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Programme|Italy, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Poland, Ireland|EU level

Recognition of the Social Theatre Operator as a professional to tackle the Risk of social Exclusion

Project title


Description of initiative

Restore project wants to tell about other possibilities of using theatre through European methodologies and approaches. Based on these premises, the project intends to promote cooperation and exchange of good practices at European level and intends to make use of the advantage of the European Union’s transparency and recognition tools to increase training opportunities and employment possibilities for professionals working in the field of Social Theatre. In particular, the specific objectives of the project are:
- to encourage the dissemination of Social and Community Theatre as an effective means of social inclusion for adults with learning difficulties
- to strengthen cooperation and facilitate the exchange of good practices in the field of informal education among the organisations taking part in the project
- to define a process of recognition and standardisation of the SOCIAL THEATRE OPERATOR profession at European Union level, a new professional figure declined in terms of knowledge, competences and skills

The main target groups of the project can be identified on different levels Non-profit organisations supporting different groups of disadvantaged adult learners working Professional adult educators and volunteers working in the field of Social and Community Theatre Groups at high risk of social exclusion and segregation such as migrants, disabled people, prisoners, ethnic minorities, former drug addicts, NEETs, etc. Artists working in the field of fragility, hardship, in contexts of social and cultural margins
The most important tangible results of the project are three Intellectual Outputs: 1) The description of the professional profile of the Social Theatre Operator according to EU standards; 2) The standardisation of Social Theatre Operator training; 3) Methodological indications for the validation, recognition and certification of the profession at national level. These three outcomes, which are closely interlinked, were promoted and disseminated through four Multiplier Events, including a major closing event in San Patrignano (Coriano, Italy), preceded by a preview in Rome. Four Joint Staff Training Events were organised in the associated countries to promote skills development and the sharing of good practices: Peer-to-Peer Learning Workshops (in Italy, Portugal and Poland) to share good practice in training and working with disadvantaged groups of adult learners; Pilot courses were organised to test and validate the training in some of the project partner countries, which were followed by a work-based learning experience, so that each student made a theatre workshop targeting different categories and groups of disadvantaged learners. A great closing event took place on 29 October 2022 at the Community of San Patrignano, one of the symbolic places of the whole project, preceded by a preview on 6 October 2022 at the University of Roma Tre, organised by Oltre le Parole onlus, leader of the European project.

Further information on the initiative

Themes: Culture and...

Community well-being
Mental health
Physical health
Quality of social relations
Quality of services for specific groups


well-being, art, creativity, theatre

Target group

Not targeted to a specific group

Cultural field

Other | Theatre, opera




2019 - 2022

Sources of funding

Erasmus Plus

Results, benefits, impact and lessons learnt

A total of about eighty students received training and six hundred to eight hundred participants in fragile or disadvantaged conditions from different categories were directly involved in this project. There are dozens of materials produced by the project, both as documents and as videos, manuals and outputs. We recommend viewing the website for details, particularly at this page:


Oltre le Parole
NGO / Non-profit | Culture


Roma Tre University
Public / State | Culture
Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality
NGO / Non-profit | Culture