WHO WE ARE

Deana's Educational Theater Company is a nonprofit organization that offers interactive performance-based presentations covering current issues of dating violence, bullying, cyber bullying, sexual coercion, harassment and respect. We address these subject matters in a setting where students, military personnel and communities can ask the hard questions and get honest answers.

OUR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

“The Yellow Dress” play was the foundation for Deana’s Educational Theater Company. Born from the tragedy of losing their daughter, the Brisbois family commissioned Deborah Lake Fortson to write and Sydney Hayes Patten to produce a play based on young women’s stories of dating violence. There are 9 plays for audiences from Grade 1 through College with presentations for military and communities also available.

OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM

Deana's Educational Theater Company is currently celebrating it's 21st year anniversary. Our Nonprofit Organization is filled with talented individuals who have long been involved in interactive and immersive theater whether it be on the stage itself or in an administrative role. Visit "Our Executive Team" page if you would like to contact them with any questions you may have.

Over 1.4 Million People Have Experienced One Or More Of Our Violence Prevention Programs

DEANA’S EDUCATIONAL THEATER INC. develops and produces dynamic, interactive educational theater performances and a comprehensive array of training, workshops and distance learning products. All of our performances and programs are created to prevent bullying, cyber bullying, teen dating violence, adult dating violence, domestic violence and sexual assault. These performances take place in a multitude of venues such as schools, colleges, outreach and community centers, military facilities and churches. We encourage all Educators, Community Leaders and Concerned Parents to contact us Today!

Each Of Our Educational Theater Programs Addresses One of The Following Important Social Issues:

Bullying

Image of child who has been bullied in school

Bullying is the unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over long periods of time.

Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information or popularity to control or harm others. Bullying can be verbal, social or physical and a child may be the victim of all 3 types of bullying simultaneously.

Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things.
Social bullying hurts a reputation or relationships.
Physical bullying is hurting someones body or possessions.

Cyberbullying

girl being cyberbullied

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using all types of electronic technology. Cyberbullying can include mean text messages or emails, vicious rumors sent by text, email or posted on social media and social networking sites. It also can include online sharing of embarrassing pictures, videos or fake profiles.

Kids and teens who cyberbully know how to use technology and have grown up with it as a large part of their lives. They understand that the potential to embarrass someone can go viral very quickly with devastating results to the victim. Uploading embarrassing videos to popular video and social media/networking sites seems to be one of the favorite methods used by the majority of cyberbullies.

Dating Violence

image of teen dating violence

Teen dating violence and Adult dating violence is a pattern of behavior that includes physical, emotional, verbal or sexual abuse used by one person in a close intimate relationship to exert power and control over another. Teen dating violence usually occurs between the ages of 13-19 years old.

Abusive teenage relationships differ greatly from adult ones in a variety of ways:

Adolescent girls usually do not depend on their partner for financial support and do not typically have children.
Teens  usually have limited experience with intimacy and relationships leaving them vulnerable to abuse.
Teen relationships are more easily affected by the opinion of friends and family members.

How Can Parents, Educators and Concerned Communities Start to Make a Difference?

kids with questions about bullying

Let’s face it, the youth culture of today is visual. It’s all about videos, images, being socially active and texting. In order to make any kind of impact with school aged kids and teens about important social issues, you need to hit them where they live. So how do we do it? With posters? T-shirts? Books? Pamphlets? Some of these methods may have short lived effects but the strongest reactions that you will get that can bring real change to your schools and communities is by incorporating “LIVE INTERACTIVE EDUCATIONAL THEATER PROGRAMS” when dealing with these important and hard to broach social issues.

You will be amazed at how much change can happen when kids and teens see themselves and their actions portrayed by 3rd party individuals and what consequences their actions can have on the lives of others. Many of our programs include audience participation. Our actors will stop in the middle of a scene and ask them what they think should happen, then the actors will continue showing the outcome of what is suggested by the audience always backed up by an additional scene of what the proper response should have been. Many victims and perpetrators seek guidance and help after viewing one or more of our programs. What We Do Works!

