We believe that play lights us up and connects us.
We believe that compassion is a skill that can be taught and practiced. We believe that our stories and our creations are the most powerful tools we have. We believe that we can make plays that will change the world. We believe that, together, we can lead a compassion revolution. Wanna join us?
When you have to make up and rehearse your own, from scratch, play in just a few weeks, a few days, or a few hours, you:
- Develop a deep sense of commitment to your ensemble and ownership of your work;
- Come face to face with your strengths and your challenges;
- Practice empathy, gratitude, collaboration and other building blocks of compassion;
- Practice accesses the power of your own voice, body, and creative genius to say something that is important to you.
- And, you are having a really good time doing it!
- Although the process of creation is a gift in and of itself, we believe that the final performance is crucial because it is a celebration of our work together. At the same time that it serves as a gift for the audience who experiences it.
For the past 6 years, we have worked with kids and the adults who love them – teaching and reinforcing the social/emotional skills that lead to more caring, compassionate, and connected people. But it doesn’t stop with the individuals. We believe that individual change in the context of intentional families and communities, leads to broader social change. This is why our motto is “Make a Play. Change the World.” We have even created a framework around it.
We have recently focused our energy on putting girls center stage so they can change the world.
Our bold and brave belief: Girls are the superheroes who will lead the world in a compassion revolution. Our job is to prepare girls to lead in this way using the tools of theater and expressive arts. In the process of creating and performing their own peaceful and powerful plays, the girls will actively counteract stereotypes of “mean girls” and “good girls” by learning how to:
- Build a positive self-concept as a peaceful & powerful leader – “I am a Go Girl!”
- Confront bullying and relational aggression among girls and between girls and boys
- Let go of paralyzing perfectionism and a fear of making mistakes which erodes self-confidence and seriously impedes learning and academic success
- Make and keep good friendships
- Navigate and celebrate any type of difference
- Label, manage and regulate feelings especially those feelings associated with challenge and conflict
- Access and feel comfortable sharing their own individual creativity through a variety of art forms such as visual art, music, and creative movement
- Build empathy and connection through improvisational acting, voice work, and creative movement
- Engage a growth mindset through feedback and reflection as they rehearse and revise their work for performance
- Be supported and inspired by some of the best and latest thinking in social/emotional development including the work of Dr. Christine Carter, Kidpower and The Way of Joy