Iwan Brioc


I co-create with communities of all kinds opportunities to combine participative arts and mindfulness to promote well-being and dialogue.

The method I've developed over 25 years of working in applied theatre and intercultural youth work is called Context Oriented Theatre.

Context Oriented Theatre is an approach that applies the looking-glass of theatre to the complex problems of today and creates a dynamic platform for personal, organisational and social transformation.

Iwan Brioc has 5 references for past work as a trainer.

Iwan Brioc

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Current occupation

Director of Research and Pratice

Work experience

Oversee practice of European network of artists who are developing together Context Oriented Theatre. Facilitate workshops, deliver training and direct productions in collaboration with other institutions e.g..Yr Urdd (awarded Cultural Youth Project Award 2012); School of Psychology, Bangor University; Sherman Theatre, Cardiff and the annual network production - The Conference of the Birds (www.theconferenceofthebirds.org)

Training, lecturing, facilitating conferences, workshops and projects in Theatre of the Oppressed practices and other participatory organizational methods such as Open Space
Technology. Short term contracts with theatre companies and youth organisations to deliver engagement programs.

Fundraised, managed and delivered large scale projects from multiple funding sources employing over 100 artists and volunteers from several different cultures.

One of the most experienced Theatre of the Oppressed practitioners in the world; working
with all kinds of issues, with all kinds of groups internationally. Training trainers in
Rainbow of Desires, Legislative Theatre, Forum Theatre and Image Theatre. Facilitate
Open Space Technology conferences. Guest lecturer in applied theatre (e.g. Universities -
Bangor, Aberystwyth, Trinity, Manchester, Porto, Sofia).

Originator of a new field of applied theatre called Context Oriented Theatr now being used
by companies in several European countries. Directed over 50 theatre performances,
mostly in the methodology of Sensory Labyrinth Theatre, which I developed as an applied
theatre for working with communities. Won Creative Wales Award in 2006 for work on
Sensory Labyrinth Theatre. “Rites of Passage” training for young people presented as
example of good practice by youth agencies of Bulgaria and UK in Athens Youth Congress
in 2006.

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Educational pathway

2004 - 2010 School of Psychology, Bangor University, Wales
MA in Mindfulness Based Approaches to Health (with Merit)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy –
Foundation, Research and Teaching basic and Advanced modules. Qualified to teach Mindfulness in Schools .b curriculum and .b foundations for teachers.

1994 - 1995 Worcester College of Higher Education
Title of qualification awarded Certificate in Dramatherapy
One Year Foundation in range of Dramatherapy approaches

Dates 1989 - 1991 The Open University
BA Degree in Humanities (180 points towards)
The Enlightenment (Foundation), Working with Young People (Level 2), Social
Psychology (Level 3 – Merit).

1984 - 1986 University of Wales, Newport
HND in Film and Television Design
General vocational training in film and television production including professional

Fields of training expertise

  • (advanced) Bullying & Harassment
  • (advanced) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (advanced) Change Management
  • (advanced) Citizenship Education
  • (advanced) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (expert) Communication Skills
  • (advanced) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (expert) Creativity & Art
  • (advanced) Crisis Management
  • (advanced) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (expert) Drama & Theatre
  • (intermediate) Environment & Ecology
  • (advanced) Equal Opportunities
  • (advanced) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (advanced) Event Management
  • (advanced) Financial Management
  • (advanced) Fundraising
  • (advanced) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (advanced) Global Education
  • (expert) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (advanced) Health & Prevention
  • (advanced) Human Rights
  • (expert) Intercultural Learning
  • (expert) International Youth Work
  • (intermediate) Labour Rights & Employment
  • (advanced) Leadership Development
  • (expert) Lobbying & Advocacy
  • (intermediate) New Information Technologies
  • (expert) Open Space Technology
  • (intermediate) Organizational Management
  • (beginner) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (intermediate) Peace Education
  • (advanced) People Management & Cooperation
  • (expert) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (advanced) Project Management
  • (beginner) Public Relations & Marketing
  • (beginner) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (advanced) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (intermediate) Time Management
  • (expert) Training of Trainers
  • (beginner) Valorisation of Projects (DEOR)
  • (beginner) Volunteer Programmes
  • (expert) Youth Exchanges
  • (beginner) Youth Information Work
  • (expert) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (intermediate) Youth Policy
  • (intermediate) Youth Violence & Criminality
  • (intermediate) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (beginner) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (beginner) Erasmus+ (KA3) Youth Policy Meetings
  • (beginner) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (beginner) Erasmus+ (lifelong learning, non-youth)

Working with specific target groups

  • (advanced) Children
  • (beginner) Families
  • (beginner) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (expert) Intercultural Teams
  • (expert) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (advanced) Men's Issues & Groups
  • (intermediate) Minorities
  • (beginner) Religious Youth Groups
  • (beginner) Women's Issues & Groups
  • (intermediate) Young People in/from Conflict Areas
  • (advanced) Young People with a Mental Disability
  • (intermediate) Young People with a Physical Disability
  • (intermediate) Young People with a Sensory Disability

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (intermediate) Eastern Europe and Caucasus
  • (expert) European Cooperation
  • (beginner) Global Cooperation
  • (beginner) Latin America
  • (expert) South East Europe

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English

Other languages

Welsh (why is this not on the drop down menu)

Trainer references

  • Juggling Water

    Awaiting validation (requested 2018-01-06)
    The training activity took place
    in Aberystwyth, Wales, UK
    organised by Theatr Cynefin
    27/06/2011 - 03/07/2011
  • Metamorfoza

    Awaiting validation (requested 2018-12-31)
    The training activity took place
    in Belgrade, Serbia
    organised by UG RAFT
  • Free Our Mind

    Validated (2022-06-04)
    The training activity took place
    in Kloogaranna, Estonia
    organised by MTÜ FOORUMTEATER
    4/12/2011 - 12/12/2011
    Reference person

    Nikolai Kunitson

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  • Juggling Water 2012

    Awaiting validation (requested 2018-07-01)
    The training activity took place
    in Aberystwyth
    organised by Theatr Cynefin
    14-20 July 2012
  • Building Dynamic Platforms for Transformation

    Awaiting validation (requested 2017-01-08)
    The training activity took place
    in Cardiff
    organised by Theatr Cynefin
    17-25 October 2013

This profile was last modified on 2017-01-09

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