Each Of Our Educational Theater Programs Includes The Following:

The Teaching Materials

We provide pre and post show teaching materials

The Live Performance

The live shows last approximately 30 minutes

The Post Show Discussion

The Q & A period usually lasts 30 minutes

Our Educational Theater Programs

Subject: Bullying & Respect

Audience Age: Grades 1-5

All Starz is a fun, highly interactive show that gets kids talking about bullying. It bridges the gap to tough subjects like respecting boundaries, empathy, and excluding people based on differences. Students observe real life bullying situations and positive role modeling. It also introduces students to the use of electronic communication and the growing prevalence of cyberbullying.

Subject: Bullying & CyberBullying

Audience Age: Grades 5-8

Doin’ The Right Thing educates and entertains students about the issues of bullying, abuse & respect. The school bully (Malcolm,a very popular athlete) zeros in on his target P.J. and launches into a campaign of verbal, emotional and physical abuse. Scenes are played out on the bus, in the lunchroom, in the hallway and online that portray real life situations that students face.

Subject: Bullying & CyberBullying

Audience Age: Grades 4-8

The Bus Stop brings students face-to-face with an emotionally charged situation involving bullying and cyberbullying that students are all too familiar with. Dramatic segments and direct audience interaction reveal exactly how this situation got out-of-control and what can be done to turn it around when students are confronted by bullying behaviors amongst their friends .

Subject: Bullying

Audience Age: Grades 6-8

Girl Chat explores the relationship of three adolescent girls presenting a clear picture of girl bullying when Tina the “Queen Bee” launches into a campaign of verbal and emotional abuse against Beth. This play highlights the role that bystanders play in bullying situations, both as positive and negative influences and encourages healthy dialogue about friendships.

Subject: Bullying

Audience Age: Grades 6-8

Step Up challenges middle and high school boys to take a stand against bullying when they see it. Mike (a popular athlete), and Nate and Ted who are childhood friends are beginning to move in different social circles. Mike targets Ted and continually bullies and harasses him in front of his other friends which leaves Nate caught in the middle and forced to make some difficult decisions.

Subject: CyberBullying

Audience Age: Grades 9-12

Think Twice Mel is the target of bullying in her high school. When a new transfer student moves to town they quickly become friends. Over time Mel starts to cyberbully and torment another student. With the student in danger due to constant threats and bullying, Mel must deal with what she’s done and face the legal and moral consequences of bullying.

Subject: CyberBullying & Sexting

Audience Age: Grades 8-12

The Lesson follows the lives of three students forced to deal with the effects of cyberbullying and unhealthy relationships. The audience will watch a series of cyberbullying attacks using multiple social channels. This show encourages students to examine the choices they make online and educates students on the consequences of cyberbulling.

Subject: Dating Violence

Audience Age: Grades 7-12

Remote Control uses humor, drama, and interactive segments to explore issues , attitudes and beliefs about relationships. It will motivate audiences to take action to prevent relationship violence while teaching them strategies to intervene effectively. It highlights how bystanders and friends play a pivotal role in preventing abuse (For College & Military Version: Subject Matter is Sexual Assault).

Subject: Dating Violence

Audience Age: Grades 9-12

The Yellow Dress is the centerpiece of our relationship violence prevention program. This remarkable one-woman-show follows an abusive relationship full of passion, deceit, and tragedy. Actor/Facilitators engage audience members on warning signs, prevention techniques, and bystander intervention. (College and Military Versions Also Available)

Video Clips From The Yellow Dress Educational Theater Program

Watch how a new young love slowly turns into a relationship where dating violence takes hold, unfolding into the ultimate tragedy.
To see more video clips of the Yellow Dress and our other Educational Theater Programs, Please Click Here!

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Our Sponsors and Funding Partners

This website was made possible through funding from the Roy A. Hunt Foundation