Theatre-in-Action uses interactive, participatory theatre as a tool for bullying prevention, conflict transformation, and social justice education. Based in Burlington, Vermont, Theatre-in-Action works with schools, social service agencies, and community organizations to explore, act, reflect, and transform their world.
“You have made an impact on all of us and I want you to know that. For me myself you gave me way more confidence and I’m not scared anymore. I hope you can come back!” – Linsey, 5th grade
Theatre-in-Action Programs include:
Anti-Oppression Workshops: Unlearn racism, homophobia, ageism, able-ism, sexism and other forms of oppression.
Bullying Prevention Workshops: Our signature drama-integrated bullying prevention program is available for 9-week, 12-week, or custom-designed residencies. Using interactive storytelling and performance techniques, participants build a toolbox of bullying prevention skills from their own experiences and perspectives. Age range: Grades k -12 / Educators, Administrators, School Staff
Devised Theatre & Playbuilding Workshops: Creatively express yourself through dramatic storytelling! Learn the craft of playbuilding by brainstorming, creating, and performing original, issue-based plays. Available in full-day, multi-day, week-long, or multi-week sessions. Possible themes for exploration may include: high school social pressures, immigration/refugee rights, cultural competency, trans* and queer rights, women’s rights, workplace conflicts. Post-performance discussions and/or workshops can expand on themes presented. Age range: 12 – Adult.
Conflict Resolution, Team-Building, Leadership Training: Collaborate with your group in team-building activities for conflict management and action-based problem-solving. Together, your group will learn drama techniques to focus on collective issues or roadblocks to success while unleashing your creative selves to strategize alternatives.
Identity & Empowerment Workshops: These stand-alone or multi-session workshops utilize drama strategies with at-risk and marginalized populations to investigate and define participants’ desires, needs, feelings, assumptions, and collective vision in order to find solidarity, healing, and empowerment. Possible participants might include: homeless and runaway youth, GLBTQA-identified youth and adults, women in crisis, refugees, incarcerated youth and adults, people with disabilities.
“Theatre-in-Action taught me how to stand up for myself.”
Theatre-in-Action Project Partners
Vermont Adult Learning
Vermont Association of Middle Level Educators
Charlotte Central School
Integrated Arts Academy, Burlington
Helen Day Art Center, Stowe
St. Albans Town Educational Center
Rose Street Artists’ Cooperative, Burlington
Camp Outright at Outright Vermont