Positive Action Community Theatre
- serving those with unique needs through the arts -
Welcome to Positive Action Community Theatre (PACT). Our mission is to empower individuals and create community through the performing arts. We currently work towards this goal by providing inclusive theatre, dance, and music programs to children, teens, and adults with unique needs at our Saturday Goldmine Workshops, and by providing theatre/life skills programs during the school day at local schools.
We are also seeking funds to provide theatre/life skills workshops to teens and adults with unique needs that will help them find and keep their perfect job.
PACT workshops teach self esteem, cooperation, fitness and creativity.
Winter, 2014 ~ 8-week Series
Saturday, January 25 to March 22
(no program on February 15th)
Teen/Adult Improvisational Theatre: 2:30-4:00 p.m.
$175 for 8-week series
Teen/Adult Performance Arts: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
$150 for 8-week series
Performance Arts workshops consist of group singing and choreographed dance.
See complete 2014 schedule on Programs page.
Scholarships are available for all PACT programs.
We are always looking for good volunteers.
PACT provided theatre/life skills programs to the students of The Country School in San Marcos during the 2012-2013 school year, thanks to a grant from the National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR). We are happy to say that we are continuing to serve Country School Students this fall thanks to grant funds from Transformation Trust, Inc.
PACT is also pursuing grant funding for a new theatre program at Excelsior Academy in San Diego, and for a theatre/job skills program at St. Madeleine Sophie's Center.
PACT is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization.
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PACT believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to study and express art, and that discovering and developing one's creative nature contributes greatly to a happy and fulfilled life. Having the ability to express art is also a great ally in living with the challenges of a disability.
Studying and enjoying the performing arts brings those who have been isolated by a disability back into a shared world. Feeling connected, they are empowered to share their gifts. We all benefit.
Our program evaluations show a consistent improvement in our participants' self esteem, cooperation, fitness, and creativity. Feedback from parents is that their children and young adults are more able to communicate with others and express their thoughts and feelings with confidence as a result of participation in our programs - some even taking on leadership roles for the first time. They also report greater flexibility in dealing with stress and changes in their lives, and a new found interest in social interaction.
Volunteers from our community serve as peer mentors at Goldmine Workshops, and help us achieve an approximately 50/50 mix of peers with and without disabilities in our programs. It's perfect for first time volunteers, because all that is asked of them is to be themselves and enjoy learning and expressing the performing arts with some great people. The rest is done through the art itself, and through the dedication and expertise of our incredible workshop directors. No mention is made in the workshops as to who is a volunteer, or to anyone's disability. All are equal, and the focus is on bringing out our best selves, as we notice that we are all much more alike than we are different.
Goldmine Workshops are offered in 8-week cycles four times each year. Every series concludes with a performance for family and friends.
Some of the PACT community performs for residents of local nursing homes periodically throughout the year, where they experience the boost in self esteem that comes from bringing joy to the lives of others through the expression of their artistic talents.
We thank our generous donors:
The City of Encinitas and the Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program (multi-year funding)
The Puffin Foundation (multi-year funding)
Area Board 13 of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (multi-year funding)
The California Arts Council and National Arts and Disability Center at UCLA (multi-year funding)
The Sidney Stern Memorial Trust
The Nordson Corporation Foundation
Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism
Transformational Trust, Inc. (multi-year funding)
The Foundation for Developmental Disabilities
The National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR) (multi-year funding)
Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the National Foundation for Autism Research. * * * * * * * * *
PACT is proud of its collaboration with Girl Scouts San Diego. We provide theatre and dance/life skills workshops to Girl Scout troops throughout the county.
Though we welcome everyone, most of those with unique needs that we serve are on the autism spectrum. We have found theatre to be especially effective in teaching them life and social skills. Many with autism seem to thrive in an artistic environment.
Our programs provide an opportunity for them to study and express theatre. music, and dance, and learn skills from the modeling of their typical peers that help them succeed in all areas of their lives.
Our goal is to encourage self esteem, cooperation, fitness, and creativity in individuals with disabilities.
Our goal is also to foster understanding and appreciation for diversity in our community, which is perhaps the best gift we can give to those with unique needs.
PACT programs create a safe space to develop artistic talents, learn vital life skills, make new friends, and have fun.
Do you know of a child, teen, or adult who would benefit from inclusive performing arts workshops? How about you? People of all abilities and ages enjoy our programs, and we are always looking for good volunteers.
PACT is proud to be an affiliate of KIT (Kids Included Together) and has received the benefit of four years of their excellent training on best practices for providing a truly inclusive program, and for serving those with disabilities.
We welcome feedback.
Contact Kathryn Campion, PACT's Executive Director: email@example.com or call 760-815-8512 for more information.
PACT Goldmine Inclusive Workshops are offered at Dance North County, 535 Encinitas Blvd., Suite 101, Encinitas, CA. 92024
Please note that the above address is the location of our programs, not our office address. (See 'How You Can Help' page for office address.)