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Teen Dating Awareness




What is it?
Prime Stage Theatre’s Teen Dating Awareness program is a multi-faceted platform that uses theatre, a personal testimony, and discussions forums to raise awareness, encourages, and provides the resources for audiences to make a difference in their lives.

The program offers teens, parents and educators the opportunity to learn the warning signs, where to turn for help, and how to find positive role models with healthy, happy relationships.

Why it works.
This effective program gives the audience a sense of reality. This theatre production brings the drama of teen dating violence to the front of the stage. Young adult actors play all the roles. The audience can identify with the characters’ words, emotions, fears and responses to situations.

You Belong to Me is an original script written by Debbie Lamedman ( in collaboration with Gary Shaw, a teacher at Pittsburg High School in Pittsburg, Kansas and his high school students to raise awareness about teen dating violence. The presentation is a blend of a first-hand testimony from a survivor, a theatrical experience, and a discussion with the cast and local counselors.

You Belong To Me Cast Members

The program includes local resources that audiences can contact with immediately and confidentially.

Is This For Me?
This program is suitable for high school students through college, along with educators and parents.

What do I get?
You’ll receive a full one-hour presentation with Q&A options, along with providing student handouts, resources and statistical information.

When can I get this program to come to my school?
Our tour travels during the months of October (Domestic Violence Month) and February (Teen Dating Violence Month). We will gladly book up to one year in advance.

How much does it cost?
Please email us at for pricing.

To bring this program into your school or community or for more information, contact Prime Stage at or complete the registration form (pdf).

The History behind the Program
In August of 2007, 16 year old Demi Cuccia, a cheerleader at Gateway High School, was brutally murdered by her boyfriend for trying to end their relationship. This unthinkable act rocked a community who thought that something like this could never happen to them. Shaken by Demi’s death, the Prime Stage Teen Board were inspired to do their community service project to raise awareness about the warning signs and dangers of teen dating violence.


RUSafe App
A Dangerous Relationship Assessment App from Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh


Teen Dating Awareness Program Wins 2013 Peace Partner Award

We are honored to be recognized for promoting peace through raising awareness of teen dating violence through theatre "teaching the warning signs of teen dating violence and bullying."

For booking or more information, contact Prime Stage at

In Partnership with Center of Victims

In Partnership with Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA


Nationally endorsed by Futures without ViolenceFutures without Violence
Website | Press Release

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The Grable FoundationAmerican Eagle Outfitters, EQT, The Laurel Foundation, Macy's, PNC Charitable Trust,Henry C. Frick Educational Fund of The Buhl Foundation

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