People with disabilities from ProAct, Inc. write, rehearse and present their own productions covering a range of topics and using humor to share a message.
Our most recent production, “Welcome to Our World,” played at the Lakeville Area Arts Center.
Based on interviews and real experiences of people with disabilities, new and established actors presented fresh scenes showing stereotypes, job challenges, bullying and a little romance.
ProAct Playhouse is a part of ProAct Theatre Works! There are three components:
- Intro to Theatre: Beginners- Participants start with vocalization and become comfortable with movement and presence while enhancing self-esteem and self-awareness.
- Theatre Workshop: Intermediate- Individuals enhance stage presence by acting and reacting with others in a scene or situation. They build memorization and listening skills.
- ProAct Playhouse: Advanced- Actors develop and memorize scripts during intensive rehearsal sessions, with public performances.
Julie Johnson, left, president of the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation (MOHR), presented a Life Enrichment Award at Lakeville Area Arts Center to leaders of ProAct Playhouse, a drama program for individuals with disabilities. From her left are Co-directors Matt Briggs and Amanda Thomm, and Production Director Kelly Campion. Briggs said the goal of the program is to enhance self-esteem, build communication skills and professional presence.