ACTivate Community Through Theatre

Welcome to ACT where we ACTivate communities through theatre classes, workshops and performances for youth, senior and intergenerational communities. We bring our programs to schools, libraries, colleges, retirement communities, nursing homes --- anywhere you wish to ACTivate your community through theatre.

Youth Programs: ACT provides in-school, after-school and summer programs for youth aged 5 – 18. Programs include ongoing classes, one-time workshops and production consultation, including directing, design and production as well as fundraising strategies. ACT comes to your school, college, club, library or community – anywhere you want to ACTivate your community of youth through theatre.

ACT was founded by Dr. Wrenn Goodrum in 2010.  To see Dr. Goodrum's Curriculum Vitae, please click here.

Educator Contact Info:

1119 Forrest Ridge Drive NW
Concord, North Carolina 28027

County: Cabarrus

Phone: 704-707-6757  |  Email  |  Website

Select a Program:


    • Program Description

      ‘WE ARE: Children of…’ Series is a program designed to educate, enlighten, empower, activate curiosity and involve fourth to eighth grade students in a theatre arts experience as they concurrently learn and write about children in history. For example: Children of the Civil Rights Movement, Children of the Revolutionary War, Children of Famous Presidents, Children of the French Revolution, Children of the Roman Empire, etc. Activities involving voice, movement, concentration, ensemblizing, character creation and improvisation are used as well as historical research, reading, writing and problem solving. Students immerse themselves into the lives of children in history through exposure to relevant historical information, stories, visuals and then use their experiences to write short monologues, dialogues, poems or scenes to perform for their classmates. We will design a ‘WE ARE: Children of…’ curriculum specifically for a residency in your school.

      Five day residencies will culminate with a presentation for the school.

      Please see a sample plan of ‘WE ARE: Children Who Worked in the Mills’ and ‘WE ARE: Children of the Holocaust’ in ‘Related Articles’ for common core and essential standards connections.

    • Booking / Scheduling Contact

      Contact name: Wrenn Goodrum

      Phone: 704-707-6757  |  Email  |  Book This Organization

    • Program Details

      Artistic discipline: Literary Arts,Storytelling,Theater

      Program type: History Residency / Workshop / Day Trip,Performing Art Residency / Workshop / Day Trip,Writing Residency / Workshop / Day Trip

      Population served: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, 6-8

      Subject: Language Arts,Literacy,Social Studies / History,Theatre Arts

      Cultural origin: American,Asian,European,Indian,Latino,Native American,North African,Multicultural

      Bilingual: No

      Max. number of students: 30

      Length of program: 1 hour

      Space / technical requirements:

      An open space, writing materials, room on the board for writing. Flexible

      Available dates:

      School Year




      Your School

      Fees / ticketing:

       3-day (one hour per class) residency for 2 classes $750 sequentially * 3-day (one hour per class) residency for 3 classes $1125 sequentially * 3-day (one hour per class) residency for 4 classes $1500 sequentially * 3-day (one hour per class) residency or 5 classes $1875 sequentially

      5-day (one hour per class) residency for 2 classes $1000 sequentially * 5-day (one hour per class) residency for 3 classes $1500 sequentially * 5-day (one hour per class) residency for 4 classes $2000

      The cost includes all teaching materials and travel. There is an additional travel fee of $25 per visit for schools outside the Charlotte City limit and $40 per visit for schools outside of Mecklenburg County.


      Price Ranges: $751-$1000

      Common Core State Standards

      Describe this program’s top 3 connections to the NC Standard Course of Study:


      RL.8.7: Analyze the extent to which a live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.


      SL.5.4: Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.


      RH.6-8.7: Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

      North Carolina Essential Standards

      Describe this program’s top 3 connections to the North Carolina Essential Standards:


      From the Arts Education, Theatre Arts K-8 Standards:


      C.1: Use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings.


      C.2: Use performance to communicate ideas and feelings.


      CU.2.2: Understand the roles of actors and directors in creating performances.

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    • Cancellation Policy

      Cancellations will be honored at least two weeks prior to the residency. Cancellations made less than two weeks before the start date of the residency will not be accepted and the school or booking party will be charged. Cancellations must be made in writing or by email to: actartisticdir1@gmail.com.

      ACT reserves the right to postpone a class due to illness.

    • Other Qualifications

      Has conducted educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes

      Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes

      Maintains general liability insurance: Yes

      Three letters of recommendation/references available: Yes

      Provides study guides for teachers and/or students: Yes

      Provides lesson plans: Yes

      Connects to North Carolina Essential Standards: Yes

      Provides tools to assess student learning: Yes

      Instructors receive annual professional development training: Yes

      Provides scholarships and reduced fees: No

      Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes

      Standards are customized for every classroom visit: Yes