ecumenical Theatre in the pHilippines
My name is Colleen and I’m a student
in my 3rd year studying for a Bachelor
of Science in Social Work. I’m also a proud member of the Teatro Ekyumenikal (Ecumenical Theatre) group
here in the Philippines.
Teatro Ekyumenikal, or TE, is a cultural theatre group that uses the dramatic arts to bring young people together to talk about the issues of peace and justice.
Colleen (centre) with her fellow colleagues on stage.
Teatro Ekyumenikal has exposed me and many other youths to new perspectives in the world. We learn acting skills and get training in leadership and community building. I’ve met people from lots of other denominations. It’s a very uniting experience and teaches us how to respect other people and accept them simply for who they are.
We are now preparing to perform “Dam Dam Dam” – a play highlighting the devastating impact of mining and climate change on indigenous communities. I will play a priestess or healer in the pre-colonial period. The play highlights the plight of the indigenous population and their right to ancestral land and selfdetermination. They feel that they have not been treated as people and that large scale projects like dams can take people’s identity away. The indigenous people have a system for taking care of the land, with these projects they question who this development is actually for.
My time with TE has changed my life. It’s given me an advanced understanding of the lives of marginalised people. It’s a privilege to be a voice for the voiceless. With TE, we are really thankful that we can look past the divisions of religion and work with others to influence society. Our members are committed and passionate; to live for others is the best thing and your support for our work goes a long way.
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Teatro Ekyumenikal is a cultural theatre group established in 2010 by Act for Peace’s partner – the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP). The theatre group helps to strengthen interfaith dialogue and brings young people together to talk about issues of peace and justice. Youth groups from different faiths come together to perform for their communities and discuss their common concerns, challenges and hopes for the future.
Teatro Ekyumenikal has performed in front of government officials, church leadership, the ACT Alliance and on the street for the public. Their message is spreading far and wide and the group has been invited to perform at Christian conferences in South Korea, Indonesia and Germany.
Working on a small budget, the TE group started performing in 2010. It seeks to not only be a voice to the voiceless but to encourage peaceful activism within the wider church.
Teatro Ekyumenikal has performed in the Philippines, South Korea and Indonesia.
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