Peer Education Program

Illusion Theater’s innovative and award winning Peer Education Program gives agencies, schools and other groups the right to perform Illusion’s educational plays for their own communities. The most popular peer education model is TRUST: Teaching Reaching Using Students and Theater. At TRUST sites, high school students perform Illusion’s educational plays for the elementary, middle and high schools in their communities.

Illusion Peer Education sites receive scripts, training, performance direction, evaluation and on-going technical assistance from the Theater’s staff of trained professionals. Seven plays addressing three different topics are currently available:

Sexual Abuse Prevention:

TOUCH
Explains the continuum of touches from good to confusing to bad-and teaches children personal body safety protection and prevention skills. Scenes address topics such as good and playful touch, bullying (verbally and physically), internet safety, exposing, and sexual abuse (non-touch and touch). (Grades 2-5)

NO EASY ANSWERS
Addresses adolescent issues of sexuality, sexual abuse and the misuse of power in relationships. Protection and prevention skills are introduced and explored. Scenes address topics such as sexual decision-making, date rape, sexual harassment, incest and sexual abuse. (Grades 7-12)

Violence Prevention:

PEACE UP!
Focuses on ways to channel anger constructively and prevent violence and harassment. Scenes address topics such as name calling, bullying, family violence, peer fighting, conflict resolution, racial and sexual harassment and sexual abuse. (Grades 3-6)

WHAT GOES AROUND
Deals with harassment and violence prevention. This play addresses issues of stereotypes, sexual and racial harassment, conflict resolution, eating disorders, dating violence, diversity and respect. (Grades 7-12)

Heath and Well Being:

NO LAUGHING MATTER
The play centers on the lives of a group of characters (high school friends) who deal with a variety of situations and experiences faced by many adolescents, including struggles with eating disorder behaviors. Addresses topics such as media images and stereotypes, societal pressures to be thin, struggles with self-esteem, and a range of personal and family issues. (Grades 6-12)

CLEAR THE AIR
The play centers around eight high school students running their own radio show and website. These students portray the stations DJs, engineer and a cast of comedy players for the radio’s wild and wacky skits and routines. A key element of the play is the documentary footage of real people’s stories filmed expressly for CLEAR the AIR. Also included is a soundtrack of music for various segments. (Grades 5-9)

READY. SET. ACTION! (new in 2008!)
This is a school-based program addressing obesity, weight-related teasing and bullying, media literacy and healthy nutrition and exercise that involves youth, their families, and the broader school culture. Key messages include get up and get active, stop the pop, turn off the TV and 5 fruits and veggies a day. The play includes scenes, music and dance. (Grades 3-7)

For more information, please contact Karen Gundlach, Education Program Director at 612-339-4944 ext. 229 or kgundlach@illusiontheater.org.