ReACT! Peer Theatre Education
ReACT! preventing dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking crimes on campus.
ReACT! 2016 - 2017
ReACT! cast members from left to right: Rachel Dziabuda, Nikee Pipoly, Caleb Baird, Jacob Molli
ReACT! performs live scenes, with GVSU student actors on the GVSU campus, which aim to help prevent incidents of dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Audience members will explore how they can engage in realistic, safe, and effective methods of preventing violence. ReACT! is the product of a partnership between the GVSU Women's Center and the School of Communications Theatre area, and is funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.
Have ReACT! perform for you! Click here for a performance request!
Read about The Champions of Change event ReACT! participated in with President Haas on Friday Oct 7
And see the photos! Click here!
2016 - 17 ReACT!
ReACT! actors and director prepare to perform for the 2016 GVSU Freshmen Transitions program with professional relationship educators Dorian Solot and Marshall Miller!
Right to Left: Dorian Solot (educator), Sue Ackerman, Christa Wright, Caleb Baird, Jacob Molli and Marshall Miller (educator)
Front: Dr. Alli Metz, ReACT! Program Director
ReACT! 2015 -2016 Cast
ReACT! troupe Fall 2015
Back row, left to right: Jacob Molli, Mallory Caillaud-Jones, Lindsey Normington, Emilee Miller
Front row, left to right: Nicole Buchmann, Dez Begay, Rachel Dziabuda
2014-15 ReACT! Cast
ReACT! CAST 2014-15
Standing L-R: Dmitri Westbrook, Vanessa Peliotes, Megan Prangley, Niko de la Rosa, Emilee Miller, Samara Woolfolk, Anika Jamison
Kneeling L-R: Nicole Buchmann, Dez Begay, Mallory Caillaud-Jones
[Not pictured - Keegan Cox]
Read about ReACT! in the US State Department's monthly magazine, SPAN, in the January-February 2015 issue! Please click here and go to pages 18 & 19!
ReACT! Takes The Bus
ReACT! theater group raises domestic violence awareness . Please click to read the article in GVNow. In observance of Domestic Assault Awareness month, a Grand Valley State University theater group is taking conversations about the power of language directly to students via The Rapid 50 Campus Connector bus. -
Click here to read the Lantorn's article on ReACT! currently experimenting with a concept known as Guerilla Theater.
And read about ReACT! in SPAN, the US State Department's monthly magazine. Please click here and go to page 18 and 19! "Since 1960,SPAN has linked India and the United States, offering articles from writers in both countries on culture, business, technology, education, health, social development, arts and achievements in U.S.-India relations. Beautiful photography and also articles from the best American publications are showcased in every issue of SPAN, which is published in English, Hindi and Urdu."
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT USING THEATRE FOR DIALOGUE AND HELP WITH ISSUES OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE?
AND GET CREDIT FOR LEARNING AND HELPING? [and THEN get PAID* learning and helping?]
CTH 400 Touring Theatre Production**
[a.k.a. ReACT! class]
Dr. Alli Metz, Educational Theatre Professor, School of Communications
ReACT! is a partnership between GVSU’s Women’s Center and the School of Communications, with funding support from the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.
This class will be a valuable educational experience for TEACHERS, ACTORS, SOCIAL WORKERS, ACTIVISTS, LEADERS IN TRAINING – ANYONE who wants to use their skills to make the world a better place, inside and outside the classroom!
DESCRIPTION: Students will take a look at Applied Theatre theory and methods (i.e. modified Theatre of the Oppressed), and work together to create interactive theatre programs for the GVSU community in order to raise awareness about relationship violence, sexual violence and stalking. Students will work collaboratively to devise original theatre work, refine their facilitation techniques, and enhance their improvisational acting skills. Students will also be encouraged to explore issues of diversity (i.e. gender, sexuality, etc) with respect to interpersonal violence. This course is part of an ongoing partnership with the Women’s Center, with the goal of raising awareness on the GVSU campus about relationship violence.
** Banner course description is INCORRECT = course actually lasts all semester, deals with interpersonal violence instead of Shakespeare, and no audition required.
*This course is also a PREREQUISITE for participation in GVSU’s own “ReACT!” performing troupe for the 2015-2016 school year = PAID positions as peer theatre educators
- All majors are welcome; Theatre majors / minors, and Women’s Studies majors / minors encouraged to register.
- This class is best suited for individuals who are comfortable presenting in front of peers.
- Some past performance experience (i.e. High School theatre productions) will be helpful but not required.
- Students will learn how to enhance their presentation skills and facilitation techniques while employing methods of theatrical performance.
- Registration is open to Freshmen through Seniors.
QUESTIONS? Contact “Dr. Alli” at firstname.lastname@example.org
ReACT! performs live scenes and uses interactive theatre methods, with GVSU student actors on the GVSU campus, which aim to help prevent incidents of dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in a college age population. Audience members explore how they can engage in realistic, safe, and effective methods of preventing violence. ReACT! is the product of a partnership between GVSU’s Women’s Center and the School of Communication’s Theatre area, and is funded by the Office of Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. Since the group's premiere in 2010, ReACT!'s professional peer theatre educators have performed for thousands of college students and social service providers across the state of Michigan.
For more information about ReACT! and to schedule performances, contact ReACT! Director and Theatre Professor Dr. Alli Metz at email@example.com, or Women's Center Grant Coordinator, Theresa Rowland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ReACT! encourages discussion through theater
Read a November 18, 2013, article in the Lanthorn about ReACT!
Please click here to be directed to the article.
ReACT! 2013 - 2014 Cast
Please click here to read about our 2013 - 14 ReACT! cast.
Please click here to see the 2012 - 13 ReACT! cast.
Please click here to see the 2011 - 12 ReACT! cast.
Please click here to read the October 2011 article on ReACT!
Grand Valley received a three-year continuation grant through the federal Violence Against Women Act to further its efforts preventing dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking crimes on campus.
The $281,250 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women will continue the work coordinated by the GVSU Women's Center through 2016. The Women's Center received an initial VAWA grant in 2011. Grant coordinator Theresa Rowland said the continuation means the work accomplished over the past two years will continue and will be enhanced. Since the initial grant was received, student reports of sexual violence have increased. From 2011, there were eight incidents, and nine in 2012. Prior to the grant in 2010, there were two reported incidents. Rowland, who chairs the Campus Violence Prevention Team, said the increase is likely due to increased efforts to train Grand Valley police officers and other staff, and educate students how to report an incident. Under the continuation grant, victim services and bystander programming will be enhanced as will programs from a CVPT subcommittee, the Men's Group, a student group focused on gender-based violence prevention. New community partners have been added: Grand Rapids Police Department and the Ottawa County Prosecutors Office, Victim Assistance Unit. Other community partners are the YWCA of West Central Michigan, Lakeshore Alliance Against Domestic and Sexual Assault, Kent County Domestic Violence Community Community Report Team, and Ottawa County Sheriffs Office. More information is online at www.gvsu.edu/women_cen.
- See more at: http://www.gvsu.edu/gvnow/index.htm?articleId=C4B7E6A4-A972-3B55-3432F6FA163F3A43#sthash.j3VOCEdC.dpuf
ReACT! performs live scenes, with GVSU student actors on the GVSU campus, which aim to help prevent incidents of dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Audience members will explore how they can engage in realistic, safe, and effective methods of preventing violence. ReACT! is the product of a partnership between GVSUs Womens Center and the School of Communications Theatre area, and is funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.