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Below you’ll find descriptions of our established, interactive scenes, and the primary questions we explore with participants during the facilitation process.

*Please note that we can also be hired to develop original scenes that revolve around the specific goals and needs of an individual group or organzation.  

“BOYS IN THE BREAKROOM” – Sexual Harassment & Hostile Work Environment

Claire, a graphic designer at BlueStone Advertising, is doing some work in the break room, when Mike and Ben start sharing graphic details of Mike’s weekend escapes at a bachelor party.  Claire is clearly uncomfortable, but as a relatively new employee, she is afraid to makes waves, and her subtle attempts to shut their conversation down are unsuccessful.  When Angie, another employee, joins in with the boys, Claire reaches her breaking point and leaves the room.  In the hallway, she confesses to her colleague Lynette, that the “locker room talk” at work has been interfering with her ability to concentrate and get her work done. But when Claire expresses a desire to talk to management, Lynette warns her that any attempt to speak up would “end badly,” and Claire is left feeling confused and trapped.

Primary Questions Explored Through Facilitation

  • What is Sexual Harassment?
  • What is Hostile Work Environment and how is it different from Quid Pro Quo?
  • What kinds of behaviors may be considered unlawful?
  • How do these behaviors affect people in the workplace?
  • What kind of attitudes and values contribute to a work environment where these behaviors are acceptable?
  • Why are victims afraid to speak up?
  • What are your organization’s policies around sexual harassment and where can you go for more information?  
  • Who can you talk to if you feel you are being harassed?

“GREAT EXPECTATIONS” – Sexual Assault on Campus

When Carrie, a college Freshman, is asked by Richard, a junior, to go to a frat party with him, Carrie and her best friend, Gina, are ecstatic.  Not only is Richard popular and well-liked, but he is also incredibly hot!  The two girls talk about the fun Carrie will have, while Richard and his friend Freddy discuss Richard’s plans for the evening: dinner, clubbing, grab a few drinks, then head back to the frat house for the party.  At the Frat, and after several beers, Richard misreads Carrie’s flirting, kissing, and willingness to go up to his room as an invitation to have sex – – and in the heat of the moment, he ignores Carrie’s pleas to stop. Later, when Carrie tells Gina what happened, Gina responds with disbelief.  In an effort to protect Carrie from ridicule, she encourages Carrie to keep her story a secret.  This scene freezes at various points to allow for discussion and hot-seating around the issues below.

Primary Questions Explored Through Facilitation:

  • What is Rape?  What is Sexual Assault?  Who is responsible when it occurs?
  • What’s the different between consent and cooperation?  What is Affirmative Consent?  
  • How do stereotypes about gender roles affect our attitudes and behaviors? 
  • What attitudes/myths contribute to sexual assault and rape?  Where do these attitudes from? How can we combat them?
  • How does alcohol affect sexual decision-making?
  • What is a helpful and supportive way to respond when someone discloses that they have been sexually assaulted or raped?
  • Where can victims and their friends/family go for counseling and support?

“IN THE THICK OF IT” – Diversity and Inclusion in the Higher Education Classroom

When Lizzy attempts to lead her undergraduate biology section, she has trouble managing the diverse needs of her students.  Ryan seems bored and uninterested; Jasmine is afraid to speak up for fear of being wrong; Andres struggles to speak English, relying on his friend Mari to interpret for him;  Olivia has moderate hearing loss and loses focus when she arrives late and can’t find a seat up front; AJ is a fast-paced bio wiz who dominates discussion;  Brandon needs additional time to process information but has not shared details of his learning needs with with Lizzy, who assumes he doesn’t understand what’s going on. This scene illuminates issues related to unconscious bias, language barriers, learning styles and disabilities, assumptions, inappropriate comments, differences in personality and experience, and other barriers to creating a safe space for participation.  

Primary Questions Explored Through Facilitation:

  • How do diversity issues (race, gender, culture, language, disability, etc) affect the classroom environment?
  • What assumptions do we make about others based on race, gender, sexuality, culture, etc., and how do those assumptions affect our behavior?
  • What is unconscious bias?
  • How does empathy impact our teaching skills?
  • What can we do to promote inclusivity and encourage participation?

“CAUGHT IN THE CULTURE” – Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Becky, a young graphic artist, is thrilled when her supervisor selects her for a special project.  Not only will she be working with one of the company’s biggest clients, but the project will allow her to branch into web design, which is her real passion.  Her excitement wanes, however, when she finds out she will be working on a two-person team with Jake Peterson, a senior account manager whose flirtatious attention on her makes her feel uneasy.  Becky apprehensively agrees to the project, but when Jake’s comments and actions blur the line between business and pleasure, she finds herself increasingly anxious and unable to concentrate.  After seeking advice from a colleague, who warns her against contacting HR, Becky is faced with a difficult decision – should she endure Jake’s behavior to protect her career, or speak up and risk the consequences?

Primary Questions Explored Through Facilitation:

  • What is sexual harassment? Hostile work environment?  Quid Pro Quo?
  • What kinds of behaviors may be considered unlawful?
  • How does sexual harassment affect people in the workplace?
  • What are your organization’s policies around sexual harassment and where can you go for more information?
  • Who can you talk to if you feel you are being harassed?