ReACT!

ReACT! Anti-Violence Peer Theatre Education Troupe

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Dr. Alli Metz and ReACT! Actors with the UT-Austin Voices Against Violence Troupe at the 2019 Theatre of the Oppressed Conference. 

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ReACT! at the 2016 GVSU Transitions Presentation

About ReACT!

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
  • Stalking
  • Bystander intervention
  • Consent
  • Partner abuse (verbal, physical, emotional, mental)
  • Sexual assault

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 metza@gvsu.edu, or ReACT!’s Assistant Director and Special Projects Coordinator for Student Success and Retention (Dean of Students Office), Liz Chase at chaseel@gvsu.edu .


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2019-2020 ReACT! Performances

All events are LIB 100/201 Approved

Sexy September: FALLing into Healthy Relationships with ReACT!

September 17, 2019 // KC 2263 // 8:00-10:00 p.m.

ReACT!, GVSU's anti-violence peer theatre troupe from the Center for Women and Gender Equity, presents their first healthy relationships program for the school year!  Using low-risk and engaging interactive theatre and discussion methods, ReACT! student actor-facilitators will present scenes and pose questions about what YOU think makes a healthy, sexy relationship.  Get ready to FALL into a super September school year start with this memorable and engaging 75 minute program that will have you walking away with dynamic ideas about the relationships in your life!

 

My Costume is not my Consent

October 30, 2019 // KC 0072 // 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Come join ReACT! (GVSU's anti-violence theatre troupe) in an interactive performance that unmasks the reality of Halloween as a college student. Using peer theatre education methods, ReACT! actors will work with the audience to formulate particular safety strategies to utilize during Halloween celebrations. This 60 minute high energy program will include discussion and dialogue about ways in which the entire GVSU community can help prevent sexual assault. [and FREE CANDY!]

 

Difficult Dialogues

November 17, 2019 // KC 2263 // 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Why are dialogues about sexual assault and sexual harassment so difficult and is there any way to make them easier?

ReACT!, GVSU's anti-violence peer theatre troupe out of the Center for Women and Gender Equity, will use low-risk interactive performance and discussion methods to get participants thinking about possible difficult discussions over school breaks with family or friends. ReACT! student actor- facilitators will present scenes and pose questions to help prepare someone to better engage with a difficult dialogue.

Difficult Dialogues

December 6, 2019 // Linn Maxwell Keller Black Box Theater // 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Why are dialogues about sexual assault and sexual harassment so difficult and is there any way to make them easier?

ReACT!, GVSU's anti-violence peer theatre troupe out of the Center for Women and Gender Equity, will use low-risk interactive performance and discussion methods to get participants thinking about possible difficult discussions over school breaks with family or friends. ReACT! student actor- facilitators will present scenes and pose questions to help prepare someone to better engage with a difficult dialogue.

Stalking Education

January 29, 2020 // KC 0072 // 8:00-10:00 p.m.

What is stalking? When do actions officially become stalking? What can you do to help people who may be experiencing stalking?

Come join ReACT! (GVSU's anti-violence theatre troupe) in an interactive performance that demystifies stalking looks like in campus communities. This 60 minute high energy program will include discussion and dialogue about ways in which the entire GVSU community can help when someone is being targeted by a stalker.
 

Like, Love, Lust, or Bust?

February 27, 2020 // KC 0072 // 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Now that Valentine's Day celebrations (or lack thereof) have recently passed, here’s a chance to define the romance (or lack thereof) in relationships in your life. How do you know whether relationships are healthy or not? 

ReACT!, GVSU's anti-violence peer theatre troupe from the Center for Women and Gender Equity, presents a Valentine’s Day themed program that will give you dynamic ideas about the relationships in your life! Using low-risk and engaging interactive theatre and discussion methods, ReACT! student actor-facilitators will present scenes and pose questions about what YOU think makes for healthy platonic, romantic, and sexual interactions during your college years.


 

CANCELLED: Sexual Violence, Trauma, and the Brain

March 30, 2020 // KC 0072 // 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Brain research gives us insight into seemingly confusing and contradictory behaviors exhibited by people who have survived a sexual assault. ReACT!, GVSU's anti-violence peer theatre troupe from the Center for Women and Gender Equity, will use low-risk and engaging interactive theatre and discussion methods to present scenes and pose questions about the intricacies of trauma induced behaviors.

CANCELLED: Peep Show

April 9, 2020 // KC 0072 // 8:00-10:00 p.m.

ReACT’s “Year in Review” will use high energy, low risk interactive performance to share their most effective (and sometime, least effective) program moments from the school year as they explored relationships, sex, and interpersonal violence with the GVSU campus community.