Paul Creative Arts Center
30 Academic Way
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824
PowerPlay Interactive Development
Observe. Interact. Replay.
What we do
PowerPlay is a University of New Hampshire sponsored business that utilizes specially designed applied theatre models to address issues around personal and professional development. We use Interactive Theatre as a method to spark dialogue and improve institutional climate and culture. PowerPlay has created performance models for a range of issues including sexual harassment prevention, leadership training for police, fire and school administrators and facilitation for municipal officials. In addition PowerPlay has developed and performed pieces focusing on equitable hiring practices and academic leadership, and served businesses and non-profits around the country.
How we work
Dynamic facilitation fused with highly trained professional actors realistically-acted scenarios. Our unique process allows participants to dig into the motivations, actions, and inner thoughts of characters grappling with tough decisions, problems, and behaviors found in their institution’s hierarchy, history, and culture. Participants can interact with characters and scenarios in a variety of ways, all from the comfort of their chair.
Who we serve
- Academic Institutions
- Private Businesses
- Municipal & Government Bodies
- Non-Profit Groups
- Social Service Organizations
- Medical Institutions
- Human Resources Departments
What we offer
- Leadership Training
- Professional Development
- Improv Workshops for Creative Team Building
- Trained Talent for Occupational Role Playing
For more information, contact:
Program Manager – PowerPlay Interactive Development
Our Method – The Interactive Playback Lab
Role Play is an often used method to help build professional skills. We believe that this approach can be limited in its effectiveness as it relies on the ‘acting’ skills of the participants to portray the ‘characters’ in a given scenario. By using professional actors and improvisers, trained for this work, participants are able to examine and analyze themselves in an objective, new way.
Through Interactive Theatre elements, training participants are given the opportunity to use actors and scenes as a laboratory to experiment with various challenges that individuals may have actually confronted in their own work within their respective field.
Historically, theatre has been used to educate and inform, as well as entertain. A body of knowledge has emerged that shows Applied Theatre is an effective tool for education and learning in non-traditional theatre environments. The objective of Applied Theatre is to put the audience in the position of witness; to observe teachable moments in a safe, non-judgmental way and create opportunities for growth in areas such as professional development, conflict resolution, and social awareness and change.
Applied Theatre is one of the tools that corporations, organizations, and education institutions are looking to for new and more effective ways to train employees and students. Actors place the audience in an environment of heightened awareness of the issue being played out, allowing – for example – human resource workers to work through potentially difficult situations in a safe way before having to deal with the issue in the workplace.
Applied Theatre is designed to offer deeper insight and understanding of human relationships and behaviors and to make progress on the personal, workplace, or societal levels through a dynamic, interactive experience.
Paul Creative Arts Center