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Spectrum: theatre for young adults on the autism spectrum, an ongoing program of social skills, communication and emotional management training. Spectrum participants perform for the public twice each year. Spectrum is generously funded by the Barbara Stone Foundation.

Two Thursdays a month from 6:30 – 7:45pm

  • Playback Café

    Once a month on a Sunday night, homeless citizens of Greenville, SC attend a gathering lead by the Playback Café, a program of the Applied Theatre Center. They sing together before diving into stories, shared from audience members, that the actors “play back” using Playback Theatre. The stories can be funny, harrowing, sad, or uplifting—but they are always unique. Every third Sunday of the month, with rehearsals on the Saturday morning beforehand. Find out more on our Playback Café page.

    Typically Saturday from 9am-11am and Sundays from 4 – 7pm (performance at 6pm)

  • At-risk youth

    For more information about the programs listed here, please visit our At-risk youth page.

    • The Whitehorse Academy: This residential drug treatment program for adolescent boys develops socially-skilled, responsible young men who are in recovery from a severe substance abuse disorder.
    • Pendleton Place: At Pendleton Place for Children and Families we conduct a weekly drama therapy group for girls in foster care.
    • Greenville County Juvenile Detention Center:  A weekly drama therapy group meets at the Greenville County Juvenile Detention Center, focused on learner-centered, physically active, intellectually stimulating, positive choices and group collaboration.
    • Recover Our Youth: Recover Our Youth is an organization which provides adolescent males and females an environment in which they can develop into self-reliant adults, the ATC directs weekly groups which with the youth.
  • The Applied Theatre Center’s Playback Café presents
    Forum Theatre for Community Engagement

    A dynamic, engaging and theatrical way to get your group thinking, talking and acting out solutions to their very real and pressing challenges.

    Here’s how it works:

    1. Select from the list below the play that best represents issues facing your community or organization.
    2. Schedule an interactive performance with the actors of the Playback Café.
    3. Continue the dialogue after the show!

    During each Forum presentation, the Playback actors perform 3 to 5 short scenes about characters struggling with issues in their lives or in their communities. Then the audience is invited to participate by offering opinions, perspectives and solutions!