Join us for Fun, Mental Health Awareness, Organizing and More

From the Inside Out explores issues of mental health and related topics through interactive theater, participatory workshops and the arts.

Over the past years we have had a lot of fun and we think our group has done some good. We have had 25 total performances for about 1,000 audience members using 8 separate plays.

Due to some major changes though, our group is struggling to continue. Everyone can do something. If you are interested in our group continuing – please join us:

    Friday, June 12th from 1:30 – 3:30 PM
    Friday, July 10th from 1:30 – 3:30 PM
    Friday, August 14th from 1:30 – 3:30 PM

    At the Portland Community of Christ Church
    4837 NE Couch, Portland, OR 97213
    Contact: Deborah at 503-254-4942 for more information

What is Interactive Theater?

A short play requiring problem solving (written mostly by people dealing with mental health issues) is performed first without interruption or solving any issues presented. When repeated, volunteers from the audience stop scenes, replace a character and act out potential solutions. Discussion follows each intervention.

Interactive theater, like presentational theater, is a unique learning tool accessing and exploring feelings. This is helpful for addressing less tangible issues, such as discrimination. Interactive theater also encourages the recognition of oppression, and offers practice in self-advocacy, while seeing various perspectives played out within one situation. The Center for Accelerated Learning reminds us people remember 10% of what we read, 50% of what we hear and see, 70% of what we say or write and 90% of what we say as we do a thing

Etta says: “This acting is part of my therapy.”

Deborah says: “I started to be background support and did an acting part and liked it.”

Famous People with Mental Health Issues:

Abraham Lincoln (US president), Isaac Newton (scientist), Charles Dickens (author), Jimmy Piersall (professional baseball player), Michelangelo (artist), Winston Churchill (leader of Britain), Vincent Van Gogh (painter), Tennessee Williams (novelist), Patty Duke (actress), Lionel Aldridge (professional football player), Edgar Allan Poe (author), Beethoven (musician) and many more.