Laurie MacDougall is a former high school math teacher. She attends Boston University in pursuit of her masters degree in social work. She co-founded Resources Education and Support Together (REST), an educational group for families struggling with a loved one with a Substance Use Disorder. She works for Allies in Recovery, an online platform that utilizes the Community Reinforcement And Family Training (CRAFT) method of behavioral coaching for families, and as a host of the podcast, Coming up for Air, to bring thoughtful discussions of topics relevant to addiction and healing to the airwaves.
Justin is a student pharmacist studying at the University of Rhode Island. His long time love for the arts and passion for healthcare have brought him to work with COAAST. He has been a part of many theatrical productions both as an actor and director at a children's theatre camp. Justin hopes that by combining his experience and passions, he can help make a difference in our nation suffering from prescription drug abuse.
The Contemporary Theater Company was founded in June 2005. It started as a collaborative project among young local artists interested in restoring the once vibrant live theater scene of southern Rhode Island. After one successful year, the vision matured and the company began to grow.
Since then, our company has prospered, producing more than 70 full-length productions and many smaller events. Our talent pool has expanded backed by generous community support, and thousands of audience members have found a new appreciation of the performing arts.