New Works Department

The New Works Department engages community voices in storytelling and theatre-making processes and performances focused on substance use and how it intersects with prevention, recovery, mental health and other social justice issues. We seek to educate and cultivate empathy across diverse audiences and inspire change.

Purpose

To ENGAGE youth, their families, school staff and community in the performance from devising to curtain close.

To produce new work with as much student and community power as possible, letting them fill as many roles as possible.

To increase understanding of the relationship between substance use disorder and identity formation.
  • a strong and flexible curriculum to use in our education and devising process

  • storytelling and theatre workshops based in schools, treatment facilities, community centers and other settings

  • devising work grounded in stories we discover in the workshop process

  • producing that work with as much student and community power as possible, letting them fill as many roles/jobs as possible

  • using a strong internal structure of staff and expertise to educate and empower people in those roles as well as a well-defined curriculum for participant learning

  • devised work would be produced for appropriate audiences for prevention, education, recovery support, etc

Youth, their families, and school staff are engaged in the performance, and in this new way learn about substance use and prevention through the lens of the queer and BIPOC identities.

- All audience members gain a better understanding of the relationship between substance use disorder and identity formation, especially in the aforementioned underrepresented groups

- Audience members apply what they have learned by displaying changed behavior and attitudes regarding addiction

- Parents and community members will better understand protective factors that help prevent substance use in youth

- The school community will have a better understanding of the queer and BIPOC youth they serve and how those identities intersect with substance use and other mental health issues

- Youth with addiction in their lives seek help.

- Medical staff to address stigma