Under the guidance of the Shelby County Health Department, we have established important procedures for resuming events at the Orpheum Theatre and Halloran Centre. Read all of the details.

Everyone has a story. The Orpheum Theatre Group values all stories and believes in making space for those stories to be shared. When we share stories and listen deeply to one another, we are able to question, reflect, grow, learn, and lean into the future with a more shared human understanding. We are able to transform ourselves, our communities, and our world.

All of our ACTs of Engagement Programs are offered completely FREE. These programs are constantly in development throughout the year, so be sure to check this page often! For more information about ACTs of Engagement, email education@orpheum-memphis.com.

Our ACTs of Engagement programs include:

From Where I Stand

In From Where I Stand, the Orpheum Theatre Group undergoes deep collaboration with youth from a community or school organization who share their personal stories from their point of view. By collaborating in an artistic process, youth bring their individual perspectives together to create an original performance to share. By providing youth a platform and resources, we seek to elevate stories in our community and encourage dialogue and transformation through the power of the arts. Learn More >


In spring 2021, From Where I Stand will continue its partnership with the Refugee Empowerment Program.

Listen Up!

In the Listen Up! program, participants collaborate in storytelling by making documentary films. Listen Up! engages participants from partnering organizations in a journey of self-discovery by using a variety of creative activities and artistic mediums. Listen Up! makes space for participants to speak openly, to listen deeply, to operate equipment, to perform post-production editing, and to create soundtrack recordings, exposing students to various aspects of filming, both on and off camera. Learn More >


Listen Up! is now accepting applications for students in grades 9-12 for the spring 2021 program! Learn more or submit an application by Dec. 4, 2020.

Please note that Listen Up! is a free program that requires no prior experience in storytelling or filmmaking; however, students are asked to submit a fully completed application for consideration.

Previous ACTs of Engagement have also included:

2019: History Around Memphis Poetry Slam

A live poetry event to engage the entire community in the lead up to Memphis performances of the revolutionary Broadway Musical HAMILTON.

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