Paramount to ActingOut are the audience-interactive, issue-oriented improvisation performances offered to schools and the community. ActingOut has performed for ages from pre-school to adult. Since the work focuses on improvisation, programs are customized to meet the needs of any audience. Any setting from classroom to stage can be utilized.
Our Style of Theatre
All performances are interactive, some more than others. Audience members may be asked to share stories, experiences, moments, opinions, questions about the subject matter of any of the pieces. Audience members may also be asked to participate in a warm-up exercise. Playback Theatre is a style of performance where the company of actors will ask for audience member stories or moments which the company will then play back for them using movement, sound, music and images. Image Theatre is a format where the company will share some of their own expressions and explorations on a particular topic or words associated with a topic using tableaus and images. Forum Theatre is a style of structured improv theatre where the company has created a framework for a main character to experience different oppressive angles of a particular topic. After the piece is concluded, the audience is invited to suggest ways for the actors to replay certain moments to see if the negative outcome could be avoided.
Structure of a Performance
Warm-up (in Playback or Forum Theatre pieces)
Question and Answer Period
Available Performances in Repertory this Fall and Spring:
Inspiring Hope: Stories of Breakthrough or Resolution while Facing Life’s Challenges
Using Playback Theatre, the company will empower the audience to explore issues of mental health, family struggles, school and peer challenges and bullying.
Witnessing AIDS: Our Stories
Using Playback Theatre and Image Theatre, this performance invites the audience to reflect on how AIDS may have touched their lives, even indirectly, at any given point in their lives.
What about me? Stories of Labeling and Feeling Left Out
Using Playback and Image Theatre, audience members are encouraged to share moments from their lives where they have felt left out or labeled, looking at both the negative as well as the positive affects of giving others a label or labeling ourselves. (dealing with issues of diversity, bullying, and the pros and cons of labels)
“Because I’m With Them. . .” An Exploration of Peer Pressure
Work in progress on piece dealing with peer pressure of all kinds and both positive and negative effects including choices around alcohol, sex, fashion, bullying, defying authority or creating community. This piece will use Playback, Image and Forum Theatre. This piece will be available in October 2008.
Other Important Info
• Ideal Maximum Audience Size: 50 (larger audiences are also possible, but can sometimes impede audience participation)
• Multiple performances in one day are available to keep audience sizes low.
• Performances can run 30-60 minutes, depending on the needs of the group. Question and answer periods can also be 15-30 minutes, depending on the needs of the group.
• Teachers’ Guide materials available upon request.
• Must have performance space of at least 20 square feet. Lighting needs to be general wash or just classroom lighting.
• Cost: $100 per hour, plus mileage
Talk With Me: Working with teens, parents, teachers, brothers, sisters on how to effectively communicate with each other about anything from doing the dishes to how to discuss drugs or alcohol use in a respectful, effective manner.
Maximum Participant size: 30
Workshop Length: 60-120 minutes or adjusted to group needs
Ideal For: adults and students to participate in together
Multiple sessions in one day are available to keep the numbers low.
Presentations are designed to engage audiences in exploring a wide range of important topics including (with resources for teens and parents on each topic):
ActingOut performances invite age-appropriate audience participation in many ways: through dialogue with the characters, determining the outcome of scenes, or joining the “on-stage” action.
Fees for group performances are $100/hour plus mileage. Performances are customized to meet the public education and prevention needs of any audience.
Service through Story
Jodi Clark, ActingOut Coordinator • Phone: 355-3040, ext. 107 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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