Cops in the Head: Rehearsing Courage, Enacting Confidence

Date & Time

Tuesday, 22 May 2018
12:30 to 14:30


Life Sciences Building

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success and the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers

Registration Closed / Past Event



"I could never apply for that kind of job. No one would be interested in my experience. I don’t have any relevant skills."

If this self-talk sounds familiar, consider joining us for this unique, interactive lunch session designed to help graduate students challenge limiting self-perceptions. UBC faculty member Tom Scholte will lead participants through an embodied and interactive process to help you move away from moments when internalized voices of judgement or self-criticism prevent you from following the curiosity and desire of your authentic self. The event is confidential and inclusive of all levels of participation.

About the approach

Conflict Theatre uses forum theatre techniques established by Brazilian activist Augusto Boal (Theatre of the Oppressed), developed by Vancouver’s David Diamond (Theatre for Living), and specifically tailored to the UBC community. Forum theatre is a type of performance that arises from the life of a community and it can be used as a tool to engage with difficult situations. In forum theatre, a play is created by community members during intensive workshops, and performed by them, not professional actors. The play tells a story based on real events. During a performance, the play is presented to an audience, who is then welcomed to intervene in the scenes to explore how the story might play out differently. Through this interactive process, forum theatre provides a unique opportunity to rehearse courage and apply new strategies to real problems.


Tom Scholte

Tom Scholte is a Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at UBC where he teaches acting and directing for stage and screen. He has performed for Equity theatre companies across Canada including Vancouver’s internationally recognized Forum Theatre company, Theatre for Living. His numerous screen credits include a Genie (Canada Screen Awards – Film) nominated performance in the feature film, LAST WEDDING, which opened the Toronto International Film Festival in 2001, and a Gemini (Canada Screen Awards – TV) winning performance on the acclaimed CBC drama series, DA VINCI’S INQUEST. He has published on the use of improvisation in the rehearsal of scripted plays in Canadian Theatre Review. His research on cybernetics in the Stanislavski System of Acting and the theatre as a modeling facility for complex social systems, has been featured in the journals Kybernetes, and Constructivist Foundations and in the book New Horizons for Second-Order Cybernetics from Global Scientific Publishing. Recently, he co-designed an interdisciplinary course at UBC on Wicked Problems in International Community Development.


This event is supported in memory of Dr. Vivien M. Srivastava – first woman to receive a PhD in Zoology at UBC: . We thank them for their generous support of this event.
Funding and support for this session is also provided by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers.

Registration Information

Priority will be given to current UBC graduate students. After registering, you will receive confirmation and additional event details within 2 business days at the e-mail associated with your account. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail us at


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.