EDI Facilitator Training Information

Facilitator Training Workshop


(Photo by Michael Daniel from the 2014 Institute meeting in Tijuana.)

From April 15-17, 2016 in the Twin Cities, the Institute Facilitator Training Workshop will empower a team of theatre-makers to facilitate conversations advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion within and beyond their theatres. Building on past Institute learnings, this weekend intensive will train participants to navigate the complexities of language and identity, manage conflict and group power dynamics, and build organizational and community commitment toward social change.

The Institute recognized the need for facilitator training when our first Institute cohort participants expressed difficulties in advancing successful conversations at their organizations. The journey from personal commitment to organizational impact lives in our capacity to facilitate change. The Facilitator Training Workshop will build that capacity for the current and future Institute cohorts. The Workshop will be available for one to two staff members per participating Institute theatre, and limited subsidy funds to cover travel and lodging will be available.

Carmen Morgan, the founding director of artEquity and TCG’s Institute partner, will be crafting a curriculum based on artEquity’s approach to facilitator training. Morgan will work closely with Elena Chang, associate director of equity, diversity & inclusion and Gus Schulenburg, director of communications & community engagement, to adapt the curriculum to the unique goals and experiences of the Institute members. The Workshop will provide attendees with:

∙ Clear understanding of their role and social location as a facilitator;
∙ Stronger vocabulary to address issues of equity and inclusion;
∙ Guidelines on how to create an environment conducive for intergroup dialogue;
∙ Skills, strategies, and practice on how to facilitate interpersonal, small, and large group dialogue;
∙ Clarity on core competencies and the role of an effective facilitator; and
∙ Strategies to assess and deescalate tensions around issues of difference.

To better understand the specific goals of the attendees, and to ensure that all Workshop participants have the baseline knowledge necessary for a high-level training, please fill out this short application form by February 26. Email Elena Chang with any questions about the Facilitator Training Workshop.


While there is no cost to participate in the Facilitator Training Workshop, attendees are responsible for covering their hotel and lodging expenses. Subsidy funds are available to cover travel and lodging, with priority given to Theatres of Color and theatres with smaller budgets. The Workshop includes breakfast and lunch, with attendees responsible for their dinners.

TCG has reserved a block of rooms at the Aloft Hotel at the discount rate of $129 a night. Call 1-877-GO-ALOFT and use code TCG-FTW2016 to recieve the discount. The Aloft is located at 900 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415. See the rough schedule below to consider how many nights you'd want to stay, and please reserve before the March 16 deadline.

Transportation Options to Aloft Hotel from St. Paul Airport
Light Rail: You can take the Hiawatha Line – the city’s efficient light rail line.
Trains run every 7-15 minutes and will take you to the Downtown East/Metrodome station, just two blocks from the hotel, in under a half-hour at just $2.25 (and rush hour) or $1.75 (off-peak).
Taxi: Available 24 hours a day and approximately $32-$45 and 15 minute drive to Aloft during non-rush hour times. An Uber ride from the St. Paul Airport to the Aloft runs beteen $50 and $55 dollars.
Super Shuttle: Shared van service for $16 per person. Call (800) 258-3826 for more info or to schedule a pick up.

Transportation to Theatres
The Facilitator Training Workshop will be held at several locations at Penumbra Theatre, Guthrie Theater, and Children's Theatre Company. See the Schedule below for exact addresses.
You may call for a cab in advance at the Front Desk of the ALoft.
Other options include: Uber, Lyft, etc.

Note: The Guthrie is only a 5-minute walk from ALoft.
Theatres are about 10-13 minutes from each other via car.

Aloft also has a complimentary shuttle that you may take within a 5-mile radius of the hotel. Stop by or call the Front Desk at the hotel to find out more on hours of operation and availability.Penumbra and Children’s Theatre, however, do not fall within the 5-mile radius!

Roundtrip flights to the St. Paul Airport currently run from $120 to $438.


Please arrive on time at 8:30am each day for breakfast so that we can ensure a timely start. Lunch will be provided at 12noon each day; dinner is not provided. Friday and Saturday include performances at no cost to participants, and we strongly encourage everyone to attend.

Fri, April 15th: 8:30am breakfast, 9:00am to 5:30pm
@ Penumbra Theatre at the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, the Canteen Room
270 N Kent Street
St. Paul, MN 55102

Day One: The Art of Facilitation
State of the Field
artEquity Facilitator Training Overview
Workshop Overview: Goals, Agenda
Discussion Guidelines
Social Issues Mapping
Facilitator Know Thyself
The Color of Fear

Performance: Sunset Baby at Penumbra Theatre

Sat, April 16th: 8:30am breakfast, 9:00am to 5:30pm
@ Guthrie Theater, Rehearsal Room One
818 S 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Day Two: Your Role as Facilitator
Workshop Overview: Objectives, Agenda
The Color of Fear cont.
Racial Identity Development
Identifying Facilitation Dynamics
Simmering Pot

Performance: Harvey at Guthrie Theater

Sun, April 17th: 8:30am breakfast, 9:00am to 3pm
@ Children’s Theatre Company, the Cohen roomin the McGuire Education Center
2400 3rd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Day Three: Facilitation in Practice
Workshop Overview: Objectives, Agenda
Role of a Facilitator
Facilitation Dynamics
Developing a Common Language
Reflections & Commitments