People’s Theatre Project cultivates ongoing artistic dialogue in NYC’s neighborhoods of color to amplify youth voices and grow local action. Established in 2009, PTP is deeply invested in the Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods of northern Manhattan, and strives to be a consistent, dynamic and impactful presence in the lives of the young people it serves neighborhood-based arts programming.
Through student-centered and culturally relevant arts-based programming, youth participants in grades K-12 in Northern Manhattan are immersed in experiential learning projects that deepen their sense of power, strengthen their connection to their communities and support the development of 21st century leaders who are creative, collaborative and compassionate.
SCHOOL & COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
People’s Theatre Project, a contracted DOE Arts Service Provider specializing in work with English Language Learners, offers schools and youth serving organizations a robust package of arts and social justice programming. Our core Theatre for Social Justice curricula—inclusive of The National Core Arts Standards and Common Core Literacy Standards for ELA and Social Studies—immerses K-12 youth in 30 sessions of integrated arts programming that explores issues of social injustice affecting their local and global communities. Each program is facilitated by a team of experienced teaching artists.
‘Circle Up’ for kids and ‘To Be Heard’ for teens are People’s Theatre Project’s free Saturday theatre programs offered in fall and spring semesters. Participants engage in theatre games and activities, learn performance skills and work collaboratively to create an original theatre piece addressing a social theme of their choice. Programs take place at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center in Washington Heights, where People’s Theatre Project is a resident company.