We don’t like violence. Outside, we don’t say anything. Here is actually the place where we can express our feelings to each other. And say what we could change and what we can do to change it.
- Zahira (14), To Be Heard actor
People’s Theatre Project partners with New York City schools and community-based organizations to provide students in grades K-12 with deep and meaningful engagement in the artistic process. Students have a unique opportunity to develop and perform a devised theatre piece focused on a social theme using a variety of theatrical forms including scenes, monologues, group poems, movement and music pieces to address topics such as bullying, relationships, and violence.
In each of our free programs in the community, children, teens or adults are lead through an in-depth collaborative theatre-making process. Participants learn performance skills, engage in theatre games and activities, and work collaboratively to create an original theatre piece addressing a social theme of their choice. Programs take place in Northern Manhattan on Saturdays and in the evenings.
CIRCLE UP (for Kids)
In this free program for our youngest actors, children engage in theatre games, improvisation and physical activities to learn about wellness for their body, minds, heart, and community.
TO BE HEARD (for Teens)
In this free program, teens collectively choose a theme to explore each week through theatre making projects. The culmination of this fast-paced, creative process is a dynamic theatrical collage created and performed by the group for the community.
UPTOWN ACTION (for Adults)
A community-based program that uses Theatre of the Oppressed methods to engage adults and seniors in the creation and performance of original, bilingual and interactive theatre that addresses the most urgent and resonant struggles of the community
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