The Dramatic STD/HIV Project

Community & School Outreach

A free touring presentation for 8th grade and high schools ages - available year round!

Returning for the 2021-2022 school year in-person with fully vaccinated presenters!

Now entering its 28th year, the Dramatic STD/HIV Project is a collaborative program between The Coterie Theatre,  UMKC Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, and KU School of Medicine to educate teens about the transmission and prevention of STDs and HIV/AIDS. Professional actors and health professional students, trained as peer educators, employ hard hitting monologues, slides and music to present stories of HIV+ teenagers in the Kansas City area. Followed by an intensive question and answer period, the award winning program is highly lauded for its balanced message.

Audience limits

  • 9-12th graders, 20-150 students per presentation
  • 8th graders, 20-50 students per presentation. 

Length:  45-60 minutes, including the question and answer session.

Cost: Free of charge.  A mileage fee may be charged for travel outside of the Kansas City metro area.

For information & booking, contact Annette Filippi, Project Coordinator, at 816.474.4241 or

Recent student comment:
"I never thought about how one act could change your whole life."

View the Dramatic STD/HIV Project in action

The program serves 8,000 students every year, giving teens the facts about HIV/AIDS and STD transmission and prevention through monologues based on the stories of real teens from the KC area.