Further professional education is one of the main goals of ConnectUp. For this reason various workshop formats are planned during the project period, focusing on techniques and skills in particular fields. The workshops will mainly take place during the festivals and showcases and will be run for the Theatre Mediation Program team by theatre artists who have special skills and specifications. 

Vienna, October 2023

by “Ich bin O.K.” Team – Hana Zanin, Maria Dinold, Dance Assists and dancers of the so-called intensive-class of the “Ich bin O.K.” Studio.

This workshop demonstrates an example of inclusive team teaching. The instructing team consists of dance educators, advanced dancers and dance assists (dancers with a disability who have completed the “dance assist” training of the “Ich bin O.K.” association).

Thematically, the workshop will be based on the performance “Tabula Rasa”. Based on our “O.K.”-artistic and educational concept, participants are invited to engage in creative, playful interaction using the means of dance theater.

SPEAKING TUBES, MEGAPHONES, FLÜSTERTÜTEN A performance workshop by Sylvi Kretzschmar

What do we fight for and what do we fail at? What keeps us from giving up? What is the hope machine that drives us? The workshop is dedicated to the megaphone as an object and material of resistance. The megaphone stands for deMonstrations, political conflict and activism in urban space. But also for warning, instruction and command. What performative, sculptural and musical possibilities does it hold? How can we use megaphones as musical instruments, rhythm machines, and moveable samplers? Can they become body extensions and starting points for choreographies? Do megaphones have an agency of their own that gets us moving and talking to each other?

Derby, July 2023

By Kristian Nødtvedt Knudsen, Associate Professor (P.hd.) in Theatre. 

The purpose of the workshop is to broaden the understanding of the role of the theatre mediator. What kinds of social and artistic practices can be created in the crossover between theatre, mediation, and different target groups? The workshop will have a strong focus on creative and embodied approaches to the inquiry and through different exercises and discussions, the participants will explore aspects and potential paradoxes of working as a theatre mediator.

By Simon Marshall (playwright)

During this workshop, we will use creative writing techniques and content generation exercises, to help share skills on how to build plays with young people. We’ll look for treasure together, and work on ways you can encourage young people to take ownership in developing their own writing and performance work.
By Julia Samuels and Ameera Conrad

How do you encourage young people to find and use their voices, politically and creatively? And how does that work when the voices in the room are different to each other? What is your role as an artist/facilitator in a process of co-creation with young people? And how do you create an environment which is safe yet allows them to take risks?

Through a range of practical exercises, and discussion activities, these questions and more will be explored by Julia Samuels (former AD of 20SH, with more than 25 years of experience of making work collaboratively with young people) and Ameera Conrad (20SH Associate Director and currently co-creating 20SH Youth Theatre show ‘Are you out there world?’)

By Benjamin Wilson

This workshop will be an introduction to the more creative and artistically satisfying ways of providing access to blind and visually  impaired audiences.
 How to move away from traditional audio description in order to reach new audiences and add extra creative depths to your work through the exciting and creative tool of audio  description. Adding new layers to your work which will not only make your work more accessible but benefit the storytelling  for all audiences.

Milan, May 2022

by Caroline Barth, Derby Theatre

A practical exploration of hot-seating – a simple technique that can be used to deepen an actor’s understanding of their role or flesh out a group’s appreciation of a fictional or historical character.  It is also great for developing questioning skills. Please be prepared to occupy…the hot seat!

By Ada Marie S. Tayao and Norberto Portales (PETA)

PETA’s Integrated Theater Arts Approach combines group dynamics, creative dance and
movement, creative sound and music, visual arts, creative writing, and creative drama into one fun-filled workshop.
The Integrated Theater Arts is the company’s creative approach in all its workshops and training for children, young people, and adults from different sectors tackling different advocacies and issues surrounding them. Filled with games and exercises, these workshops aim to nurture and enrich each participant’s imagination. It aims to inspire individuals to have self-confidence, self-appreciation and appreciation of others, nature and culture while fostering critical thinking and collaboration.

Duration: 3 hours

by compagnia rodisio, directed by Manuela Capece and Davide Doro

compagnia rodisio proposed a moment of work, sharing and exploration around the biennial project Cross the Line, which will develop between 2022 and 2023. Cross the Line is a research, education and theatrical project for teens and young people. It is a shared creative process between Theatre and Architecture.
Line. Limit. Border. Conflict.
Go beyond. Go over. Cross. Language
Gender. Origin.
Social identity. Expectation. Chance.
When does a line become a limit? What does mean crossing that limit? What does mean crossing that line? Can the line be a protection? Can we see the limits around us?
Are the external constructions reflected within us? The walls outside are repeated inside?

Duration: 2 hours

EQUAL / UNEQUAL – IN/EQUALITY (Idea: Attila Zanin)
By Ich bin ok, With Hana Zanin, Maria Dinold and Eva Török
Specially featuring the cooperative work with DANCE ASSISTS (with learning disability)
Dance Assists: Alex Stuchlik, Sophie Waldstein and Niklas Kern

The Intention of the workshop was to give an introduction into an approach for inclusive dance and theater pedagogy. The artists of the inclusive dance theatre group Ich bin ok. gave supportive instructions how to deal with heterogeneous groups of individuals with and without disabilities when improvising and/or choreographing a piece as well as raising the interest of a young audience for participation in such performances; theoretical background and practical skills.

Duration: 3 hours


by Kristian Nødtvedt Knudsen (Associate professor in Theatre at The University of Agder), in Milano May 2022

Being able to perform and express oneself in social media and to reflect in diverse and varied ways are crucial in today’s media-dominated culture. However, engaging with social media requires the user to handle a high level of communicative complexity, which can be challenging to master. The war in Ukraine has also shown, how communication on social media platforms is a crucial part of creating and communicating the narratives of the different parties.
This workshop set out to explore the crossover between social media and drama/theatre in education. With a particular focus on, how to implement strategies from social media into working with drama/theatre and young people, and thereby creating platforms for critical reflection.

Duration: 2 hours

Porto, October 2021


by Ava Hunt, Derby University in Porto October 2021

One of the main approaches of Connect Up is to contribute that different groups of society actively (artistically) meet and gaining a better understanding of the “Life of the Others“. Thereby outcome categories are addressed like: Enjoyment, Intensity, Respect, Acceptance, Empathy, New People or Confidence. The generic term for these categories is “wellbeing”. To measure this, connect up refers to the proven method of WEMWBS, which each partner will conduct on selected groups for their productions, workshops and co-creations and determines whether the “wellbeing score” changes during the process. The WEMWBS are to be completed online and available in different languages.