5. Schedule Training 1


Training One

Training 1 should occur 1-3 months prior to your Semester 1 launch date. This ensures you have ample time to recruit and prepare for your program after learning everything you need to know for a successful launch.

Send an email to Info@PEOPLELIKEUSDoc.com with 3-5 dates that everyone on your Creative Team is available to attend the 2-day training.  Our team will then respond with a confirmed date for your on-site training.


The following topics will be covered in Training 1:

·      How to Cast Appropriately

·      Tell the Troupe

·      Production: Start to Finish

·      Read-throughs

·      Simultaneous Rehearsals

·      Troupe Discussions & Activities

·      Set Design

·      Costuming

·      Props

·      Sound and Lighting

·      Pre-Tech Check

·      Final Rehearsals

·      Budgeting

·      Using the Online Portal

·      Customizing Resources

·      Accessing and Sharing Music

·      Choreography Videos

·      Determining Your Program Schedule

·      Determining Your Rehearsal Schedule

·      Applications and Administration 

·      Forms and Waivers

·      Recruiting TAs

·      About Your Guide

·      Working Alongside

·      Preparing Your Program

·      Team Dynamics

·      Embracing the Process

·      Orienting Parent Expectations

·      Setting the Culture

·      Effective Rehearsal Strategies

·      Developing Social Skills

·      Cultivating Connection

·      Drama Therapy

·      Combating Anxiety

·      Teaching Music

·      Teaching Choreography

·      Teaching Blocking

·      How to Run Rotations

·      Including TAs

·      Troupe Member’s Introduction

·      About Folklore and Fairy Tales

·      Plays vs. Musicals

·      Score Overview

·      Adaptations


Training 1 provides you with the education, curriculum, scripts, score, choreography, costume designs, set designs, marketing, and other digital resources required to run your first two 12-16 week programs. At the conclusion of your second program, your troupe will perform an informal showcase for family and friends. This allows your Creative Team, troupe, TAs, and general volunteers to experience all aspects of putting on a performance in a low-risk way.

Your Creative Team has continued access to PEOPLE LIKE US coaches through both over-the-phone and digital Benchmark Assessments.

These regular conversations provide PEOPLE LIKE US with the necessary insight required to ensure your program’s smooth functioning.

Additional check-ins beyond those listed can be scheduled by the Director for no additional cost. Additional on-site coaching from PLU can be arranged at an additional cost.

Training Two

Training 2 will be scheduled at a later time for the start of your second year. This 1-2 day training supplements your Creative Team’s PLU Theater education through the following workshops:

·      Publicity Training

·      Connect with the Community (Publicity, Social Media)

·      Connect with PLU (Licensing, Culture, Standards)

·      Grants, Donors, and Funding

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In addition, Training 2 includes an afternoon workshop for your troupe’s TAs. This fun, immersive workshop provides your TAs with a greater understanding of their peers with intellectual disabilities and helps them to explore the micro and macro level impact they can have in their community.

Check-ins and Benchmark Assessments will continue throughout Program 3 and Program 4. Both programs will conclude with a Folklore and Fairy Tale production.

At your final production, your troupe will be evaluated for PLU Theater Certification, so you may continue as a PLU Theater Affiliate after the 2-year implementation and therefore qualify for additional consultation and resources as you continue your program.