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The El Hakawati Theatre works diligently to produce theatrical works, shows, tours, festivals, and trainings that target a wide variety of the Palestinian society every year. Those works and activities present multiple social issues to the audience, putting them under investigation that aims to reshape the audience’s perception for them, in addition to relying on modern resources to reproduce the Palestinian Folklore.

The El-Hakwati allows its network of friends and donors to be a part of its artistic and cultural message in Palestine in general, and in Jerusalem in particular.

Donors are allowed to donate and support one certain activity or a number of activities within the Theatre’s main programmes as follows:

Shows with10,000 audience members yearly
Theatre Shows attended by 30,000 students
Workshops with 150 youth participants
Community Activities for 6,000 participants

Supporting Workshops and Trainings

The El Hakawati Theatre designs and executes tens of trainings and workshops for its local audience in Jerusalem and Palestine all the time.

Supporting the trainings and the workshops that the Theatre runs follows a faith that theatre is not only an entertainment platform, but also a platform that raises the intellectual and cultural level of the Palestinian people, and a supporter of the national act that carries the Palestinian people’s cause, along with its humanitarian message and identity all the way to the world.

The El Hakawati Theatre’s staff work hard to present a variety of workshops and trainings in the field of theatre shows, some which take place inside the halls of the theatres, and some which take place in different cities in Jerusalem by working with various institutes and artistic groups, in addition to a large number of artists.

The workshops vary to include a larger group of amateur and professional actors, female and male teachers from schools, kindergartens, and nurseries, and individuals who wish to become drama teachers. The Theatre holds more than 5 main types of trainings and workshops which all finish by presenting a theatre show inside or outside the theatre that reaches to the marginalized areas in Jerusalem and Palestine. Those shows usually include 10 children theatre shows, and 10 other shows held throughout the year, in addition to multiple activities, musical shows, graduations ceremonies, and plays for school students.

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These workshops are held either before or after a theatre show that is presented by theatre members to students, and ranges between 20-60 minutes, joining both parties as key participants. These workshops are considered a platform for students to express their opinions and thoughts freely in regard to the theme of the play. Those workshops differ from show to another, but still resemble in method, which usually consists of 3 major parts: First, questions and answers, second, theatre games that audience participates in from their seats, third, discussing the play and its context, which includes inviting students to the front where they can perform an improvisation with the participating actors.

These are a series of workshops that were specifically designed to give the youth an opportunity to form and express their personal opinions, to stimulate their imagination, and share their dreams, fears, and hopes. Those workshops are basically dependent on drama workshops, and animation workshops.

The theatre prepares for and executes specialized drama workshops that target children aged 9-12 years, and youth aged 13-16 years. Each workshop holds around 15-20 participants, and is distributed on 18 meetings, 3 hours each, for six days a week to conclude fully in 3 weeks.

These workshops allow the participants to focus on and experience discipline by participating in an intensive, unremitting activity to produce a short theatrical play at the end of each workshop, to be presented to the families and friends of the participants. Each workshop is unique in signification, as it is shaped to imitate the participants’ inspirations and thoughts, which makes every workshop a special project that carries out special and different results.

The theatre specializes unique workshops for school teachers that focus on using storytelling and drama as a teaching method. These workshops target female and male teachers of all teaching levels, and are organized in cooperation with specialized departments of the Ministry of Education and Ministry of culture.

Awareness raising seminars for teaching staffs, school administrators, and department heads are held in shade of these workshops to support and encourage theatre work, and recruit it in school life and Palestinian lifestyle in general.

The greatest achievement of the Teachers’ workshops was the publication of a brochure that encompasses the different activities and trainings of teachers by “Ayyam Al Masrah” partner institution, in order to best recruit it in the educational process for all different groups.

The El Hakawati theatre was able to develop a specialized curriculum to train female and male drama teachers within a year. This programme targets individuals who work in theatre to help them recruit drama in their work with children. The programme focuses on acting, talent, and artistic skills on one side, and on providing the participants with the needed skills, trainings, and tools that are guaranteed to attain best results with children, on the other side, regardless the children’s different needs and backgrounds.

The training guarantees a comprehensive experience for the participants by debating the skills that a child could obtain, and the best methods to achieve them by involving the child as an artist who becomes a part of the theatrical production. This involvement ensures the child affects and is affected by the mutual knowledge, when indulged in the field of drama.