ReACT! Peer Theatre Education

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

ReACT! - Anti Violence Troupe

ReACT! Peer Theatre Education Troupe is a partnership between GVSU Theatre, the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, and the Center for Women and Gender Equity

ReACT!, GVSU's anti-violence peer theatre troupe from the Center for Women and Gender Equity, presents their first healthy relationships program for the 2017-18 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!


To request a performance:


Theatre Professor Alli Metz,

GVSU Receives Grant to Bolster Sexual Assault Programming - January 11, 2018

For the second consecutive year, Grand Valley State University has received a grant offered through the governor's office and awarded by the Michigan State Police to help fund campus sexual assault programming.

The $39,472 grant will help to continue the university's use of the national "Bringing in the Bystander" model on campus. This will be accomplished through the bystander intervention program Peer Education and Prevention (P.E.P.) Talks, in which trained GVSU students educate their peers about sexual assault prevention. The main focus of the organization is teaching students what it means to be a good bystander.

According to Jessica Jennrich, director of the Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity, students learn how to support those who are survivors and also how to prevent sexual violence by interrupting a potentially harmful situation.

This program has been on GVSU’s campus for a year now and has been able to reach all different sectors of student life. The program’s widespread reach is thanks to the nine students who were trained as peer educators. In the past year, the group has provided training for 244 students in classes, fraternities/sororities, living centers and student organizations. 

“Based on a request you put in, the crew would ... come out and do a bystander intervention presentation,” Jennrich said.

Jennrich explained that a likely reason the university was selected for the grant was GVSU’s continued efforts to improve the university's sexual assault programming.

In this year’s grant proposal, the university expressed that despite better awareness of bystander education in the past year, there were still areas that needed improvement. Based on surveys of P.E.P. Talk viewers, the university found that were was an overall disconnect with students when it came to understanding consent education.

“I think we were chosen for this grant because we showed we were really open to continuing P.E.P. Talks,” Jennrich added. “(By) adding in the other (needed) piece around consent education, ... we discovered we needed to do (this) in order to really be a campus that was committed to actually addressing problems … (and having) effective prevention education program.”

The missing piece, consent education, has now been added into ReACT! performances. ReACT! is a GVSU student theater troupe that performs shows to equip students to serve as active bystanders in situations where violence could occur, including sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and harassment, in an effort to help promote safety on campus.

P.E.P. Talks and ReACT! are able to educate large audiences about sexual violence prevention due to their request-based formats. Both programs take requests to visit different student organizations and also do small-group or one-on-one education.

With the grant in place, the ReACT! team will be able to expand its programming and hold more performances throughout campus. The money from this year’s grant will also go toward paying the student actors, student educators and a graduate assistant who all play a big role in building awareness and prevention on campus. 

“In addition to making sure the P.E.P. Talks program continues, … (the grant will) also add the complementary piece of consent education so we can continue to build a cohesive prevention education program at Grand Valley State University,” Jennrich said. “(This allows the) program to meet students where they are and also build on students’ skills as they progress through their time here.” 

From the Lanthorn:

ReACT! 2018

Read about ReACT's "Like, Love, Lust, or Bust!: ReACT! Presents Healthy Relationships for College Students"

Click on the picture to read the story from GVNow!

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, or Women's Center Grant Coordinator, Theresa Rowland at


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! cast members from left to right:  Rachel Dziabuda, Nikee Pipoly, Caleb Baird, Jacob Molli

Want to learn more about using theatre for dialogue and help with issues of interpersonal violence?

And, you can get credit for learning and helping!  [and THEN get PAID* for doing so]

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

News about ReACT!

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 Lanthorn'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."


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

Other articles..

Read about The Champions of Change event ReACT! participated in with President Haas on Friday, Oct 7

And see the photos!


Read a November 18, 2013, article in the Lanthorn about ReACT!

Please click here to be directed to the article.


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!

Past Casts

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

2014-2015 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]

2013 - 2014 Cast

2013 - 2014 Cast

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

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.

Page last modified October 12, 2018