WHAT WE DO
Our programs include a variety of experiences, including out-of-school classes that culminate in intensive playwriting weekends (see our Programs page). Children are paired with their own dramaturgy mentor to develop their very own plays. The plays written during these weekends are then professionally produced with the help of adult directors, actors, and designers from the vibrant arts community in Providence. Presenting the plays to the public help kids value their voices.
All of the work we do partners youth with adults in mentorship relationships, engages under-resourced children and enhances their learning (of writing, logic, theatre and English, even social studies and science) through playwriting. MAP improves the quality of Olneyville kids’ lives in myriad ways, by providing a safe, fun place to go during out-of-school time, offering a creative space where their ideas are respected and their success is expected. By respecting kids’ ideas and presenting those ideas to public audiences, we are growing their resilience and improving their self-efficacy, both indicators that lead to long-term successes in adulthood.
Each of our courses is tailored to a particular grade group. First, we teach each student the basics of playwriting. Then, they team up with an adult director/dramaturge and two adult actors to put their knowledge in action. The plays are performed in local theater spaces for the public. We currently have 4 courses available.
Grades: 3rd – 8th Grade
Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm
MAP IN THE MIDDLE
Here, we value friendship greatly. And that’s why we created Map In The Middle. This is a weekly meeting for 6-8 graders. Community check-ins, theatre projects, and opportunities to mentor younger students, and be mentored by Teens.
Grades: Middle School
Schedule: Mondays, 5:30-7:30PM
Weekly meetings on Friday afternoons for our 4th and 5th graders, with team building, theater and movement games, arts and crafts, and guest workshops ranging from puppetry to yoga to choreography, and long-term playwriting projects.
Grades: 4th – 5th Grade
Schedule: Fridays, 3:30- 5:30pm
Weekly meetings with our teenagers, who have been a part of MAP since 3rd grade. Teens stage manage and serve as tech crew for the plays by younger MAP students, and also work on their own writing projects.
Schedule: Mondays, 5:30-7:30pm
WANT TO SEE WHAT WE'VE DONE
See where all our time, energy, and support goes. Read about all the different productions we’ve put together as well as a few special events on the side.
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