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Everybody’s Doin’ It

Interactive Theater Based Peer Education

S.T.A.R. at the Director’s Company presents Everybody’s Doin’ It

Everybody's Doin' It - STAR - Interactive Peer Based Theater Education


Everybody’s Doin’ It, but what’s “it”?

An interactive theatre piece about decision-making, negotiation, HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, bullying and peer pressure.

S.T.A.R. uses the performing arts and peer education to help young people make informed decisions, providing options for changing attitudes and prejudices, and creating opportunities for promoting healthy behaviors. It is built on the belief that a significant impact on adolescents is possible only if young people have comprehensive understanding about the issues they face growing up in today’s world.

S.T.A.R. is  a nationally recognized, evidence-based, intensive multi-session peer theater education project that comprehensively addresses behaviors which place adolescents at risk for HIV and a host of critical health and social problems.

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Dr. Cydelle Berlin, Founder, STAR

Dr. Cydelle Berlin, Founder

Dr. Cydelle Berlin founded STAR Theatre in 1987 and is the Executive Director/Producer of The S.T.A.R. Program.  S.T.A.R. is a national multi-component theater based Health Promotion and Education program for young people, parents and providers which includes direct service, training, and technical assistance.

An internationally recognized expert in the field of Adolescent Sexuality, Dr. Berlin holds a Ph.D. from New York University in Health Education and Human Sexuality, with a specialty in Adolescent Development and Sexuality. She also holds a Master level degree in Communication Technology from New York University .

Dr. Berlin is also the co-founder of the Adolescent AIDS Prevention Program at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Adolescent Health Center where she was the co-director of the program and the Executive Producer of STAR Theatre for 11 years. (1987-1998).

Dr. Berlin and the program have received numerous national and local awards for innovation in the field of peer education, educational theater and sexuality education for young people. In 1996, PBS produced an award winning film called “Sex and Other Matters of Life and Death” about Dr. Berlin and her program. She is also the winner of a national CableAce for best television programming for a cable series on adolescent sexuality topics that she wrote, produced and hosted called “On the Edge”. Most recently Dr. Berlin produced S.T.A.R.’s Off-Broadway show “Sex and Other Matters: The Reality Show at Theatre 3 in Manhattan .

In addition to her work with S.T.A.R., Dr. Berlin consults with many organizations nationally and internationally, on adolescent sexuality, HIV and on the use of innovative methodology. Among her many consultations, she works with the United Nations (UNFPA) where she trains young professionals from the regions of North and Eastern Europe on adolescent sexuality and the use of theater as an educational tool. She and her colleague, Ken Hornbeck wrote a manual on developing educational theater, which is being used by the United Nations. She has also been a presenter or a keynote speaker at dozens of regional and national conferences and meetings.

Leah Michalos, Program Director STAR

Leah Michalos, Program Director

MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to working at TDC, Ms. Michalos was the editor of fzine, an arts and literary journal for youth based in the School of Art Institute of Chicago where she frequently collaborated with art educators in the Chicago Public Schools to bring arts to the classroom, among various other projects.  Ms. Michalos also served as Education Director for O’Neill at Yale/Playwrights Theater of New York, heading the “chain-of-mentorship” between professional playwrights, playwrights at Yale, and aspiring playwrights in the New Haven Public School system.  Ms. Michalos oversees all aspects of management for S.T.A.R. at The Directors Company.

Cheryl Paley, Artistic Director STAR

Cheryl Paley, Artistic Director

A native of Chicago, Ms. Paley began directing original issue-based theatre twenty two years ago. She is a founding director and acted as Stage Director for the NYC Board of Education SPARK Program’s Arts-in-Counseling Team. In that capacity she directed their youth theatre, SPARK Peer Players for eleven seasons. In addition, she created their adult ensemble, Family Arts Forum, for which she acted as Artistic Director for five seasons, creating and directing over 30 original short plays. This is her twelfth season as Artistic Director for The S.T.A.R. Program. She has coordinated the writing process and directed their productions of Am I Normal, Everybody’s Doin’ It, Reality Show, The Rec, Reality Show IPV and Drama dot com for school-based audiences and The Living Quilt, Whatchalookinat and Pandemic for adult, community-based audiences.

Special projects include New York University and Fordham University orientation shows, World AIDS Day at the United Nations and at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Rainbow Warriors Youth Theatre for the Ethical Culture Society of Teaneck, New Jersey and Under the Veil for both TE’A Project New York and Mind The Art Entertainment’s Anthologie at La Mama, as well as 3 productions of Vagina Monologues for The Center for Comprehensive Care. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from Northwestern University and a Master’s Degree from the NYU Gallatin School. Cheryl is also a contributing writer and Editor for International Family Magazine ( and their New Global Family series.

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Terrence Taylor, Company Manager

Terrence has been working with S.T.A.R. since his years in high school. Terrence has worked as an Actor/Educator as well as a facilitator for numerous S.T.A.R. interventions. A graduate of the “FAME” Performing Arts High School in New York City , he has appeared Off-Broadway, and in film and television. Terrence also works with Zinc as a Life Skills facilitator/actor for the NFL and NBA.

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S.T.A.R., a nationally recognized, evidence-based, intensive multi-session peer theater education project that comprehensively addresses behaviors which place adolescents at risk for HIV and a host of critical health and social problems. S.T.A.R.’s mission is to utilize the performing arts to educate young people about physical and emotional health and sexuality, promote healthy attitudes, build risk reduction skills, link youth with health care and social services, and to impact on behaviors that threaten to undermine their healthy development. The program also helps parents and professionals to better understand and more effectively communicate with young people.

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Sample Curriculum- Fall 2015 Live-Streamed Educational Theater Festival

Curriculum for each show will be tailored to Common Core and/or TEKS standards.

Each show’s curriculum will include several theme specific activities designed to ignite the student’s interest in, and understanding of, the major themes of each play.

Each activity is designed to encompass between 3 and 5 classroom periods.

The students will read the play and cite strong textual evidence to support their analysis of the theme, conflict and characterization in the play. They will explain the development of the theme, in the text, including how it builds and leads to a climax.

The students will analyze the structure of the play including the author’s choices of where to begin and end the play, the choice of comedy or tragedy and imagine the play in a different genre. How would that change it?

The students will discuss their point of view derived from the text and explain how they developed that point of view using the text as evidence.

Activity #1
The students will engage in a discussion using different topics related to the theme of each play. They will prepare and present evidence from the text to support the topic to stimulate a range of ideas. Create questions to ask others. Ex. Romeo and Juliet. Theme-family dysfunction good or bad?

Activity #2
The student swill create a digital media presentation ( audio, visual) to enhance reasoning and evidence to support discussion based on theme, conflict and/or characterization.

Activity #3
The students will memorize and perform scenes from play demonstrating a command of the language.

This is a general sample of VirtualArts Education Curriculum. Detailed, play specific and age specific curriculum will be provided to each school/district upon enrollment.