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

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    • Program Description

       TROLL WORLD is a group improvisation that motivates students to think in a non-violent ‘out of the box’ way. This activity involves the entire class.

      The premise of TROLL WORLD is:
      Students are told ‘We’re going to create a world of trolls. One of the things they do is mine gold. They think the gold is beautiful, but place no value on it. The unique quality of Troll World is that it is a world of non-violence so there is no need for weapons, police or armed forces.’

      Everyone in the class is given a profession such as owning a restaurant (lots of room for imaginative foods that trolls eat), a doctor, vet, grocery store, clothing store or hair salon. There are also wizards and magical trolls or we use suggestions from the students. A mayor troll is chosen (with advice from the teacher).

      Students are given fabric to create a costume, prop or set piece. They create their space using chairs or tables (whatever is available in the room where the activity takes place)

      The conflict is introduced: At the sound of the drum, all trolls must report to the mayor’s area. The mayor informs his community that the humans are coming and plan to take their gold and enslave them. The student trolls must resolve this conflict in a non-violent way.

      Prior to starting this activity, parameters and guidelines are given to the students.

      ACT created this activity over twenty years ago and it has been enacted over a hundred times in theatres, after-school programs and in classrooms for youth aged 7 – 14. It is the most popular and most requested ACTivity.

      GOALS: To create a working community of students who ‘think outside the box’ while designing a character, prop or space as they resolve the conflict in a non-violent manner.

      WARNING: This activity can be loud and may appear chaotic .It needs a space large enough to accommodate the Troll Community.

    • Booking / Scheduling Contact

      Contact name: Dr. Wrenn Goodrum

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

    • Program Details

      Artistic discipline: Theater

      Program type: Performing Art Residency / Workshop / Day Trip

      Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

      Subject: Theatre Arts

      Cultural origin: Other

      Bilingual: No

      Max. number of students: 30

      Length of program: 50 minutes

      Space / technical requirements:

       A large room where noise will not affect other classrooms.

      Available dates:

       January 4, 2016 - May 31, 2016




       Your School

      Fees / ticketing:


      1/2 day (50 minutes per class) residency for 2 classes sequentially.


      1- day (50 minutes per class) residency for 4 classes sequentially.




      Price Ranges: $251-$500

      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.

      North Carolina Essential Standards

      Describe this program’s top 3 connections to the 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