DEVELOPING GENERATIONS OF CIVIC ARTISTS
We believe that all people are artists and can be agents of change. We use ensemble-based theatre to continue a longstanding, cross-cultural tradition of fusing social justice and the arts. For us, theatre-making is an act of joyful resistance.
People's Theatre Project’s core programs—PTP Partnerships, the PTP Academy, and the PTP Company—are designed to work together as an ongoing programmatic cycle that deepens participants’ sense of power, strengthens their connection to community, and develops the skills to build generations of creative, collaborative, and compassionate civic artists.
A rigorous, multi-year arts and social justice training program in Upper Manhattan, the PTP Academy is dedicated to the holistic development of immigrant youth and youth of color. This artistic laboratory fosters a deep sense of belonging for immigrant children and youth, a brave space where participants can come as they are and grow as leaders. The PTP Academy brings immigrant youth center stage and prepares them to do the work of building a just society.
In residence at more than a dozen schools in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx, People’s Theatre Project’s team of Teaching Artists engage students in weekly classes focused on listening skills through ensemble-based theatre. Students discover the power of community and collaboration as they work together to create a multi-disciplinary theatrical collage that celebrates the cultures represented in the classroom.
A multigenerational, New York City-based touring company comprised entirely of immigrant artists of color, the PTP Company creates multidisciplinary, ensemble-based theatre to amplify and humanize the immigrant experience in the United States. Motivated by survival, and the desire to restore those who have been dehumanized by dominant racial narratives, the PTP Company celebrates the art of hope, life, and resistance.