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.
Typically Saturday from 9am-11am and Sundays from 4 – 7pm (performance at 6pm)
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
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. At Excalibur and Avalonia group homes the youth participate in improvisational theatre, Playback theatre and a variety of expressive arts therapy directives.
We offer weekly theatre activities in partnership with the Greenville County Disabilities and Special Needs Board through their three day-program centers. Our drama therapy groups provide meaningful activities, group awareness and job skills role training for adults with intellectual, development and physical disabilities. And we have a ball!
Tuesdays from 10am – noon
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. It is a program under the Phoenix Center (Greenville County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse). Our weekly program engages the boys in drama therapy enactments which address past addictive behavior and role playing for future success.
Mondays from 3 – 5pm
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. Each session begins and ends with active theatre games with an element of mild competition. We also work with small groups and individuals who respond positively to the program, and who have longer terms of incarceration, to go more in depth by guiding written narratives and exploring past experiences through sociodrama.
Thursdays from 3:30 – 5:00pm
At Pendleton Place for Children and Families we conduct a weekly drama therapy group for girls in foster care. In this engaging program the girls develop group trust and role play situations from their lives. Theatre challenges the girls to be present in the space and with each other, and to process the past in the present as they envision a positive future.