Act Out!

Act Out! utilizes fun drama games and scenes to help youth express themselves about situations they have faced or might face in their everyday life as adolescents. No previous drama experience is required.

The program staff, consisting of 5 counsellors and actors, present scenes on realistic topics such as peer conflict, racism and homophobia, and invite students to enter the scene to affect the outcome and explore ways to handle the situation.

Using drama games and discussion, a safe, fun, small group atmosphere is created where youth can express and act out their thoughts, feelings, experiences, and challenges.

This 8-week program is open to youth aged 12 – 15 and encourages them to have fun while:

  • Developing confidence
  • Becoming comfortable with who they are
  • Learning ways to handle difficult situations

The Act Out! program accepts the fact that youth now face as many or more difficult situations as any previous generation. It allows them to explore fun, informative ways to achieve resolution.

Act Out! is based on Trauma Drama, which was created by psychologists from the Justice Resource Institute and actors from a group called Urban Improv in Boston, Massachusetts. Members of the Act Out! troupe are certified trainers in this model and have been offering Act Out! in Calgary Junior High schools since 2006. Act Out! will be offered in a community setting for the first time this fall.



  • “I can be myself around new people I never talked to before”
  • “I learned that no one is alone in what they’re going through”
  • “It’s OK to be different and to stand out, it’s OK to stick up for yourself”


  • “My son developed lots of confidence, his self esteem is much better, and there are no more fights or bullying in school”
  • “My daughter is finding her voice, she talks to me now”

This program is free!

How to get involved:

For more information, or if you have further questions, please call 403-269-9888 or email

We also offer Act Out! in schools in Calgary. To find out how your school can get involved, please call 403-269-9888.