This isn’t your typical motivational awareness program.

[project] AWAKE will be a unique interactive experience that inspires students to realize their potential, challenges them to overcome self-destructive mediocrity, and empowers them to make positive choices that last a lifetime.


This year…

These statistics are more than just numbers, they tell a story about the realities our students face each day.

What are we going to do about it?

On Campus

Project Awake will begin as a live theatrical production in the schools. Through dynamic storytelling and mind-bending performing arts, our production will uniquely depicts the everyday lives of students. By highlighting their common challenges and showing the effects their choices have on one another, we’ll create an opportunity for students to realize their similarities, gain respect for their differences, and unite to make their schools a better and safer place for all.


Project Awake will continue the inspiration online, giving students access to online media and support resources – including a list of local organizations that provide students with opportunities to use their talents and abilities to bring positive change to their communities.

[project] AWAKE is an initiative of abrasiveMedia.

abrasiveMedia’s mission to support artists and collaborative artistic endeavors currently includes support for visual, literary, and performing arts. Project Awake will be a resident theatrical production of abrasiveMedia. For more information about the mission, vision, and programming of the organization, please visit
Justin Harvey is the creator and director of Project Awake. With over 20 years experience as an actor, martial artist, and stuntman, Justin has numerous film and theater credits as well as directorial experience with two internationally touring stage shows. Justin’s professional experience includes 8 years as the CEO of a brand consulting firm and 2 years as a manager for a Fortune 500 media company.


Phase One: The development team is currently raising money for a pilot version of the program, which will include the first itineration of the show. We aim to perform the show in 2-3 schools, and are working now on ways to garner student feedback as a measure of our effectiveness. Partner relationships are being developed now to offer resources to students. The focus is on developing a solid initial team which accurately represents the diversity of our city.

Phase Two: After debriefing from the completion of Phase One, the next phase will begin with another round of fundraising. We will be scaling everything up in order to take the show throughout Davidson County and the rest of Middle Tennessee. Goals for this phase include maintaining diverse voices in every aspect of the programming; paying all performers, technical staff, and admin staff at competitive rates; reaching as many schools as possible; and ensuring that the partner resources offered to students maintain a high standard of excellence with demonstrative and measureable results.

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Want to know how you can get involved, how you can have us come to your school, or anything else about Project Awake? Send us a message! We'd love to hear from you.
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