Programs

RESPECT programs consist of educational theatre presentations paired with panel or group discussions led by community professionals and our actor-educators. In talk-back sessions for elementary students, participants have the opportunity to try out their own solutions through role-playing. Programs for middle and high school students allow participants to submit questions anonymously for discussion during the talk-back session. Each adult training is 60 or 90 minutes and combines a research-based presentation with the use of theatre and role-play.

Rewind & Rework Add-on Session: Add on an extra half-hour to any 4th – 12th grade program for students to work directly with RESPECT’s actor-educators to use role-play to problem-solve bullying or relationship challenges that they face. Scenes will be based on students’ and staff’s own real-life experiences.

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN

» Puppy Pals

This program focuses on identifying emotions, respecting diversity, and treating others kindly.  Students will learn how to make friends and how to “stop and think.” 

 

 

 

» Patching Things Up ::New::

The beloved Cutie and Snuggles from Puppy Pals make an encore appearance here as Shelter Pets adopted by the same family. While exploring their new environs they meet up with the irascible Patch, a territorial cat from the neighborhood. In spite of their differences, the three pets do all they can to find common ground and make friends with one another.

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

» Stop & Think / Fun & Games

Stop & Think and Fun & Games are offered in alternating years. These programs focus on the identification of many bullying behaviors and prevention techniques.  Participants will learn about the importance of positive bystanders and how a person can become empowered if they “stop and think” before acting impulsively.  Both programs include interactive scenes, and students are encouraged to participate in role-play activities, respond respectively to bullying behaviors as the target or bystander, and realize what is “fun and games” for one person may be painful for another.

Intended Audience: Grades K-3

» The Bubbylonian Encounter

In this updated play, an alien named Bub helps children learn about and distinguish between healthy and unhealthy touch.  Audience members learn along with Bub the alien as the humans she meets provide information, strategies, and resources to help them grow, explore, and be safe in the world around them with family, friends, and strangers.  Adapted from a play by Gene Mackey.

Intended Audience: Grades K-3

» Bub Meets Scrub ::New::

Bub and her friend Archie welcome a visit to earth from Scrub, one of Bub’s best friends from her home planet of Bubbylonia. Scrub, a recent recipient of the MOST HYGIENIC BUBBYLONIAN AWARD tries to convince Bub to return home where she will be safe from the effects of the Covid Virus. Archie and Bub explain to Scrub how humans are dealing with the Pandemic, how to greet friends, how to deal with big emotions and more. Bub persuades Scrub that she likes earth too much to return, but to please send her best wishes to all her friends on Bubbylonia.

Intended Audience: Grades K-3

» Natalie The Net Nanny ::Newly Updated::

This newly updated play has been retrofitted for the age of distance learning. It teaches students how to keep themselves safe while using and enjoying the benefits of their computers, tablets, smartphones, gaming systems, and social media.  Audience members will be invited to interact with actors in a safe, socially distant manner as they learn ways to socialize, play, and stay connected in digital society and what to do if they encounter cyberbullying or harassment.  Adapted from a play by Doug Marr

Intended Audience: Grades 2-6

» Between the Lines / Teaming Up

Between the Lines and Teaming Up are offered in alternating years.  These programs address multiple forms of bullying – verbal, physical, social, and cyber.  Both programs explore how bullying escalates over time and how it can affect not only the targets, but the bystanders who see bullying in their school and social circles as well.  During the talkback, students have the opportunity to practice techniques to stop and prevent bullying during a fun and safe role-play.

Intended Audience: Grades 4-6

MIDDLE SCHOOL

» Scraps

Developed at the request of students, this program focuses on social bullying, the bullying that can occur within friendships or when relationships are used to hurt other people.  Students will learn how to identify these subversive bullying behaviors and how to respond as the target or bystander.  During the talkback, students have the opportunity to practice techniques to stop and prevent bullying during a fun and safe role-play.

Intended Audience: Middle School

» Too Big a Secret

Two good friends, Anna and Bryce, meet Jeff at the beginning of the school year. The three become fast friends, but Jeff never seems to be able to do anything fun with the other two. He is typically on edge but will not talk about why until Anna is able to get him to reveal the dark secret that is affecting his whole family. Anna figures out how to get them the counseling help they need but Jeff is angry with her for not keeping his secret—until he begins to see the positive effects of her efforts.iddle School

» Top Secret ::New::

In a similar vein, three best friends and middle schoolers—Nia, Jamal and Bruno—attempt to deal with the Covid 19 restrictions with varying results. While Jamal seems to handle it best, thanks to the practices his parents have put in place for the family, Nia is frustrated and bored and Bruno is having the worst time of it. He angrily refuses to deal with it until Jamal convinces him to talk about it. Once again, secrets are revealed and the family ultimately gets help, but Bruno says he will never trust Jamal and Nia again. Things eventually work out for the best and Bruno realizes that trusting friends and sharing “secrets” can often be the best way to handle difficult situations.

Intended Audience: Middle School

» Choices

A menu program developed to cater to the specific needs of an individual school or organization, this program focuses on teen social issues, mental health, and negative and positive peer pressure.  Hosts choose three of the following seven scenes that are most relevant to the unique needs of the students they serve.  During the talkback, students can anonymously submit questions on notecards to be answered by our panel including a mental health professional.  Scene choices include: Bullying, Teen Dating Violence, Alcohol, Drugs & Peer Pressure, Body Image, Self-Injurious Behavior, Suicide/Depression.

