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New Works Department

The New Works Department engages community voices in storytelling, 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.

2023 Project

The Writers Room

The Writers Room is a brand-new way of co-creating a play using the peer recovery model, creative mentorship, ethnodrama, and drama therapeutic praxis in a trauma informed space. The Room is currently working on a new play called I'll Be There For You in collaboration with Wayside Family and Youth Services. The play will demonstrate how protective factors, like a supportive community, impacts a child’s development and their relationship to substances. The story will focus on the relationship between teenage friends navigating the intersections of identity, coping mechanisms, and substance use - specifically, from viewpoint of LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, youth.

"THE GOAL OF THE PROJECT IS TO CREATE MORE RESILIENT COMMUNITIES AROUND OUR BIPOC AND QUEER YOUTH"
 

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Kufa

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Kenzie

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DJ

Auden

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Elizabeth

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