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    Our Mission

    The mission of Claude McNeal Productions is “to inspire and transform lives and cultural organizations through the energizing power of theatre and of theatre-related educational programming, while creating timely and relevant original works that enhance and stimulate the performing arts in Central Indiana.”

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    What People Say

    "One of the most important success stories in American theatre."

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    The Indianapolis Star

    “The interactive approach ACT OUT uses to engage the audience is crucial. ACT Out does it better than anyone”

    Mary Ellen Hanson Associate Principal Dakota Ridge High School, Littleton Colorado

    “A prime example of a theatre that’s as creative in any state, and probably the best developed social consciousness of them all.”

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    “ACT Out represents peers educating peers, using artistic presentation as a tool. It’s a visual, interactive method that gets people’s attention and makes them think.”

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    Nancy Maylath Director of Health Promotion Purdue University

    “ACT Out is such a unique program, and we immediately saw the benefits of having ACT Out as part of our training opportunities. It’s live, interactive and a great way to really get the conversation started on best practices for dealing with issues relating to diversity, equity and inclusivity. Your facilitator and team of actors are so passionate about what they do, and as educators, that is so important.”

    Shon D. Harris Manager of Equity Advancement Indianapolis Public Schools

    “Communications I have received post your troupe’s performances have been stellar! Feedback received from both Board members and our staff have been nothing but positive, as each group expressed how much they enjoyed the interactive learning experience. I have highly recommended your group to several of my DEI colleagues who have inquired on diversity, equity, and inclusion training for their respective organization.”

    Warren Dukes, PhD Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion United Way of Central Indiana

    “I saw the eager participation and engagement from my students. The smaller group sizes gave many students an avenue to open up and share their thoughts and problem solving in response to the different situations. It was insightful to hear our students break down their thought processes for their solutions and work through obstacles that the actors presented. Overall, I was highly impressed with the quality of the program, and I think the uniqueness of having real life responses incorporated into a lesson helps this type of curriculum to be impactful in a way that many others cannot be.”

    Jourdan Dixon School Counselor Harshman Middle School

    “I’m always looking for outside organizations to speak to our students about relevant issues that they can learn from in an engaging and interactive way. When ACT Out came across my email, I was very excited to have them come and present to our freshman! As I was talking to other teachers and staff about the program, all of them spoke highly of the performances and said that they couldn’t wait to see them again, I knew this was a good sign! I will be scheduling another time for ACT Out to come out to our school for the next school year and address different topics. What a fun and interactive way to engage students and teach them coping skills!

    Kelly Whitfield, M.S. School Counselor Arsenal Tech High School

    “ACT Out’s programming was very engaging, and their energy was what our students needed. They helped our students tackle some large social and emotional issues using acting. Teachers and staff need community support in educating our students’ social and emotional brains. We are lucky to have them!”

    Hailey Butchart, LCSW Global Prep Academy

    “ROOTS is a day treatment program within IPS. We serve students with mental illness and trauma. This program helped teach our students through various role plays. The actors were professional and interactive with the students. The students were interested in the topics discussed and engaged in the presentation. They enjoyed talking directly with the actors about better choices they could have made during the role play. Our students really enjoyed this program!”

    Laura Kolbus Social Worker ROOTS Program

    “I am a HUGE fan of Act Out!! They came to Jordan YMCA summer camp once a week and performed SEL skits. The skits were very age appropriate and provided a different approach to teaching children important Social Emotional Learning issues. The actors were very engaging with the kids and made it fun!”

    Jean Stanley Site Director Arthur Jordan YMCA
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