Arts Worker / Forum Theatre
Maysoun Bouga is a skilled community arts professional with extensive international experience. She combines her passion for human nature and culture with a passionate love of the arts - developing and implementing grassroots community theatre projects that help individuals and communities explore and heal past wounds for a happier present and future.
Maysoun has studied in the fields of psychology, anthropology and human resource management and brings her own colorful experience of a multicultural upbringing to her work with diverse communities. She has assisted and coordinated projects with indigenous and marginalised communities in Australia, India and Malaysia.
She is currently learning various theatre forms and techniques and at the same time focused on initiating and developing community arts projects, Theatre of the Oppressed workshops and festivals in Australia and Southeast Asia.
Maysoun's previous training includes:
- community work with an internship at Athma Shakti Vidyalaya, a psychotherapeutic community for people diagnosed with chronic psychiatric disorder.
- leadership training with Adventure West Kimberley Intensive Management/Leadership Program and individual counseling with Studyworklive Pty Ltd and Millennium Recruitment Services Pty Ltd in Australia and India.
She undertook Forum theatre and workshop facilitation training in 2008 with RRaft Educators, and in 2010 she collaborated on a project in rural south India with 'untouchables' grassroots NGO 'Deepam Trust', employing Theatre of the Oppressed as a primary methodology, and became committed to her current path of combining social outreach and theatre.
Maysoun went on to join UK NGO Reboot the Roots (previously Fallen Leaves UK) continue this work in Malaysia.Where she participated and co-facilitated the first Kuala Lumpur MAP Forum theatre festival and various social outreach programs using theatre of the oppressed as a tool for social inclusion and the democratization of art. She recently participated in Janasanskriti Muktadhara V - International Forum Theatre Festival 2012, a 3 weeks training and celebration of Theatre of the Oppressed in action by practitioners from around the world in India.
Her personal goal is to establish vibrant, powerful and constantly evolving methodologies for sharing skills and celebrating the diversity and universality of the human experience.