Experiential Prevention Initiatives

The cast of Rehearsals for Life
Experiential Prevention Initiatives

Through peer education and campus partnerships, the Experiential Prevention Initiatives program seeks to use evidence-based prevention strategies in changing behaviors and attitudes, create developmentally and culturally appropriate interactive presentations, and explore innovative pedagogical approaches for bystander intervention skills training on multiple issues facing college students today.

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Intertwined Personal Storytelling Workshops and Performances

Each year Intertwined hosts a storytelling workshop as an introduction to the Intertwined event in May. This is a space for people to casually explore their own stories and the art of storytelling. Those who wish to apply to tell their story at the main event may, but workshop attendees are not required to tell their stories at performances.

Intertwined Storytelling Performances

2023 Theme: Connections
May 10 and 11, 2023 | 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.) | Miller Theatre Complex, Villard Hall

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Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Rehearsals for Life

Helping you prepare for moments that matter

Rehearsals for Life is a joint project between the Division of Graduate Studies and the Office of the Dean of Students, started to help people learn and practice stepping in and defusing disrespectful situations. The troupe uses their own stories and experiences to find inspiration for their performances and discuss issues of power and privilege. But these are not just ordinary theater performances; audience members are invited to participate in the performances and practice navigating potentially disrespectful situations. Through these performances and workshops, Rehearsals for Life works to build healthier relationships and a more equitable campus for all.

Schedule a Workshop

We don't always know the right thing to say, so why not take some time to practice before those moments happen. Schedule a workshop with us to practice.

This can be a great way to start a dialogue or explore social dynamics. Practicing difficult situations ensures that you are confident in your abilites to settle disrespectful situations and be a conscious bystander that speaks out for what is right. Let us know what works for you and we can work to customize a session for you.

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Performances can address:

  • Issues of diversity, equity, and access
  • Interrupting oppression in everyday situations
  • Working effectively with team members
  • Challenging authority
  • Bystander Intervention

Join Rehearsals for Life

If you are interested in joining Rehearsals for Life, we are looking for enthusiastic and committed members who have an interest in social justice and a desire to contribute to the campus community.

Benefits include:

  • Work with a fun, close-knit group of students passionate about creating social change

  • Develop your professional skills and interests

  • Gain great experience for your resume

  • Become more involved in the campus community

Courage is the most important characteristic to possess for our troupe. We need the courage to stand up and discuss topics that are difficult or deeply personal. We have to be vulnerable as a way of discussing issues that are important to our community. But none of us does this alone. We work together to design performances and help each other develop personal and professional skills. If you have the desire to make a change in our community and the courage to help us do that, please join us.

Rehearsals for Life Application