People Like Vince by C.E.Gatchalian
Originally commissioned and produced by Green Thumb Theatre, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

People Like Vince is a play for elementary students that seeks to reduce the stigma of mental health issues through the social and emotional learning core competencies.

Myrtle is adjusting to life at her new school with guidance from her Uncle Vince. But sometimes, Uncle Vince’s behavior confuses Myrtle and even causes kids at school to make fun of her. When Myrtle learns about her uncle’s mental health issues, she remembers how he encouraged her to make new friends and believe in herself. She realizes Uncle Vince is her hero.

This 45 min program is immediately followed by an additional 25 minute follow-up workshop allowing students to explore empathy and the principles of social and emotional learning. Every student also receives a workbook with grade specific activities that build on themes from the play. All workbook activities are tied to Colorado Academic Standards.

Target audience: grades 2-6

Minimum size: 100 students         Maximum size: 250 students

Preferred performance area: Gym

Duration: 45 minutes, plus 90 mins for setup and 45 mins for tear down
Available Mondays and Fridays through 2017. Available any school day from January 3 – March 16, 2018.
Free to schools within Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s service area

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Social and Emotional Learning Core Competencies (click here to learn more)

The 25 minute post-play workshop provides an opportunity for the audience to explore the SEL Core Competencies of Self-Awareness, Social Awareness and Responsible Decision Making through the characters and the story of People Like Vince.

Why mental health stigma reduction?
“Stigma can be viewed as a social construct that is gradually developed over a lifetime. Initial conceptions of mental illness begin to emerge in elementary school, and are reinforced by peers, adult role models, and mass media portrayals.”

— Wilder Research, August 2009

“One in four people at some point in their life suffer from some kind of mental health disorder, such as depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, schizophrenia and anxiety.”

— National Association of Mental Illness

To schedule call 303.789.7143 or email