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ACTivate Community Through Theatre

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

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Program Description

ACT’s ‘WE ARE: CHILDREN WHO WORKED IN THE MILLS’ (From Farm to Factory)  is a program designed to educate, enlighten, empower, activate curiosity and involve students in a hands-on theatre arts experience while concurrently learning and writing about roles children played in the North Carolina cotton mill industry. Activities involving voice, movement, concentration, working together, 


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Program Detail

Program type: Residency, Virtual/Online Program, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Literary Arts, Multi-discipline, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: American
Subject: History, Language Arts, Literacy, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts
Population Served Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

10 October 2022 – 24 May 2024

Length of :Program 55 Minutes
Space / technical requirements:

An open space, writing materials, room on the board for writing. Projection for Power Point.



Your School

Fees / Ticketing:

3-day (one hour per class) residency for 2 classes $1200 sequentially * 3-day (one hour per class) residency for 3 classes $1800 sequentially

The cost includes all teaching materials and travel. There is an additional travel fee of $50 per visit for schools outside the Charlotte City limit and $100 per visit for schools outside of Mecklenburg County.

This is a process based residency.


NC Standard Course of Study:

SL1 Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. SL3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric. SL4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

NC 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.

Supporting Materials

Activity for the Class 'Mill Line'


Curriculum Vitae of Dr. Wrenn Goodrum


Mill Girls News article





Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes


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  • Mill Girl Production


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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:

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