Center for Arts in Medicine

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Theatre Connect Fall 2021 | Tuesday Nights | Sep 21 - Nov 9 | 6:30-8:15p EST

Theatre Connect Fall 2021 Hybrid Season

Join us Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:15 pm, from September 21 - November 9! This 12th season of Theatre Connect will happen hybrid in-person @ the Hippodrome TheatreZoom online! 

Choose your preference for in-person or online participation when registering. All participants will have the chance to interact with one another playing games specially designed for this hybrid season. In-person participants must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask while indoors at all times.

Explore theatre and meet new friends in an LGBTQIA+ affirming environment. Fall Season Registration is FREE, due September 19.

Program Details


The UF Center for Arts in Medicine created Theatre Connect in the Summer of 2017 as a unique theatrical adventure for LGBTQ+ teens in partnership with the UF Health Youth Gender Program. This program has grown and evolved over 12 seasons to what it is today: an after-school LGBTQ+ affirming theatre group that combines games and exercises with storytelling and discussion to build a safe, friendly, and creative community!

All of our Theatre Connect crew are trained theatre professionals and are background checked by the University of Florida Office of Youth Compliance Services to preserve our participants' wellbeing and safety. While Theatre Connect is not a therapy or support group, we do everything we can to protect the well-being of our cast during rehearsals. That's why we partner with the UF College of Education Mental Health Counselor Training program to ensure every activity is co-facilitated by a mental health counselor who can provide mental health first-aid, confidential on-demand counseling, and referrals as needed.

No previous theatre experience is required to join our cast and all abilities are welcome. Please click here to register!

All participants must attend the first Tuesday of the season to secure their spot in the cast. We cannot allow participants to join without online registration, a signed liability form, and first-day attendance.


Every season of Theatre Connect begins with the cast members (participants) "making the rules" for our group. These group agreements give each teen a voice in building our safe and supportive environment. The cast also develops individual goals to help guide the crew in selecting the activities for weekly rehearsals. Theatre Connect emphasizes voluntary participation, self-care, and fun. Activities may include:

  • Improvisational theatre
  • Story-telling and world-building
  • Character development
  • Costume and prop design
  • Confidence-building and stage presence
  • Playwriting and dialogue
  • Directing and team-building

At the end of each eight-week season, we produce an invite-only Showcase where the cast shares what they've learned and direct their friends and family members through their favorite games and scenes. We look forward to having you join our cast!


IMPORTANT: Please complete the following steps to register for Theatre Connect

  1. Complete the online registration form.
  2. Sign liability waiver and photo release; check participant and first emergency contact email(s) one week before the first Tuesday of the season.
  3. Attend the first night of Theatre Connect to secure your spot in the cast. There's no audition or theatre experience needed, simply show up to secure your spot!

NOTE: We cannot admit participants who do not complete all three steps above.

Time & Location
  • Time/Day: 6:30-8:15pm EST | Tuesday Nights, Sep 21 - Nov 9
  • Hybrid Locations: Hippodrome Theatre Basement Floor (In-Person) / Zoom (Online)
  • The program is FREE of charge.
COVID-19 Precautions

Recognizing the latest surge in new cases we are taking the following precautions to prevent transmission of COVID-19.

  • Follow all Alachua County School and Hippodrome guidelines for infection prevention
  • Requiring all in-person cast (students) and crew (staff) to be fully vaccinated
  • Requiring all in-person cast (students) and crew (staff) to wear masks while indoors at all times
  • Limiting in-person class size (in-person registration slots are first-come, first-serve) and promoting social distancing
  • Encouraging regular hand-washing and hand-sanitization between activities
  • The Hippodrome may require a temperature check of all individuals entering the building
  • Event space and restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized per the Hippodrome's safety guidelines
  • Requiring any attendee or crew member with a known or suspected exposure or positive COVID-19 test to join us virtually until the CDC recommended 10-day isolation is completed

Everyone attending in person must provide proof of vaccination on the first day. If you are not vaccinated, we ask that you consider attending online rather than in person. If the Hippodrome or Alachua County Schools close in response to COVID-19 concerns or UF Health guidelines change, then the season will move entirely online until doors re-open. These guidelines are subject to change. In-person attendees who are unable to comply will be asked to attend online.


This FREE season of Theatre Connect is made possible thanks to the Bradley S. and Marta E. Pollitt Family and the generous contributions of the Marta & Bradley Pollitt Fund! We are also pleased to thank the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Satchel's Pizza, and the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine program for providing the program funding and resources which make this program possible.


If you'd like to support our program please contact with the subject, "Theatre Connect Donation" to become a sponsor or one-time donor.

Program Crew

  • Jeff Pufahl - Faculty Supervisor & Co-director
  • Camilo Reina Munoz - Co-director, MA Arts in Medicine
  • Dr. Hannah Bayne - Mental Health Counselor & Supervisor
  • Holland Hall - Co-facilitator, Mental Health
  • Luke Harness - Co-facilitator, Mental Health
  • Kylie Wheeler - Co-facilitator, Theatre Intern
  • Cai Husband - Peer Mentor

For more information, contact the Center for Arts in Medicine at or call 352.273.1488

This program is in compliance with the UF Office of Youth Compliance Services guidelines for youth protection and privacy:

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