"Working with others is essential because one can only grow as a person
when one learns to communicate."

"You have taught me that in life everyone at times will need someone’s help.
I will not be embarrassed to ask for it. For that I am grateful."

"I’ve learned how preparation is crucial because it helps you be more responsible."

"I’ve learned more things that I should do to prepare myself for an interview."

"The most useful aspect was learning how to speak up in life, how to ask for help."


The human experience has changed dramatically since technology has become embedded in our personal and professional lives. As a result we can often find ourselves unconsciously distracted, multi-tasking or functioning in fragments. With all the new issues there are still ways to navigate the challenges and attain a positive growth process. CAP sessions help to explore and directly focus on common obstacles to achieving our greatest potential and raise the tough questions to encourage participants to develop positive solutions.

Through theme-based workshops, CAP uses interactive drama and skill–building strategies to capture a panoramic view of our society and zoom in on specific issues and behaviors that create challenges in our lives. These workshops provide a safe environment where participants carefully examine choices, decisions and consequences to raising awareness, discover solutions and promote problem solving, decision-making, critical thinking and self-advocacy skills to build confidence in achieving desired outcomes.

Recently, CAT developed new workshops addressing Title IX Sexual Harassment, adding to the menu of offerings ranging from Financial Literacy, College Readiness, Violence Prevention, Communication, Health and Wellness, Parenting in the 21st Century and Conflict-Resolution.


Current & Recent Partners include:


CUNY-CAT is an approved New York State Education Department Sponsor of Continuing Teacher & Leader Education (CTLE).

CUNY-CAT is an approved NYC DOE Vendor.


Also available: Professional Development, Master of Arts in Applied Theatre

Current workshops include:

A-GAME (Academic Enhancement)
Higher education is available, yet many have not taken advantage of it. This session engages participants through drama and skill-building activities to explore individual strengths and what it takes to succeed academically. Through this collective process, participants will discover strategies and resources to support their academic excellence.

CUNY’s policies prohibit sexual harassment and sexual violence of any kind. Through participatory strategies, this workshop will raise awareness of the boundaries, resources and protocol of Title IX policies in order to co-exist and be productive in a safe and secure academic environment.

“WHERE DOES MY MONEY GO?” (Financial Awareness)
Money is hard to manage, especially in one of the most expensive cities in the country. What are our attitudes regarding financial literacy and how we make and keep our money? We will explore these questions and expose what the wealthy already know about making and managing money, through interactive activities in this participatory workshop.

COMBAT CULTURE XL (Violence Prevention)
The inability to cope with war, gun violence, hate crimes and injustice has caused attitudes and behaviors that have negative effects on our society. This workshop examines the origins and consequences of a volatile environment and explores the skills needed to problem solve and prevent adverse consequences.

LAND OF THE FREE… (Health and Wellness)
How do we take care of ourselves as our mental, physical and emotional health are affected by struggles with education, healthcare, inequality, politics? This workshop explores the myths and challenges of living in a world in crisis. Through   interactive drama strategies we’ll  raise awareness, discover meaningful solutions and define what it takes to be healthy in America today.

Living online has become our societal norm. Technology has advanced faster than we can comprehend. Instant access, cyber-socialization and screen addiction are part of our everyday lives. We become vulnerable to a plethora of social issues that can hurt us. Join us as we explore solutions and best practices to effectively navigate the pros and cons of life in a cyber world.

Parenting in today’s society presents many challenges never imagined by former generations. This interactive workshop addresses common obstacles, including violence prevention, peer pressure, the generation gap, technology, risky behavior, and academic challenges, while exploring alternatives to reach positive outcomes.

College and Career Exploration
How does a high school senior prepare for college? This interactive session helps participants make better choices in their college and major selection for a future career. Through drama and skill-building activities, participants will discover the options and resources available to help them make informed decisions in their college and career exploration.

