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Self-Empowerment Theatre
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grades 8-10 | Directed by: georgeanna Smith wade

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And an opportunity to save lives.

In the United States, 72,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2017. In Marion County alone, over 400 of those deaths were overdoses of drugs derived from opium: heroin, fentanyl, and prescription painkillers like Oxycontin and Vicodin, all of which are considered opioids.

The opioid crisis is hitting Indianapolis hard, but there isn’t a simple solution. It’s surrounded by misunderstandings that get in the way of effective treatment and harm reduction.

This is where youth can really make a difference.

Young Actors Theatre is going to spend the next two years examining our community’s experience of the opioid crisis. We'll spend 2019 researching and writing an original play about the opioid crisis, and then we’ll spend spring and fall 2020 performing for school groups and the public in the Indianapolis area.

This project will be a 2-year commitment for students who are ready for a transformational experience. Actors will developing serious artistic skills and discipline as they make a real difference in how youth in Indianapolis view the opioid crisis.

Learn more about the project.

Got questions?

Email our Artistic Director, Georgeanna Smith at with questions about the project or how you can get involved.