"Teaching & Reaching
Combining Students & Theater"
Scene Break Down Sheets Below
We train high school students to become peer educator/actors and perform plays about important social issues. Our teaching artists conduct workshops during after-school time or conduct a classroom residency. No acting experience is necessary, just the desire to be a role model who is motivated to help others. Schools often award community service hours.
Created by Illusion Theater in Minneapolis, MN, Project TRUST is a National Endowment for the Arts award winning program combining peer education and theatrical performance. IlluminArt Productions is the only accredited Project TRUST site on the east coast. For more than 25 years, this program has helped deliver critical messages regarding personal safety, health and well-being to over one million children and adults in all 50 states and the Virgin Islands.
Since 2011, our primary peer education site for Project TRUST is the Michael J. Petrides School (K-12), Staten Island. They have been performing two plays for students in their school and visiting schools.
Peace Up! for grades 2-4, focuses on ways to channel anger constructively and prevent violence, harassment and abuse through scenes about name calling, bullying in the school yard and on the school bus, cyber-bullying, family conflict, conflict resolution, empathy, and the value of friendships. Students have an opportunity to discuss solutions.
What Goes Around for grades 5 and up, addresses social attitudes about violence, gender and sexual orientation; sexual harassment; racial harassment; diversity; verbal abuse; cyber-bullying; family violence; stereotypes; substance abuse; conflict resolution; communication; and respect as a core value for schools and communities.
For more information about how your school can become a peer education site contact:
Randy Topper, Artistic Director – Randy.firstname.lastname@example.org