Theatre for Community Health is an exciting way to communicate health and wellness messages across the campus. Since 1991 TCH 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 TCH become nationally certified peer educators. Performances are often followed by talkback sessions on the health topic covered in the production. Academic credit is also available from several programs for those who wish to participate.
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
In the 2012-13 academic year we will be presenting:
Stand UP is our Spring semester show touring the Residence Halls. Stand UP attempts to examine the culture of dehumanization and how we can fight it. A representative from heaven and hell argue over which form of being they like best, the humanized or the dehumanized.
Great Sexpectations is a play that explores a variety of topics and concerns for collegestudents regarding discovering their sexual identity. The play begins with a group of peer educators in the FIREplace preparing a program for a rally raising awareness for sexual assault and sexual health. As they rehearse their different acts, there are moments of reflection within the group on their own experiences with relationships, first times, coming out, STIs and sexual assault. The play offers comedy, music and lots of information.
Real Buzz covers the challenges students face while navigating the party culture. Real Buzz takes a look at the typical characters that may be found at parties and questions extreme behavior that sometimes seems idealized in the media. By contrasting binge drinking with more normal drinking behavior the Real Buzz seeks to help students know that it is okay to be safe and sober or to choose not drinking at all.
Food Prisons is a musical play about body image and eating disorders examining the life we lead when we're obsessed with food and how we look in today's society. Written by Christine Iaderosa, music by Adam Schumaker.
This includes flash mobs, table events, living statues, and everything else. TCH reaches out across campus delivering the message of health, safety and respect in unexpected ways. You never know where you might see us, but we’ll be coming up with new projects throughout the year.
WHEN: January 14 at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Sindecuse Health Center, Room 3111
WHAT: Prepare a one-minute monologue or story about an experience you’ve had at Western, and a short song. E-mail Dr. Iaderosa for more information.
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