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About ACT Out

Founded in 1995, ACT Out, a program of non-profit Claude McNeal Productions, has helped transform the lives of more than 550,000 people through the unique power of live social issues theatre. We have performed for schools, universities, corporations, hospitals, government agencies and various community organizations nationwide. ACT Out addresses the most pressing and complex issues facing students and adults today and encourages participants to embrace individualized solutions.

The interaction between students and actors was phenomenal.  Students were engaged and their questions were thought-provoking."

Jennifer Tackett

Elwood Jr./Sr. High School

What People Think About ACT Out


Programs for Schools

The ACT Out ensemble of actors uses scripted scenarios generated
to meet students’ needs and transforms it into improvisational, interactive theater. In the 30- to 45-minute show, the action freezes in the midst of an issue and students are asked to provide suggestions on how to resolve the current conflict before the play resumes. Students gain active participation in identifying issues and triggers and learning skills to deal with conflicts and handling emotions.

Cyberbullying Prevention

In 2021, thanks to generous support from Lilly Endowment, Claude McNeal Productions’ ACT Out social issue theatre program became evidence-based in cyberbullying prevention.

* The study was based on a 19-month evaluation process overseen by a team of external researchers from Prevention Insights at Indiana University School of Public Health Bloomington. The procedure included a pre-registered, published protocol and a rigorous randomized controlled trial, which is the gold standard of intervention evaluation.

Full results from our published article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research-Mental Health can be found HERE, but highlights from the study concluded:

  • An approximate 20% reduction rate in cyberbullying incidents for students who participated.
  • A fidelity rating of meeting teacher expectations of 97%-100%.
  • Positive student feedback.
  • A “turn-key” program with minimal teacher preparation time needed.



ACT Out Programs for Organizations

ACT Out programming can be applied in professional settings by
working with companies and community organizations to help
their employees communicate effectively, explore responses to a
variety of situations in a safe environment, foster honest conversations about dealing with conflict, and encourage collaborative problem solving.
We work directly with your organization to tailor the content of
our presentations to your programs and policies.

An example of topics covered:

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – creating a positive workplace culture
  • Customer service
  • Anger management           
  • Sexual discrimination & harassment in the workplace *ACT Out Corporate Brochure
  • Gender Identity & the use of pronouns *ACT Out Corporate Flyer  
  • Cultural appreciation
  • Active shooter situations, workplace safety
  • Interview readiness

ACT Out Programs Promote:

  • Self-acceptance & confidence
  • Empathy
  • Reducing prejudice
  • Global citizenry
  • Collaboration & respect
It was quite evident that this performance will have positive, I have highly recommended your group to several of my DEI colleagues who have inquired on diversity, equity, and inclusion training for their respective organizations.

Warren Dukes, PhD

Vice President DEI United Way of Central Indiana

ACT Out can tailor our presentations to
accommodate your organization.

To set up in your area, contact
For questions call 1 800-558-6620

ACT Out Programs for Public Safety Professionals

Since 2008, a health and human service initiative developed by the Indiana Drug Enforcement Association and approved by the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy has partnered our ACT Out social issues  improv theatre with the Indiana State Police to provide a unique way of presenting state mandated training for all new police officers, creating interactive and entertaining two-hour programs that covers the following mandate areas:
  • Domestic Violence
  • Hazardous Materials 
  • SIDS
  • Blood Borne Pathogens
  • Mental Illness
  • Human Trafficking
  • Autism
  • De-escalation
  • Alzheimer’s