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

      IMPROVe Language Arts, History and Social Skills with IMPROVisation

      ‘Improvisation can open up the mind to learning in the classroom and beyond’. ACT offers a workshop that will demonstrate to students that ‘no script in life is pre-written and they have the power to create a positive, supportive and collaborative community’.

      Using Improv games and activities, ACT provides a means for students to think and create in the moment; collaborate as an ensemble while focusing on respect for the process and one another. Students  learn the basic skills of improvisation incorporating the four C’s: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking.

      ACT IMPROVe Programs:
      IMPROVe Language Arts.
      ACT uses books or plays from your curriculum as a base for our improvisations. Themes, motifs and symbols are incorporated into the lesson plan as well as characters (who), plot (what) and setting (where). Some Examples: The Diary of Anne Frank, Sadako, To Kill A Mockingbird or any Dr. Seuss book or William Shakespeare play.

      IMPROVe History.
      ACT uses historical events from history or current events using your curriculum as a base for our improvisations. Students  create historical and non-historical characters based around the historical  or current event as they improvise scenes from the event. Some Examples: Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad, Industrialization, WWII, Napoleon and the Suffragette movement.

      IMPROVe Social Skills. ACT uses Social Skills as a base for our improvisations. Students  use improvisations to resolve conflicts they face in their lives. Some Examples: Bullying, Popularity, Abuse, Homelessness, Dating, Divorce, Cheating, Applying for a Job.

      YOU tell us what you WANT and we will DESIGN an IMPROVe program specifically for YOUR school’s needs.


    • Booking / Scheduling Contact

      Contact name: Dr. Wrenn Goodrum

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

    • Program Details

      Artistic discipline: Theater

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

      Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

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

      Cultural origin: American,Asian,Austrailian,European,Indian,Latino,Middle Eastern,Native American,North African,Pacific Islander,Slavic,Sub-Sahara African,Multicultural

      Bilingual: No

      Max. number of students: 30

      Length of program: 60 minutes

      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:

       Dates October 1, 2015 - May 31, 2016




       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 other classes in their grade during three day residencies if requested.

      Students will present their work to the school during five day residencies if requested. Reminder: this is a process based and not performance based workshop.


      Price Ranges: n/a

      Common Core State Standards

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

       North Carolina Common Core Standards
      SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners or grade topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

      SL2: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

      SL3: Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.

      L.1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

      L.3: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.


      North Carolina Essential Standards

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

       North Carolina Essential Standards

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

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

      A.1.1: Analyze texts or scripts in terms of setting, characters, sequence of events, main idea, problem, solution, and their interrelationships.

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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