MSU Riley Center partners with Care Lodge to offer drama workshops to abuse survivors
Beginning next month, the MSU Riley Center will offer a series of workshop projects, also known as the Footlight Project to clients of Care Lodge.
“They just need a little something different in order to access parts of themselves that maybe they have lost before,” says MSU Outreach Director Tiffany McGehee. "So we’re just really excited that it seemed like the perfect fit, where here we’re already this population of people who need something a little bit more then just where am I sleeping and where am I eating, which is incredibly important. How then do you offer them something else where they will have great success.”
During workshops, clients will practice the art of theater.
“A lot of different drama activities-might sound like games, but then they morph into more social, emotional, learning based exercises. So why did what this person did-why does that make me feel this way and if I alter the action in the scene and how come it changes the way I feel? So it’s a lot of learning interpersonally between each other.”
Even in the midst of COVID-19, these workshops follow guidelines to keep people safe.
“As of right now, they don’t anticipate more than five participants. There’s enough room for us to separate and social distance while doing it. We don’t have to touch and be up in each other’s faces and that’s whats so nice about theater.”
The Riley Center and Care Lodge both envision the workshops as an ongoing partnership.