Overcoming Barriers (Conflict Resolution)
The process of graduating high school and entering college is filled with obstacles; however, with the right guidance, students can better navigate those challenges by accessing the right resources. This session helps students critically think about the choices, decisions and consequences of their own actions in terms of communication, resilience and self-efficacy to achieve their goals.

Interested in learning more or booking a workshop?
Email Keith Johnston, CAP Director.


CAP also provides a variety of Professional Development workshops. 

CUNY-CAT is an approved New York State Education Department Sponsor of Continuing Teacher & Leader Education (CTLE).

CUNY-CAT is an approved NYC DOE Vendor.

FY2017 Impact:

  • 1,304 Middle & High School Students
  • 5,428 College Students
  • 242 Incarcerated Youth and 273 Incarcerated Adults
  • 58 Sites, including 17 College Campuses, 22 High Schools and 1 Middle School; and 4 Rikers Island Detention Facilities, 3 Alternative Learning Centers, and 2 Transitional Housing Sites

95% of participating CUNY Students reported a clearer understanding of consent, after attending CAT’s Title IX workshops.

“I learned how important specificity is. I decided to go home and literally write my goals out to get a vivid image of my future. I need to start narrowing down my future because time is money. This was very motivational. I think it’s great that we discussed the basic issues of life because some things may be hard to endure because we haven’t taken time to reflect.”

“This should be a class. Many people face challenges every day and don’t know how to take the first step. This teaches life lessons.”

“I honestly learned to set up a plan and a back-up plan.”

“The workshop gave me different ideas of how you can contribute to your community as an individual.” 

– CUNY Students

“I am prepared to have the hard conversations. The workshop was very informative.”
– Participating Parent

Hear what our participants and partners are saying...

Program leaders at a partner social services agency reported that young single mothers’ critical thinking, decision making, job preparation, communication, and conflict resolution skills, and their sense of personal responsibility, improved after CAT’s Supporting Success workshops.

Teachers at Rikers Island reported improved student interpersonal, communication, anger management, and listening skills after CAT’s Supporting Success workshops.

CUNY faculty members reported improved student communication, critical thinking, and listening skills after CAT’s Success by Degrees workshops.

“You have taught me that in life everyone at times will need someone’s help.  I will not be embarrassed to ask for it.  For that I am grateful.”
- Student, College of Staten Island

“I loved that the students saw a familiar situation that they could easily relate to and were pushed to view it from a different perspective.”
- Faculty, Borough of Manhattan Community College

“I wish this particular workshop could become a required experience for every CUNY faculty, staff, student, administrator, so we in CUNY could become the catalyst for such discussion citywide, and nation-wide.”
- Professor, College of Staten Island

“The CAT CAP Team is so engaging, informative, and worthwhile. Their work provides a powerful connection with high school and college students. Addressed crucial issues related to students' obstacles in pursuing goals.”
-CUNY SUD All Staff Day Workshop Attendee


Priscilla Flores
Program Director

Priscilla Flores, a native New Yorker, currently participates in creating and delivering CAT programs for college students, incarcerated adolescents at Rikers Island, and parents and families in social service agencies and shelters.  She began her journey at CAT as a Scheduling Assistant, became Scheduling Coordinator, and then served for two years as both an Afterschool Actor-Teacher and a Program Manager, supporting the High School and College/Adult Programs.  Ms. Flores has performed Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway, in productions at Theatre for the New City (The Fake History of George the Last, Brunch at the Luthers, Bread and Puppet Theatre’s Divine Reality Comedy); Bronx Hispanic Festival (Tomando Café), NYC Fringe Festival (Evangeline); and others.  She joined CAT in 2004.


Temesgen Tocruray
Project Director

Temesgen has been a teaching artist on the CAP team for the past four years. He has used the power of theatre to empower young people and adults in NYC schools, community centers, Rikers Island, CUNY colleges, as well as other national and international venues.   Originally from Texas, Temesgen also works as a professional actor.




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