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Peer Project

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Haven Project incorporates Intentional Peer Support into theater practices to facilitate healing. It is ideal for anyone experiencing mental health concerns as well as people struggling with life's many demands.

What is peer support?

Peer support focuses on shared experiences and empowering individuals struggling with mental health concerns, trauma, substance abuse, and eating disorders. Participants are viewed as the expert in their experience, and are trusted to speak to their needs and struggles. It is not therapy, which can sometimes set a precedent of someone being "helped," but rather is a framework of support moving towards hope and healing. Trained peers offer insight based on their own lived experience, touching on subjects such as coping mechanisms, harm reduction, and skill building. 

How will it be a part of theater?

Haven Project has multiple sections such as Teens, Adults, and Couples. Each section will work towards a completed project, be it a stage reading, full production, showcase, or performance. Rehearsals will have check-ins, group conversations around specific topics, and healing exercises. Sections will engage in group bonding to create a sense of ensemble, and will work together towards the final product. Particpants will also have weekly access to the facilitator for one-on-one peer support sessions.

How does it help?

Theater offers a community unlike any other. Struggles with mental health can be incredibly isolating, due to both the stigma associated with mental illness and the daily challenges it presents. There is strength in sharing experiences with others who understand, and there is power in self-expression. Theater is a safe way to find one's voice, and explore topics and ideas that may be sensitive. While there is no trauma re-enactment and no shared specifics, there are things like power dynamics, setting boundaries, and exploring identity that are safe and constructive. Theater also helps with self-esteem, as the group works towards a finished product that they can take pride in. 

Who is the facilitator?

Tara Wolfe is a Certified Peer and Family Specialist and Disability Advocate. She has a BFA in Directing, Playwriting, and Production, as well as an MA in Professional Creative Writing. She is a trauma survivor and mental health advocate.

Pricing and Details

HP Teen Production: This section will rehearse and stage a completed project. Experience is not required, but space is limited per section. This section lasts eight weeks and meets 2-3 evenings a week.

Pricing: $320 for the full course. Sliding scale and payment plans are available.

HP Teen Improv: This section will learn the fundamentals of improv comedy, culminating in a full improv performance. Experience is not required. This section lasts twelve weeks and meets 1 evening a week.

Pricing: $240 for the full course. Sliding scale and payment plans are available.

HP Adult Production: This section will rehearse and stage a completed project. Experience is not required, but space is limited per section. This section lasts eight weeks and meets 2-3 evenings a week.

Pricing: $320 for the full course. Sliding scale and payment plans are available.

HP Adult Improv: This section will learn the fundamentals of improv comedy, culminating in a full improv performance. Experience is not required. This section lasts twelve weeks and meets 1 evening a week.

Pricing: $240 for the full course. Sliding scale and payment plans are available.

HP Adult Improv (Advanced): This section will explore more advanced concepts and skills, culminating in a full improv performance. Facilitator approval is required. This section lasts twelve weeks and meets 1 evening a week.

Pricing: $240 for the full course. Sliding scale and payment plans are available.

HP Open Playwriting: This section is available to anyone age 15 and up. Participants will learn expressive writing and how to craft scripts and stories for the stage. The group will serve as a writing workshop to provide supportive feedback.

HP Couple's Improv:

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