Students address teen issues through acting
Georgia College and Georgia College Early College have partnered to educate teens about social and health issues using a series of short drama performances.
Theatre students of Dr. Karen Berman’s Improvisation for Social Change class and nursing students of Dr. Sallie Coke’s Pediatric Nursing course will present “Teens Preparing for College” at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the Arts and Sciences Auditorium on Georgia College’s campus. The performances are free and open to the public.
“This year Dr. Runee Sallad, principal of Georgia College Early College, and her students will help us perform the social justice play about issues impacting teens,” said Berman, chair of Georgia College Department of Theatre. “We’re using non-traditional teaching methods to talk about issues like bullying, teen pregnancy and substance abuse.”
Modeled after the problem-solving work of Brazilian director Augusto Boal, the performances teach spectators and actors to become one.
Theatre students wrote and will perform scenes while nursing students explain the medical research behind the subject matter, providing fact sheets and information about medical and social risk factors.
Last year, Georgia College theatre and nursing students collaborated with Teen Scene Youth Center in Macon to perform the social justice play “Addressing Teen Issues.” Teen Scene Macon students, ages 10 to 19, joined the cast to discuss issues affecting them.
Georgia College Early College is a nationally recognized program that prepares students for joint enrollment with Georgia College during their junior and senior years of high school.
An alternative to traditional middle and high schools, Early College is a partnership among Baldwin County and Putnam County schools, Oconee Regional Educational Service Agency and the John H. Lounsbury College of Education at Georgia College.
“This year, the performances will teach approximately 250 Early College teens creative solutions to address difficult, real-life problems,” Berman said. “The play is an opportunity to inform our teens of healthier ways to manage issues they face growing up and explore solutions in new ways that apply knowledge through acting.”
For more information, call 478-445-4226.