Bringing Character to Life

Drama by George grows students with compassion and character through the power of stories.

We’re a Louisville-based theatre company that provides educational programs centered on social emotional learning (SEL). That’s how we’re Bringing Character to Life.

Success by the Numbers

We measure success in the students’ lives we’ve had the privilege to impact.
Since 2007, we’ve served over 88,000 students across the Kentuckiana region.


Live Professional Performances


One-Session Classroom Workshops


After-School Drama Clubs


School-Break Day Camps


Professional Development Sessions

Current Performances

We’ve performed The Grit Game Show, an interactive assembly about achievement and resilience, for 16,500 students in 89 performances. 97% of teachers would recommend us to a colleague.

B.B. Wolfe Gets Schooled, a play about bullying prevention and empathy, has impacted 5100 students in 26 performances. 100% of teachers believe our program provides content that’s valuable to their students, and 92% would recommend it to a colleague based on performance quality.

Stop Bullies is a bullying prevention talk that draws on the real-life experiences of a bullying survivor to impact teens. Speaker George Halitzka has presented the program more than 100 times times for 11,500 students. In a student survey, 94% of middle schoolers rated the presentation as “excellent” or “good.”

Current Classroom and After-School Programs

Our after-school drama clubs have empowered over 2000 students to rehearse and perform a short play in just 8 weekly sessions! We’ve produced a total of 170 student performances at 25 schools in Jefferson (KY), Bullitt (KY), Oldham (KY), and Clark (IN) counties. According to a parent survey, 93% of parents feel that their children both enjoyed and benefited from drama club.

Real Life Drama workshops use role-playing to teach conflict resolution skills to at-risk teens. For participating students at one Louisville high school, 2/3 of participants demonstrated improved school attendance. Meanwhile, disciplinary referrals decreased by 17% and GPA increased 14%!

Play Scripts

Our original play scripts have been performed 900 times by theatres, schools, and organizations around the world, from Canada to China!

Past Performances

From 2012-15, we offered Be the Hero, a touring performance for elementary schools. Our costumed superheroes challenged 13,000 students in 70 performances to stop bullying. 97% of teachers said the program complimented their curriculum, and 94% would recommend it to fellow educators.

From 2014-16, Kylie for President was our flagship touring play. We empowered 10,000 students in 45 performances to make wise choices. 100% of teachers said that our play complimented their curriculum, and 95% would recommend the program to fellow educators.

To keep this page as concise as possible, we’ve included only a small sample of our program data. The data on this page represents estimates which were current as of March 2021.