Intended Audience: Middle School

» Coping In Crisis ::New::

As a response to current events, Coping in Crisis was developed to address the challenging circumstances students are currently facing. An extension of our menu program, Choices, this program addresses the challenges of Covid-19, Gender Issues, Income Inequality, Special Needs, and Racism and Bias. Hosts choose three of the available five scenes that are most relevant to the specific needs of their school. During the talkback, students can anonymously submit questions to be answered by our panel including a mental health professional.

Intended Audience: Middle School

HIGH SCHOOL

» Standing Up

This program addresses bullying that uses gay slurs to hurt others regardless of whether they identify as LGBTQ.  In this play, we focus on the severe consequences this type of bullying can have on targets and those who may be questioning their own sexual orientation.  It also focuses on the power bystanders can have in helping targets in these situations.  During the talkback, students can anonymously submit questions on notecards to be answered by our panel.

Intended Audience: High School

» Reporting

Based on true stories, this program focuses on bullying and the tragic consequences that can occur.  Students will learn how small actions can have big results, both positive and negative.  They are encouraged to report bullying behaviors and take an active bystander role in the problem-solving process with adults.  During the talkback, students can anonymously submit questions on notecards to be answered by our panel.

Intended Audience: High School

» Cracked, But Not Broken

This program focuses on teen dating violence.  Students will learn how to identify warning signs of abusive relationships and how to use local resources to help themselves or their peers.  During the talkback, students can anonymously submit questions on notecards to be answered by our panel. 

Intended Audience: High School

» Headlines Of Hate::New::

Ripped from the headlines, Headlines of Hate, is based on actual bullying events from the last four years. Each of the characters living in New Jersey, Missouri and Oregon, face identity-based bullying and discrimination at their school. Students will learn how to identify this type of bullying, and how they can help in a situation. They are encouraged to report bullying and discrimination and will have the opportunity to take an active bystander role in the talkback through role play scenarios. They will also have the opportunity to submit anonymous questions to be answered by our panel. They are left with the message that accepting everyone as they are, and choosing kindness, can make a huge impact.

Intended Audience: High School

 

College

» Cracked But Not Broken: College Version

This program focuses on dating violence on college campuses. College students will learn how to identify warning signs of abusive relationships and how to use campus and local resources to help themselves or their peers. An accompanying training is available for Resident Advisors and other campus personnel.

Intended Audience: College Students, RA’s and Staff,

 

Workshops

» Parent & Teacher Training workshop On Bullying

These highly interactive workshops stress role-playing as a problem-solving technique and the need to address bullying behaviors immediately, consistently, firmly, and respectfully. Learning objectives include: identification of all forms of bullying; analysis of why people bully and its impact; practical interventions and responses to questions commonly asked by kids.

 Using Theatre to Problem-Solve

RESPECT uses their unique role-playing approach to present problems in improvised settings while blurring the wall between actor and spectator. RESPECT uses site-specific dilemmas to build role-plays making a custom-tailored workshop or series to enhance a group’s communication skills using the collective knowledge of participants. All sessions are interactive and are appropriate for any topic such as: Workplace Conflict Resolution; Parenting Challenges; Personal Development; etc. Some of RESPECT’s previous trainings have been for Project Everlast on job retention skills, Thrive Clubs focusing on life-skills for children of immigrant families, Open Door Mission on parenting skills, and Building Bright Futures for childcare site directors.

How To Use Role-Play in the Classroom or Home

This workshop teaches participants how to build role-plays and use them to problem-solve with kids in pre-school through high school. Practical theatre-based tools are given to help adults gather information from kids about problem-situations and use role-play to help children come up with and practice their own solutions.

 

Student Workshops

» Artist-in-Residence

RESPECT’s Artist-In-Residence programs combine education about bullying, boundaries and healthy relationships with theatre and creative skills. During the 4 or 5 session programs, RESPECT actor-educators first present educational theatre content to students regarding healthy relationships. Over the course of the remainder of the sessions, students work closely with the actor-educators who will teach students theatre skills and provide guidance to students in order to create their own educational theatre productions.  The Artist in Residence program can be tailored to meet the needs of students as young as kindergarten aged all the way through 12th grade. At the end of the Artist in Residency, students will create meaningful presentations about bullying and relationships and will have learned valuable social skills that will help them to feel a sense of purpose and security while in school.  A typical Artist in Residency program will consist of 25 participants.

» Hold That Thought

This multi-session series is designed to incorporate the cognitive behavioral principles of learning with teaching methods derived from theatre to help children learn about, experience, practice and apply behaviors that help them to “Stop & Think” before they say or do something that can result in harm or unhappy consequences to themselves or their peers. Each session includes theatre-based lessons led by two of RESPECT’s actor-educators to facilitate lessons about feelings, body awareness, communication skills, and other topics that lead to more successful social interactions.

» Direct With RESPECT

Students join RESPECT actor-educators in scenes to through role-play to direct the outcome of improvised scenarios.  Topics are based on content from RESPECT’s educational plays and may be used as a stand-alone session or as a follow-up after a RESPECT performance to reinforce the lessons learned in those programs.