Social Emotional Learning Theatre Curriculum
This is a one-of-a-kind program that engages students in a series of creative interventions designed to help them increase personal agency, strengthen growth mindset, and imagine new possibilities. The curriculum teaches social emotional learning core competencies (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision making) through drama therapy and theater practices.
The main goal of this drama therapy program is to create a positive learning environment where participants connect, and feel both seen and validated in their experiences, what we refer to as the Creative Container. This is a space where participants can explore the aforementioned SEL core competencies. The creative container is facilitated by a structured approach to the drama therapy group, which includes a check-in ritual, warm-up activity, embodiment curriculum, processing, and closing ritual. This program is facilitated by a teaching artist in recovery and a drama therapist who specializes in the prevention and treatment of Substance Use Disorders and other co-occurring mental illnesses.