Education 

"Art changes everything. 
It is transformational, we are here to change the world."

Illusion creates theater which catalyzes change.    

Illusion’s Education Program is rooted in the recognition of theater’s potential to be a compelling educational tool.   Illusion’s plays have brought awareness and ignited conversations about challenging personal and social issues. Since its inception, the Education Program has presented workshops and performances to over millions of people in all 50 states. Through films and commercial television presentations, the educational messages of Illusion Theater have reached ________people worldwide.

Illusion's  Education Program includes:

Peer Education- Project Trust;

Plays about a specific issue;

Illusion in Residence  where Illusion  artists work to build  theater with classroom teachers,

or in after-school programs,  or with a  specific community to create   specific  content.

Touch  Illusion created it's award-winnning piece in 1978 and  it pioneered  the way theater can bring  awareness and understanding to tough social issuesand it changed the way sexual abuse of children is talked about  around the world. Now Illusion is updating Touch  for the  21st Century.

Keepin' It Real  

Peer Education- Project Trust 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 in Residence  where Illusion  artists work to build  theater with classroom teachers, or in after-school programs,  or with a  specific community to create  specific  content.I llusion has  on -going partnerships  with Patrick Henry High School, South High School,Highland Park Junior High, Richfield  Junior High, Youth Care, Youth Link, New City , Indian  Magnet , Ikidowin, Hopkins Junior High, xxxxxxxx.

Peer Education- Project  Trust

 

lllusion 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.

The Peer Education Program has successfully broke through and transformed the fear that often surrounds difficult and controversial social issues. 

For more information about the Peer Education Program

Plays that illuminate a specific issue

 

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)

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)

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! 
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.

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Courage St.Croix students performing an original  play . Illusion has  created a play with  Courage St.Croix every year for  _---years.

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Keepin' It Real 

 

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