The Ensemble Project: A Theatre Arts Mentoring Program
Creativity. Focus. Determination. Teamwork. Confidence. These are just some of the lessons that experiences in theatre teach students. In an underserved community, access to quality arts programs can be a challenge. The Ensemble Project aims to provide students the access to such programs, and takes a step further by connecting them with mentors in the Memphis Arts Community.
A total of 25 students in 3rd through 5th grades will be selected to participate in an after-school theatre arts mentorship program in an effort to boost their creative thinking, teamwork skills, and academic performance. These students will select a local performing artist for a monitored pen pal correspondence and participate in theatre games and exercises twice a week. One mentor will visit the students to teach a master class each month on topics ranging from acting to costume design to stage management. Students will also take a field trip each semester to see a live performance featuring mentors from the program.
Through this program, students will have opportunities to discover their own artistic power, they will learn what it means to be an ensemble and work together, and hopefully develop a lifelong interest in the arts.
Breakdown of Funds
$800 covers the cost of classes by guest artists (8-10 total)
$550 covers one field trip including tickets and transportation to the event
$150 towards props/costume pieces for a student performance night at the conclusion of the program