Creative Action inspires youth to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers, and confident leaders in their community. Written plays have always been a popular medium to accomplish those goals. Creative Action’s program, Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble, has worked with many Austin area youth in writing and performing original plays that inspire their community.
In partnership with SafePlace since 2003, Creative Action employs up to 30 young people ages 14-20 as artist-activists to address teen dating/domestic violence, cyber-bullying, sexism, homophobia and more through original theatre to tour the area. More than 3,000 youth see their show each year.
Outside the Box
Romeo: Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs.
Player: More poetry, really?? You’re oversimplifying! It’s not so easy!
Romeo: EASY?? You dare say my lot was easy?!
Player: Love is more complicated than that. My parents used to be in love – like REALLY in love. And now it’s like this awkward, trapped feeling all the time. They don’t fight in front of me anymore but I can feel the tension. It’s almost worse than the fighting. So please just shut it with the poetry because love is more than pretty words and passion.
Romeo: More? What could be more than passion?
Player: I want someone who cares about me- the real me- beyond my reputation or who I hang out with. A girl who wants to know everything about me, who wants to share everything about her. What’s Juliet’s favorite color?
Romeo: What? Ummm. I think her dress is… blue.
Player: That’s what I mean. You know she’s cute. You know she’s off limits. What else do you know about her?
(Transition- all walk forward to make a line across the front of the stage to talk to the audience)
Claire: Every 7 minutes a young person is bullied.
Melissa: 85% of the time, no one speaks up to help.
ALL: We’re not OK with it.
Chloe: Every day, 160,000 students miss school because they fear being bullied.
Dude: Bullying doesn’t have to be a physical attack.
Rocket: Using words to tear someone down, humiliate them or isolate them is bullying too.
ALL: We can make a difference.
Claire: All it takes is someone, anyone, who can reach out, and speak up for change. It starts with one person. Could that be you?
Watch this video to see Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble in action and learn their creative process:[youtube id=”nlW2RJiJtJY” width=”600″ height=”350″]
**To learn more or get involved with Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble, visit creativeaction.org/programs/youth-ensembles**