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 treatment. 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.
See our home page or Facebook feed for information on our current short term groups for teens.
Foster care programs
We are proud to partner with organizations which provides adolescent males and females in foster care an environment in which they can develop into self-reliant adults; the ATC directs weekly groups with the youth at Excalibur, Venice and Hampton group care homes. These students participate in improvisational theatre, play making, role playing and a variety of expressive arts therapy directives.