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Ben Saypol warms up audience members before an Interactive Theater performance.

The following is the typical format of an Interactive Theater performance:


  • Facilitators introduce themselves and the format.
  • Facilitators review ground rules for discussion and warm-up audience.

Scripted Scene

  • Audience watches the scripted scene, a realistic situation where characters experience a series of conflicts.
  • Scene ends in a crisis for all the characters, priming the stage for the audience interaction.

Audience Interaction

  • Audience has the opportunity to interact with the characters on stage (actors remain in role). Different techniques are used so that audience members can question and challenge the characters about what they did in the scene and why — both from their seats or up on stage according to their comfort level
  • As a result, audience members explore and learn the motivations of the characters and can challenge them around their attitudes and behaviors

Dialogue (can be conducted with the whole group and/or smaller breakout groups)

  • Audience members engage in a facilitated conversation where they share their reactions, perspectives, and solutions to what they have experienced.
  • Facilitators ask questions, highlight key ideas/themes, and share relevant information.


  • Facilitators create closure for the event while encouraging audience members to continue the conversation
  • Audience is educated as to the available community resources around the issues.

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