How did we pull it off?

We have done extensive research into how participation in theatre has positive effects on the minds and lives of young people.

Topics explored in the workshops were: exploring presence, being on stage and before others, understanding characters/people, self expression, self confidence, and collaboration.

Straight Up was enthusiastic about us working with De Anza Middle School, as it is in that school setting that a young person’s social perspectives are greatly challenged and may be negatively influenced. We lead groups of students through a series of exercises that we hope helped them to understand others and themselves better, and be more confident in social settings.