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Program Information
Program Name: From the Inside Out: Exploring Issues of Mental Health through Interactive Theater
Agency Name: Act for Action - Theater for All
Year the Program was Started: 2006
Public Contact Person: Cathy Clemens
Address: 1839 NE 14th Ave.
Portland, OR 97212
Telephone #: 503-231-3728
Email Address:
Program Category: Community Education, Peer Support, Recreation/Arts
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
Borrowed Space (church, school, community center)
Annual Program Budget: $10,000-$40,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: None
Paid Part-Time: 1-2
Volunteers: 10-20
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: Majority
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Majority
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Other
Cost for materials? Sometimes
Program Goals: a) Amplify and empower the voices of people dealing with mental health issues - voices under-represented in our community. b) Share plays with a diverse audience to help people outside of the mental health community learn about mental health and discrimination in an engaging, safe and validating way. c) Enhance the theater, advocacy, healthy relating, creative problem solving, empathy, independent thinking and leadership skills of performers and, to some degree, audience members. d) Increase performer confidence, sense of community, hope and ability to deal with mental health issues. e) Share our theatrical tools with others in the mental health movement.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? No
Program Mission Statement: From the Inside Out, a project of Act for Action Theater for All, offers highly participatory workshops and interactive theater performances exploring issues of mental health.
Additional Information: "Interactive Theater" stars people with mental health issues in plays written from personal experiences. In the style of the Theater of the Oppressed, members from the audience are invited to join in the scenes to demonstrate new solutions to the problems addressed. Discussion follows the interventions.

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