Theater for change

“Theater for change” is an artistic research project that examines a notion of “freedom” through the drama play “Behind the walls”.

This project is a result of the first “HARMONY Project: Train the Trainer” program, implemented in B&H in 2021.

We believe that positive changes in society are only possible if we first make positive changes within ourselves. By delivering our “Train the trainer” program across the region, both the philosophy and implementation of our mission will spread to communities who need it most.

About the project

 With the application of drama pedagogy methods and elements of applied theater, the project was created to develop empathy, compassion, team building and human rights awareness among the 24 young actors.

Through the play that follows the tragic child abduction case, actors sent a message that compassion, mindful understanding of one’s needs, setting boundaries of media influence and respecting diversity are prerequisites for freedom.

To celebrate the “International Human Rights Day” on December 10th, 2021, the play premiere followed by round table discussion was organized in the city of Tuzla, with an open access to all of the citizens. The play will be available in 2022 and the performance dates may be found on the website of “Savremeno-umjetnicka skola Tuzla” (engl. “Contemporary art school Tuzla”), which, together with “Udruzenje Front Slobode” supported the implementation of this project.

The implementation of this project was supported by the Rotary International (Global Grant), Rotary Club Aarau, Rotary District 1980, Udruzenje “Front Slobode” Tuzla, Pozoriste mladih Tuzle, and NGO SANCHILD.

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How is the Local HARMONY Project created?

HARMONY Project is a platform for education of professionals, designed with the focus on individual well-being, interpersonal connections, and trust-building.

One HARMONY Project starts as the “Train the Trainer” program, where participants (trainees) undergo 7 training modules carefully designed by the international coaches, and results in the Local HARMONY Projects. Each project is designed by one trainee and addresses one issue or an important topic in their local communities, and is implemented by employing their unique skill set, SANCHILD’s values and the HARMONY Project mission to inspire positive changes. Finally, the projects may continue to be improved and implemented in the future, to create “long-lasting ripple effects that positively transform societies”.

About HARMONY Trainee


“When you think about theater as a place to be free, to become aware who you are and who you want to be, to find real values in your life, only then can you accept its magic and power. My goal is to encourage children and young adults in bigger social engagement in their communities and increase their consciousness on art as the mean of rehabilitation and the key element in developing healthy personality.”

Amila Besirovic is an artist, mathematician and performance arts teacher. She holds an MA in Drama arts and Applied theatre. She works in The Contemporary – Art High School Tuzla, as a leader of Drama studio for children and youth in Youth theatre Tuzla, and as a president of Association “Youth of Tuzla”. She plays guitar and loves working with children and youth.


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