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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.”  Pending availability, students will receive a stuffed animal to practice the behaviors learned.

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

» Stop & Think

Stop and ThinkThis program focuses on the identification of many bullying behaviors and prevention techniques.  Students will learn how situations can change and how a person can become empowered if they “stop and think.”  This program includes interactive scenes in which the students are asked to participate by providing suggestions exercising impulse control to lead to a happy ending.

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

» Natalie The Net Nanny

This updated play 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 are invited to interact with actors as they learn safer ways to socialize, learn, 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

This program addresses multiple forms of bullying – verbal, physical, social, and cyber – especially within social groups.  The program shows the impact on kids who are put in the middle of conflicts between their own friends.  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

» 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, Body Image, Self-Injurious Behavior, Suicide/Depression.

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

ReportingBased 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. A local professional in the area of intimate partner violence will sit on the panel as a physical representation of whom they can go to for help.

Intended Audience: High School

 

College

» Cracked But Not Broken: College Version

Cracked But Not Broken College VersionThis 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.

Artist in residencies

» For All Ages

RESPECT’s Artist-In-Residencies 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.