Maintaining sexual health is an important part of a healthy, happy college experience, whether you’re sexually active or not! The Not Ready for Bedtime Players (NRBP) are a major component of sexual health education at UMass. NRBP is a sexual health, sex-positive educational comedy theatre troupe directed by staff from the Center for Health Promotion, within the division of Student Affairs and Campus Life.
Now, sexual health is not just about sex. NRBP performances broadly address salient issues such as communication, busting myths and stereotypes, as well as understanding attitudes and beliefs regarding sexual behavior. The NRBP mission states that sexual health is integral to overall health and well-being. We respect all genders, orientations and identities. We support all people’s ability to make empowered choices that are safe, consensual and fit their cultures, values and beliefs.
NRBP uses a peer education model. The troupe is comprised of 13 undergraduate volunteer actors/educators who are passionate about sharing information with their peers. The troupe performs in different residence halls each week for an average of 50-100 students. This allows the troupe to educate across the campus in a very purposeful manner. At each show NRBP performs roughly 15 skits addressing sexual, mental, and physical health topics, as well as social justice issues.
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