ReACT! Peer Theatre Education

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

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! - 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

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 15, 9:00pm-10:30PM, KC 2266, LIB100/201 approved!

            Program Coordinator – Jacob Molli,
            Actors – Olivia, Christa, Audrey, Rachel Moore, Alex

FRIDAY DECEMBER 1, 1:00PM-2:30PM, KC 2266, LIB 100/201 approved!
            Program Coordinator – Olivia Dick,
            Actors – Jacob, Christa, Audrey, Cassidy, Rachel Renaud, Tyler, Alex, Sara





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!



Theatre Professor Alli Metz,


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 November 14, 2017