Young Actors Theatre is the largest youth theatre in Indianapolis and the only downtown theatre that produces original works by youth, for youth.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Young Actors Theatre is able to put on our largest-scale project to date: Love Over Dose, an intensive peer-to-peer theatrical project to address the opioid overdose epidemic in Indiana.
For several years, Young Actors Theatre has specialized in original plays by youth that address social issues that affect youth, like bullying, anxiety, and social media. While we have addressed drug abuse before, Love Over Dose is an expansion of scale and timeframe that will greatly increase our efficacy as a grassroots intervention in how Indianapolis youth view drugs, addiction, and recovery.
Opioid addiction and overdose are especially present on the minds of YAT staff and students because of Executive Director Justin Wade’s personal experience as a homeless heroin addict in Indianapolis for ten years. YAT’s original style of theatre, Self-Empowerment Theatre, is the combination of Justin’s theatrical training at YAT in the ’80s and ’90s, his experiences as a leader in the Indianapolis punk rock scene as a young adult, and the skills he developed to survive and overcome his addiction.