on real-world, workplace conflict. After the play, there will be facilitated discussion and resource sharing for further support.
The plays are created and performed by UBC faculty and staff participating in the Rehearsing Conflict workshop series (June 13-20). Members of the UBC community have come together to share and act out stories of conflict in order to find solutions, challenge assumptions, and build understanding.
Our free workshop performance will involve reflection on the difficult conversations we can face in the workplace, and there will be space for interactive community dialogue. As a forum theatre performance, there will be an invitation to audience members to take part in the action if they choose, but all participation is voluntary. Together, we will consider how we can move through blockages to authentic and productive communication during workplace conflict.
The Rehearsing Conflict workshop series, June 13-20, 2019, is a free professional development opportunity for faculty and staff who want to explore and practice new strategies for difficult conversations, strengthen emotional intelligence, and increase resilience when conflict occurs in the workplace.
Using the situation and tools of theatre, participants will play out real stories of conflict from our community and apply new strategies to change outcomes. All UBC employees are welcome to apply.
How does your team handle conflict? In challenging situations, we could all use more tools. Conflict Theatre@UBC supports UBC employees in developing the skills, embodied knowledge, and attitudes to approach conflict constructively and authentically. Through a variety of customizable activities and exercises, Conflict Theatre programming can help build self-awareness, relationship management skills, and the courage to face conflict. Choose from performances, skill building sessions, and intensives that suit your team or unit.
Conflict Theatre uses techniques to practice constructive engagement with conflict and gain the courage we need to do so. The program is a collaboration between Human Resources and the Department of Theatre and Film.