Applied Theatre: Empower, Explore, Express

Theatre can produce more than applause. It can change lives. The Warehouse Theatre Applied Theatre programs work with groups to:


issues of shared concern


their individual perspectives


them to make transformative choices, build coping skills, and develop support networks.

Our Partners

Current Partners:

Bridges to a Brighter Future: Our partnership began with a drama elective offering as part of the Bridges Foundations summer program. Now, Warehouse Theatre Teaching Artists and Staff work with Bridges students throughout the year at Saturday College, host workshops and tours at the theatre, and partner with Life Skills and Essay Prep classes to increase student engagement. We also provide helpful transition exercises and facilitation during the Crossing the Bridge classes, especially for students preparing to enter their first year of college.

HASCI Support Group with Thrive Upstate (Greenville County Disabilities and Special Needs Board): This unique program works with Head and Spinal Cord Injury patient to produce an original theatrical production. Our aim is to use individual survivors’ stories and experiences as the inspiration for our plays, inspire confidence in participants, and hone basic and theatrical communication skills. We end up doing a whole lot more than that-- with a lot of laughter in between. Past plays include: Our Completely True Story of the Trip to the Georgia Aquarium (2018), Inconceivable! (2017), The Show Must Goat On (2016), Homecoming: An Odyssey (2015), and Selected Scenes (2014). We have presented our work at a state-wide Life With Brain Injury conference and at the Brain Injury Association Support Group Leaders training.

Applied Theatre Center’s Spectrum Group:

In partnership with the Applied Theatre Center, Warehouse Theatre Teaching Artists works with young adults on the Autism-Spectrum on Shakespeare, acting technique, and social & communication skills.

Past Partners:

LaFrance Elementary:

During this week-long program, Warehouse Theatre Teaching Artists lead two workshops with every class in grades 3-6 on bullying prevention and making positive choices. Students participate in interactive discussion, guided improvisation, and role playing to develop their own definition of power, experience having power and losing power, then apply what they learn to decrease bullying behavior in their school.

Blue Tent: Serving foster care students ages 7-13, our programs promote teamwork, increase confidence, and develop creativity during Camp Opportunity Week. We also provide continuity throughout the year with Expressions Through Creativity programs.

Phillis Wheatley Community Center:

Working with the youth of the Phillis Wheatley summer program, we will spend 8 weeks focusing on theatre as an art form, personal narrative, and ensemble building, all while promoting positive, nonviolent communication and empathy skills.

Sterling Community Center

Applied Theatre Center’s RECESS Group