HealthWorks Theatre

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This presentation is from "Acting Up - Using Theater & Technology for Social Change," at DePaul's School for New Learning's Distance Education Program - Summer 2010. The instructor is Tom Tresser - see http://tomsclasses.wordpress.com.

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HealthWorks Theatre

  1. 1. Valerie Silk Teen Program Proposal
  2. 2. <ul><li>HealthWorks Theatre is an educational outreach theatre company whose mission is to work with communities to address critical health and social issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Our inaugural show was entitled The Wizard of A.I.D.S. ( Aware Individuals Deserving Survival). This show was the catapult for us educating large audiences about social issues that affect the LBGT community. </li></ul><ul><li>(www.healthworkstheatre.org) </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>We want to create a teen program, in conjunction with our adult actors, that will inspire teenagers to be activists. </li></ul><ul><li>If we can start teaching kids at a younger age to promote acceptance of people regardless of obvious and implied differences, we can start making a difference in shifting ideas around discriminatory thoughts. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The outcome of a study in England using the RIPPLE (Randomized Intervention of Pupil-Peer Led sex Education) Study did lean toward the youth wanting to know more about sex in conditions of heterosexual terms; however, those who did ask questions about homosexuality were geared to morality, homophobic tendencies and even those asking for help since they had nowhere to turn. </li></ul><ul><li>By only focusing on the moral component of same-sex relationships, students will ultimately not be armed with the education necessary to protect themselves from harm that can come from unprotected and unsafe sex. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a great need to openly discuss the variances in gender identity and sexuality in a healthy and realistic manner. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>We want our teenagers to learn how to promote positive messages </li></ul><ul><li>We wish to have our teenagers in this program act, produce and plan all aspects of how to make a theatrical production happen. </li></ul><ul><li>We will call our teenage program “workOUTwizards”. In our first year, we will limit enrollment to fifteen (15) teenagers. </li></ul><ul><li>The three-part name of the teenage group was derived from our name, our outreach mission, and as homage to the first show that we produced, The Wizard of A.I.D.S . </li></ul>
  6. 6. Our current production, Break it Down , addresses many of the issues that teenagers face today. Each of our four adult actors will have one teenager partnered with them. The adult actors will take the lead on leading the discussion through the script, and the script will be divided so that each teenager can contribute fully to conveying the message in their portion of the show
  7. 7. <ul><li>The two teenagers that are partnered with the Stage Manager will learn the ins and outs of managing the group of people on the stage and the general order of the production. </li></ul><ul><li>This will include how the lights work, what props need to be on stage and when, and also how to direct the groups on and off the stage at the appropriate times during the show. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>There will be three teenagers partnered with our Wardrobe Assistant. </li></ul><ul><li>It will be the mission of these three individuals to create costumes that the actors will be wearing. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>These two individuals will work closely with the House Manager in order to ensure that proper seating is in place for the audience, that there are enough programs for the audience, and that all guests are enthusiastically greeted and welcomed to the show. </li></ul>These teenagers will be involved in the design of the informational flyer that will be sent out to advertise the program, and they will also ensure that the mailing gets completed.
  10. 10. <ul><li>The importance of this show is for the kids to learn how to be an advocate, so part of their mission will be to invite as many of their friends and family to the final show. </li></ul><ul><li>We want them to feel a sense of shifting a person’s viewpoint, from how a person speaks of an individual who expresses themselves outside of normal gender roles to a person who has been diagnosed with HIV. If the kids can feel proud of their production with their family and friends in the audience, then we will know we have succeeded at our mission with the kids. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umF1M7wGiCc </li></ul>

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