Frédérique LeComte is the founder and main facilitator of the Theatre and Reconciliation method. She is a sociologist, writer and stage director from Belgium. She is an expert in rebuilding traumatised and conflicted communities, organising theatre workshops and performances both with and for the community in war areas all over the world.
In these areas, Frédérique creates a safe space where everyone is free to speak – victims of torture, torturers, people displaced and prisoners alike. She aims to use theatre to discuss issues such as justice, trauma, elections, land and ethnic conflicts. In Belgium, she works with prisoners, psychiatric patients, diasporas, illegal migrants and asylum seekers. Frédérique also offers training and conferences about Theatre and Reconciliation for NGOs, associations and individuals.
Théâtre et Reconciliation
For the past 20 years Theatre & Reconciliation has created productions with actors from vulnerable and marginalised communities including those from conflict zones, diasporas, prisoners, torture victims, drug addicts and asylum seekers.
Theatre is used as a means of reconciliation, gives confidence and a voice to those who have none. It also used theatre as a means of healing wounds, aiding understanding and makes the theatre a place of transformation, awareness and reconciliation for both audience and actor.
The method used is based on a creative workshop with untrained actors who share their histories. The theatre is both a place of representation and transformation.