Theatre for Community Health is an exciting way to communicate health and wellness messages across the Western Michigan University campus. Since 1991, Theatre for Community Health has produced peer education outreach productions that tour WMU classrooms, residence halls and nearby campuses. Themes for the productions include discussion of sex and healthy relationships, the college alcohol culture, and diversity issues.
Student actors in Theatre for Community Health become nationally certified peer educators. Performances are often followed by talk-back sessions on the health topic covered in the production. Academic credit is also available from several programs for those who wish to participate. The group received the 2014-15 Outstanding Program Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
Message from the coordinator
"Hi, and thank you for your interest in Theatre for Community Health. If you like to perform and are interested in the health and welfare of the WMU campus community, TCH could be a great opportunity for you. In addition to developing scripts and audience, TCHers are trained in the latest theories of social marketing. We attempt to present health topics and introduce behavioral change by raising the awareness of social norms."
—Dr. Christine Iaderosa
Want to be part of Theatre for Community Health?
Auditions for spring 2016 will be held Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. in room 3111, Sindecuse Health Center. Prepare a short monologue or story, and a short song. Participants must be available for peer education training January 29 and 30. Contact Dr. Iaderosa for more information.
What's in it for me?
- Academic credit (optional)
- Certification as a peer educator
- Lots of fun and activity
- Making a positive change on campus
What's the schedule like?
- Two to three rehearsals a week for six weeks (usually in the evenings)
- 15 to 20 performances over four weeks (with breaks)
- Last week of classes and exam week are off
- Approximately 150 hours—three-credit load
Do I have to have acting experience?
Acting experience is not required, but it helps. More important is a willingness to try new things and step out of your comfort zone. Most important is the commitment to the troupe in terms of being memorized when required, being on time for rehearsals and performances and supporting fellow cast members.
Dr. Christine Iaderosa
Theatre for Community Health
Sindecuse Health Center