Working with Racism

Race – Acknowledging The Elephant in the Room

Identifying and exploring racial differences that hinder open communication in the workplace through a series of improvisation games.

The workplace is an environment cobbled together with people from all backgrounds and walks of life. In South Africa these are more differentiated along race lines, and this brings with it a set of unique and complicated challenges.

We want to start having the uncomfortable conversation. We want to go to that dangerous place safely.

In a strictly facilitated workshop that focusses on games that encourage listening, sharing, creativity and team work we want to start exploring the huge differences that separate us before we move the narrative to a space where there is the possibility for honesty and common ground.

We believe that white and black colleagues have such radically different experiences. Black people are generally silent about their situations and only occasionally express their point of view politically. White people are generally ignorant of their inherent and structural privilege. There is a lot of very sensitive work to be done. Let’s start.

Brett Anderson is a facilitator, improviser, writer and community leader. He is deeply interested in finding ways to bridge the race divide.

Megan Furniss is a theatre maker, improviser, educator and writer. She has spent years performing improv, teaching improv and running improv workshops in the corporate environment.

Brett and Megan have been improvising and collaborating for almost 15 years. Both share a passion for the liberating and positive power of improv, and a commitment to making South Africa a beautiful, healthy place, improv game by improv game.

We offer a three hour session, made up of a series of facilitated games, that take participants to a new, positive space in which understanding and expressing becomes easy and liberating.

Our sessions can be tailor made to suit the demographics of your group. We are also very excited to facilitate workshops with groups made up of only white people, giving us the freedom to tackle the questions of white privilege and structural racism head on.