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Funding for ACT programs is available through the Arts & Science Council

ACT is proud to be a provider in the Arts & Science Education Provider Directory.  The ASC funds ACT programs for schools in Mecklenburg County.   Workshops and  Residencies.

Please see this link for more information on how you can obtain funding for your school.

ACT offers workshops in Shakespeare, Team Building, Improvisation and a history writing acting curriculum titled, 'We Are..Children of' (For example: the Mills, the Holocaust, Ancient Greece, the Revolutionary War or your choice)    A description of the programs ACT offers may be found using this link. 


The best opportunity I could give my students was bringing Dr. Wrenn Goodrum into the classroom.  Wrenn provided an engaging, captivating, informative and emotional experience with ‘We Are:  Children of the Holocaust’  After Wrenn gave an impactful presentation of Holocaust history, students relived moments of the Holocaust through improvisation, and were given the unique experience of writing a monologue from a Holocaust victim’s perspective.  This was an incredible experience, very important theatre, and Wrenn provided a safe, informative environment for my students.  I highly recommend Dr. Wrenn Goodrum and this experience!

Laura Meyce Boyce

Drama Teacher for Mint Hill Middle School

Acting Classes for Seniors 55+


 ACT will design a theatre program        especially for your community.

“Senior Theatre – Theatre specifically for, by and with senior citizens is relatively new to this area” says teacher/director Dr. Wrenn Goodrum.  “The benefits of participation are more than mere entertainment.  Statistics have proved that participation in theatre arts has significant health benefits – physical, mental, psychological and cultural as well as social.”    Barbara Johnson, a former student says, “I had forgotten how much fun acting can be. Becoming another character even for a few minutes enlightens the soul. Learning to improvise keeps your mind and limbs limber and active. Meeting new friends and laughing keeps the heart light. It was a truly rewarding experience and every senior should take an acting class.”


LIfe Stories * From Page to Stage
LOL * Laugh Out Loud:  Improvisation
Readers Theatre
Let  ACT Design a Program for Your Community


I can't say enough about how enriched we are to have ACT and your talents to inspire us each month.  Your programs captivate us in our imaginations, lift us up in encouragement and empower us in motivation to explore, learn and create each moment to be the special people we are.  We look forward to each class we have with ACT.  Love and many thanks from all of us.
Joanne Boles, Activities Director at  Brookdale Living - Weddington Park 

ACTing Coach for Auditions, Classes and Public Speaking

       ACTING and PUBLIC SPEAKING                                 COACH    

                For Youth and Adults

     Coaching Sessions for Auditions,            Private Acting lessons and 

                      Public Speaking 

Students are first interviewed to access their skills. Dr. Goodrum and the student will then craft acting goals and an individual lesson plan is created contingent on the number of sessions agreed upon. Monologues are carefully chosen for each student based on their goals and skills. Sessions include vocal work, relaxation, confidence building, script analysis, breaking down the script into moments/thoughts/beats and objectives. In addition, students learn how to audition with mono-logues (contemporary and classical), songs or cold readings.

Public Speaking in School or Business.

Speaking in public for five or five thousand people can be frightening. Dr. Goodrum will assess the strengths and weaknesses of each student as they present their report, speech or presentation and then craft an individual coaching plan contingent on the number of sessions agreed upon. Theater-based techniques are used to improve focus, relaxation, confidence, vocal skills, body language, storytelling and audience connection to deliver a memorable report, speech or presentation.

Dr. Wrenn Goodrum has taught and directed  for over 30 years. She was the Artistic/Executive Director and Founder of Rhode Island's award-winning, All Children's Theatre, for over 22 years. Upon her move to North Carolina she started Activate Community through Theatre (ACT). She studied acting in London under directors/actors from the National Theatre, Rose Bruford College, Central Academy of Dramatic Arts, Young Vic and the Royal Shakespeare Company. She is a graduate of the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts. Dr. Goodrum received an Honorary Doctorate in Pedagogy from Rhode Island College as well as numerous awards for directing and service to the Rhode Island community. She has coached youth for their auditions to the Northwest School of the Arts and the Central Academy of the Arts & Technology (CATA) as well as students auditioning for college theatre arts programs and students requesting private acting les-sons and public speaking.