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S.T.A.R. Theater

Dr. Cydelle Berlin, Founder & Executive Director, New York City

S.T.A.R. Theater (Serving Teens through Arts Resources) is an award-winning, nationally recognized, evidence-based multi-session peer education program, which addresses behaviors related to adolescent emotional and physical health.  Featuring an ensemble company trained as peer educators and advocates for young people, this theater-based program introduces the tools necessary to promote positive attitudes, build risk reduction skills, and link youth with health care and social services.

The S.T.A.R. Program was founded in 1989 in response to the escalating, but then unrecognized, HIV/AIDS epidemic among urban youth.  For 30 years S.T.A.R.'s edgy, engaging programming with full-length interactive theater performances and in-depth follow up facilitation workshops have served more than 2 million young people giving them the skills, confidence, and strategies they need to overcome a range of tough health and social issues.  S.T.A.R. takes on the issues of domestic and gang violence, cyber-bullying, healthy dating relationships, negotiating peer and partner pressure, deciding whether and with whom to have sex, gender roles and stereotypes, teen pregnancy prevention, teen parenting, HIV and STD's, sexual orientation, and substance use.  

To learn more and book S.T.A.R. visit our website

Sex and Other Matters of Life and Death

PBS Award Winning Documentary
by Roger Weisberg

A diverse group of talented teenage actors in New York use theatre to tell their fellow teens what their parents don't about sex, love and latex.  The real drama comes to life as the moving film reveals that the performers are dramatizing scenes on stage that are based on their own struggles growing up in the age of AIDS.  Dr. Cydelle Berlin and her daughter, Evan Ruderman, tell their deeply personal story of living with AIDS.

Video Subtitle

Dr. Cydelle Berlin and S.T.A.R. Theater and the AIDS Crisis Among Adolescents

Check out the Blog Post #TBT

Photo by Mary Ellen Mark

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