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

      ACT’s Shakespeare:  Outside the Box workshop is designed to show how Shakespeare’s plays are as accessible to participants and audiences today as they were four hundred years ago. His plays are filled with jealousy, betrayal, war, love and humor. Scenarios include unrequited love (Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night), bullying (Twelfth Night, The Tempest), parent/child relationships (King Lear, The Tempest, Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet) or ambition in Macbeth. Our workshops will enliven Shakespeare for youth in grades three to twelve as we take them outside the box.

      We bring Shakespeare’s plays to life by conceptualizing and acting scenes which we place in video games, post-apocalyptic worlds, rock concerts, shopping malls, school dances or social media for example. We use social issues of today’s world and the interests of youth that are easily identifiable to participants and audiences to enact our scenes.


      The workshops are designed to suit each grade level (3-12) and to work within your timetable. Presentations within a classroom are held for three-day residencies. A presentation for all classrooms will be held for five-day residencies. Plays to choose from are: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Twelfth Night, The Tempest and Macbeth.   Activities include:

      Vocal work using articulation exercises and Shakespeare’s Insults.
      Drama Games are used to explore the characters, stories, themes and words of Shakespeare in an educational and fun way.
      Speaking Shakespeare activities are used to understand the rhythm, emotion and actions in the verse.
      Acting Shakespeare uses scenes from the plays to understand the themes of the play and motives of the characters.
      Shakespeare: Outside the Box uses all of the activities to create and perform scenes in a way accessible to the students.

      Dr. Goodrum has directed over twenty productions of Shakespeare, setting them in 1950’s rock n’ roll, 1969 Moon Landing, Punk Rock World, A Post-Apocalyptic Island, Video World of War, Woodstock 1969 and many other out of the box conceptualizations.

    • Booking / Scheduling Contact

      Contact name: Dr. Wrenn Goodrum

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

    • Program Details

      Artistic discipline: Storytelling,Theater

      Program type: After-school,Performing Art Residency / Workshop / Day Trip

      Population served: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

      Subject: English,Language Arts,Theatre Arts

      Cultural origin: American,European,Other

      Bilingual: No

      Max. number of students: 30

      Length of program: 60 min

      Space / technical requirements:

       An open space allowing for students to move freely.  A space where performers/audience are separated.  Desks may be moved to the perimeter of the classroom to allow enough space.

      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

      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

      Students will present their work to their class during three day residencies if requested.
      Students will present their work to their grade during five day residencies if requested.


      Price Ranges: $751-$1000

      Common Core State Standards

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

       SL2: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
      RL2: Recount stories, including fables, folktales and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
      RL7: 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.

      North Carolina Essential Standards

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

       4.A.1.2: Critique choices made about characters, settings and events as seen or portrayed in formal and information productions.
      3.CU.2.1: Illustrate theatre etiquette appropriate to the performance situation.
      2.AE.1.2: Understand how the use of costumes, props and masks enhance dramatic play.

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    • Cancellation Policy

      When schools are closed for inclement weather, ACT will work with the school to reschedule.

      Cancellations will be honored at least three weeks prior to the residency. Cancellations made less than three 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