Downplaying the drama

our newest program


“Life, while it is happening to us, can seem random and undirected. It’s often only when we tell the story of what happened that some order can emerge from the abundant jumble of details and impressions." 

Downplaying the Drama promotes sustainable conflict prevention and a culture of peace through a participatory theater methodology called Drama for Conflict Transformation, or DCT. Drama for Conflict Transformation (DCT) is a unique people-to-people approach to peace education. DCT establishes a safe space to allow members of conflicting groups to break down barriers through personal contact and build strong personal relationships. This provides people with tools to identify and address issues of mutual concern, establishing a common ground for cooperation and coexistence while providing a vehicle for individuals to serve as peace promoters, advocating for a culture of peace.

key program areas

Improving relationships

  Youth are engaged in being the source of change.

  • A safe space- mentally, emotionally and physically
  • Trauma-informed practices
  • Bonding 
  • Physical safety

increasing good behavior

  Youth develop techniques to influence new thinking.

  • DCT training and social-emotional learning
  • Recognizing emotions
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Self-control

implementing life skills

  Youth progress in learning new skills and acquiring resources.

  • Ability to think ahead; positive belief in future
  • Conflict resolution
  • A decrease in social anxiety
  • Leadership skills

Taking a theater approach to conflict resolution

By developing short plays based on conflict issues and presenting them to their communities in interactive performances, youth are able to express themselves in a safe, peaceful and productive manner.

empowering our youth to reach their full potential

initial intermediate outcomes


  • Social support (Mentors)
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Increased School time
  • Positive beliefs about future
  • Skills for avoiding risky behaviors 
  • Emotional Responses

Long-term outcomes


  • High School Graduation
  • Gained skills
  • Non-violent/peace responses
  • No Juvenile Interaction
  • Leadership/Advocacy
  • Positive and Healthy Behaviors