We Speak We Stand – New Student Orientation Performance

WE Speak WE Stand – NSO Performance

WE Speak WE Stand is two series of monologues written and performed by Wesleyan students addressing sexual violence and alcohol use.  These peer theatre pieces are a powerful introduction to sexual violence and alcohol use on campus and aim to create a campus that is actively engaged in the prevention of sexual assault and relationship violence and advocates for the responsible use of alcohol.

Performers
Fifteen to twenty volunteers are needed. The more performers, the fewer parts each person would be required to play. Current students of all class years are welcome to participate.  Three skits require eight performers while the others are monologues or two-person dialogues.

Performance
These skits are performed as "reader's theatre", where the performers carry a script to refer to rather than fully memorizing them. Performers are encouraged to be familiar enough with the material that they do not need to read from their script verbatim. The setting is very minimal and no costumes are worn, allowing audience members to use their imaginations to fill in details, based on what they are hearing. 

Timeline
WE Speak WE Stand usually has four group rehearsals and two performances during the week of New Student Orientation.  Performers must be available for ALL sessions to participate and are encouraged to rehearse on their own as well.

Sign Up

Volunteers are recruited and interviewed during the months of April and May.

Early arrival into housing
WesWELL will sponsor you for an early arrival.  We must have your full commitment, Wes ID and housing assignment information by mid June in order to ensure housing accommodations can be made.

Acting Experience
No acting experience needed, just an interest in educating your peers and addressing sexual assault and alcohol use on campus. An ability to read with feeling and a strong voice help. 

Previous knowledge of sexual assault and alcohol issues
It is helpful to have some knowledge since students may see you as a resource once you have performed in the skits. WesWell can assist in providing resources to assist in learning more about sexual assault and alcohol if you are interested. 

Can I see the script before I decide? 
Yes. Contact Tanya Purdy to find out when you can stop by to view a script.  

Contact Tanya Purdy if you have questions
Tanya Purdy , Director of Health Education
Email: tpurdy@wesleyan.edu              
Phone: 860.685.2466