ReACT! is a nationally recognized Theatre for Social Change troupe at Grand Valley State University that educates students on issues surrounding interpersonal relationship violence. The troupe is trained to employ high energy interactive and improvisational drama techniques, such as forum scenes, role play, and audience collaboration. Each program is tailored to meet specific educational objectives for the needs of their community audiences on the GVSU campus and beyond.
Common issues explored by ReACT! include:
Trauma informed victim/survivor support
Partner abuse (verbal, physical, emotional, mental)
Since its inception in 2011, ReACT! has been managed through a partnership between the Center for Women and Gender Equity and GVSU Theatre (housed first in the School of Communications and now in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance). ReACT! was originally funded by a grant from the Office of Violence Against Women out of the U.S. Department of Justice. ReACT! actors are currently paid with funds from the Michigan State Police Campus Sexual Assault grant.
The troupe is composed of trained student actors from all majors across the University. For paid positions with ReACT!, students must first take a three-credit GVSU General Education Issues course (in the “Innovation, Information, Technology” category), THE 325: Theatre for Social Change, offered 1 – 2 times each year through the Theatre program .
To learn more, please contact ReACT!'s founding director and GVSU Theatre faculty member, Dr. Alli Metz at firstname.lastname@example.org, or ReACT!’s Assistant Director and Special Projects Coordinator for Student Success and Retention (Dean of Students Office), Liz Chase at email@example.com .