Theatre for at-risk youth
Adolescents who have experienced extreme stress or trauma, either of their own making or that which has been visited on them, are a particular focus of the Applied Theatre Center. Since our founding in 2011 we have worked in programs for adolescents in foster care, juvenile detention and residential drug rehabilitation. Theatre, especially improvisational theatre, is fun and it allows young people to explore significant issues in their lives. Our programs in this population are drama therapy based.
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. At Excalibur and Avalonia group homes the youth participate in improvisational theatre, Playback theatre and a variety of expressive arts therapy directives.
The Whitehorse Academy
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
Greenville County Juvenile Detention
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
Pendleton Place for Children and Families
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.
(not currently active)