WHAT WE'RE ABOUT

OUR MISSION

The Manton Avenue Project’s mission is to nurture the unique potential of young people in Olneyville by unleashing their creative voices and uniting them with professional artists to create original theatre. Through playmaking, MAP sparks an expanding sense of possibility by building each child’s capacity for personal and academic success and offers opportunities for positive youth development. Our programs are tuition-free and always will be.

At MAP we believe young people, regardless of economic status, deserve the opportunity to imagine strong futures. Since our founding, we’ve professionally produced over 700 plays written by under-resourced youth (with the help of over 500 volunteer artists), with the goal of empowering young voices and giving young people tools to become tomorrow’s creative thinkers and community leaders.

Click here to read MAP’s Anti-Racism Commitment. 

OUR HISTORY

Since 2004, we’ve worked in the Providence community of Olneyville, one of the lowest income neighborhoods in the city. When they join MAP as 3rd graders, all of our students live in the Olneyville area and attend William D’Abate Elementary, a Title 1 school.

Thanks to support from Olneyville Housing Corporation (now ONE Neighborhood Builders), we moved into our very own Clubhouse in 2013, which now serves as our classroom, office, and storage space. Located at 55 Putnam Street, this clubhouse is our home in the heart of the Olneyville neighborhood.

Girl Joy Dance 2020

OUR IMPACT

Students progress through our seven programs, and are invited to stay with us as long-term participants through high school and beyond. This long-term support is a unique and fundamental element of MAP’s quality programming. The continuity of our work allows students to stay involved as long as they wish, benefitting our students in immeasurable ways by providing them a reliable space for creativity, critical thinking and growth. For our students MAP has become as “second home.”

MAP’s Objectives: 

-To give young people, especially BIPOC and Latinx, the stage. 

-To empower young people by offering tools to express their understanding and experience in the world through playwriting and performance. 

-To strengthen our students’ senses of self-efficacy and resilience, two indicators of Positive Youth Development.

-To encourage students’ critical thinking and creative problem solving skills, and offer opportunities for each student to express their inherent empathy through theatre. 

In response to COVID-19, MAP is taking our shows on-line. Staying creative and connected will help us all weather this storm. We are meeting with our students virtually and are presenting new and archival performances regularly on our You Tube Channel. 

WHO WE ARE

Our Volunteers

MAP-Weekend

The Manton Avenue Project’s company of actors, designers, directors, dramaturges and classroom assistants come from a pool of incredibly talented volunteers who are involved in Providence’s lively performing arts community in many capacities, and work with other local groups like The Wilbury Group, Trinity/Brown Consortium, Mixed Magic, Strange Attractor, Gamm Theatre, and Trinity Repertory, to name a few. Interested in joining the MAP Company of artists? Email Meg Sullivan, Co-Director, Partnerships and Productions

Our Staff

MEG SULLIVAN, CO-DIRECTOR,  Partnerships and Productions Meg Sullivan, MFA, performer, writer, educator, served as MAP’s first full-time Executive Artistic Director from 2011 – 2021, having succeeded Founding Artistic Director Jenny Peek. Meg’s strong community- building and clear vision for MAP’s potential steered the organization into its current shared leadership model. Meg holds her MFA in Performance as Public Practice from the University of Texas at Austin, where she focused on autobiographical solo performance devising with underserved communities. In 2016 Meg presented a TEDx Providence talk titled Playwriting as Practice for a More Just World. In 2019, Meg was honored to be one of the lead facilitators for Trinity Rep’s America Too It’s Our Health project. Contact Meg at: Meg.mantonave@gmail.com

MIOSOTIS ALSINA, CO-DIRECTOR, Operations and Development  

The Manton Avenue Project is thrilled to welcome Miosotis Alsina to our team. For many years, Miosotis served as Programs Manager of the Community Asthma Programs (CAP) and Administrative Director of the Asthma Camp, both at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She has a background in elementary education and development. Miosotis is married and a mother of four children. She enjoys spending time with her family and engaging in the theatrical and sports world. She’s excited for this new chapter and is looking forward to becoming part of the MAP family! Contact Miosotis at: Miosotis.mantonave@gmail.com.

Nic and Dan

NICOLE MAYNARD, CO-DIRECTOR, Education and Programs

Nicole has worked with MAP as a volunteer actor, director, and dramaturge since 2008. She's been the director of MAP's Teen Voices program since it started in 2013, Fun Friday instructor since 2018, and in 2019 became MAP's first ever official Program Director. Nicole also worked  for several years at Mount Hope Learning Center where she served as Program Director, and she has taught and performed with the Gamm Theatre's Education Department. As an actor, she we most recently seen in Story Theatre, directed by Erin Olson at Second Story, and as Albert Einstein in MM by Barbara Schweitzer, directed by Nancy Hoffmann. Contact Nicole at: nicole.mantonave@gmail.com

Our Interns

  • Jenny Almendarez
  • Ayline Cornejo
  • IYSIS Da Silva
  • EVELYN GONZALEZ
  • Icesiss Harris-dixon
    Juvia Gibbs
  • Emmanuel Lemus
  • Osiel Moreno Jr.
    KEILLY VASQUEZ

Our Board of Directors

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS

Learn more about how we are helping to build up young, talented playwrights, while giving back to the Olneyville community.

Chip Lamb

Volunteer Actor
"Young people leading us all to communication, collaboration, compassion, community. This is the path along Manton Ave."