"When..." was created after an outreach of college students came forward looking for an alternative way to take back their voice and make a difference around sexual assault awareness.
After speaking at a Take Back The Night event, founder Megan Rae, was approached by numerous students looking for advice on how to support a loved one, resources on where to go, and victims/survivors looking for a safe environment to share their experiences. Hosting a BA in Theatre Performance and an MA in Gender and Women's Studies, Rae launched "When..." as an interactive theatre performance.
"I realized it wasn't only the violence one had experienced, but the double victimization of a victim by a society that really didn't know how to support them or even have the skill set. It had to be a larger cultural conversation."
Shortly after the success of touring the theatre production, Rae expanded to provide presentations and professional training on a variety of topics:
Gender Based Violence
Eating Disorders and Trauma
Theatre of the Oppressed
Sticking to the interactive method of education, Rae positions her methodology in valuing the voices of the marginalized communities through critical thinking, active discussion, and improvisational role playing. Rae has presented in arena's such as the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault annual conference, 40 hour advocacy training for sexual assault advocates, numerous college and education settings for students, and training peer educators on how to make further impact through interactive training.
" When...'" is successful because it creates a safe space for people to grapple with ideas and practice interventions for real life situations.