Unlocking the power of words, the American Shakespeare Center and Valley Children’s Advocacy Center join forces to write encouraging words of healing.


STAUNTON, VA – A local nonprofit known for powerful words is now sharing words of healing for another local nonprofit. The American Shakespeare Center welcomes an inaugural partnership with Valley Children’s Advocacy Center (VCAC) to take center stage as part of the highly anticipated 2024 Spring Season. Throughout the month of February, patrons attending performances of Pride and Prejudice and Julius Caesar at the Blackfriars Playhouse are invited to join ASC in a heartfelt initiative: writing notes of encouragement and empowerment for survivors of child sexual abuse.

In the spirit of love and community, ASC encourages its audiences to contribute notes filled with messages of love, power, and healing for the children served by Valley CAC. This initiative is a testament to ASC’s commitment to extending the impact of transformative language beyond the stage and into the community, supporting non-profit organizations like Valley CAC that play a crucial role in enhancing the well-being of survivors.

“ASC’s history of transformative language on stage goes beyond performances, and this collaboration exemplifies our dedication to uplifting organizations making a positive impact in our community,” shared Stephanie Cabacoy, Director of Marketing and Interim Director of Development for the American Shakespeare Center. “Shakespeare’s timeless expressions of resilience and hope align perfectly with our mission, allowing literature to serve as a catalyst for healing and connection.”

The Valley CAC, facing unprecedented funding cuts from the state of Virginia, has been a beacon of hope for survivors of child sexual abuse for 20 years, serving families in a 3,000 square mile radius. ASC, recognizing the crucial role of Valley CAC in the community, encourages its audiences to share love and support for the organization during this challenging time.

Charlé Johnson, Associate Director for Valley CAC, remarked, “Many times the children and families that come through our doors are experiencing unthinkable tragedies that often leave them feeling isolated and hopeless in their time of crisis. These notes of encouragement are a powerful way our community can show our survivors that they are supported and valued. The way a child’s eye sparkles just from reading a note from a stranger truly shows the healing power of words and connection.”

This initiative harnesses the therapeutic impact of expressive writing, demonstrating the belief in the transformative power of words. ASC invites the community to join them in creating a wave of positive change through the art of language. Valley CAC will have a table set up for every show for audiences to write their letters. All letters collected throughout February will be delivered to the survivors and their families.

To write your words of encouragement and make a positive impact on every child that Valley CAC serves, come see Pride and Prejudice and Julius Caesar and visit the table in the upstairs lobby. Tickets can be purchased online at www.americanshakespearecenter.com or by calling 1.877.MUCH.ADO (1.877.682.4236).

For more information about the American Shakespeare Center and Valley Children’s Advocacy Center collaboration, please visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com.