ReACT! Peer Theatre Education

ReACT! preventing dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking crimes on campus.

ReACT! 2014 - 2015

ReACT

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ReACT! Takes The Bus

ReACT

ReACT! theater group raises domestic violence awareness

Please click on the photo 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.

ReACT! Cast 2013-2014

ReACT! 2013-2014

Read more about ReACT! during a December 2014 interview of Dr. Alli Metz by Dr. Monica Johnstone by clicking here!

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?]

Register for Winter Term 2015

CTH 400 Touring Theatre Production**

[a.k.a. ReACT! class]

CRN #30787

M / W 1:00 PM-2:50 PM,

PAC 1506, 3 credits

Dr. Alli Metz, Educational Theatre Professor, School of Communications

metza@gvsu.edu

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 metza@gvsu.edu

Expressions

Click on the magazine photo and then please go to Page 7 to read an article in Expressions by GVSU's School of Communications.
 


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 metza@gvsu.edu, or Women's Center Grant Coordinator, Theresa Rowland at rowlanth@gvsu.edu.

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

2013 - 2014 Cast

Please click here to read about our 2013 - 14 ReACT! cast.

2013 - 2014 Cast

ReACT! 2013-2014

ReACT! 2012-2013

2012-2013 Cast

Please click here to see the 2012 - 13 ReACT! cast.

 

ReACT! 2011-2012

2011 - 2012 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

ABOUT ReACT!:

Read and follow the School of Communication's blog on ReACT!

Click here to view photos from 2013 - 2014 ReACT!

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.


ReACT! Poster from 2012

ReACT! Flyer