WAM Theatre Girls Ensemble Stipends
Based in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, WAM Theatre is Where Arts and Activism Meet. WAM’s vision is to create opportunity for women and girls through the mission of theatre as philanthropy. In addition to the main stage productions and special events, WAM Theatre’s activities include the Fresh Takes Play Reading Series and a comprehensive educational outreach program.
WAM Theatre Girls Ensemble is an education program for girls aged 13-18. The main goal of Girls Ensemble is to provide a safe place for the participants (many of whom are living at or below the poverty level) to explore the concerns that influence their daily lives and to empower them to make informed, sound decisions that will influence the course of their entire lives. Each year, the ensemble creates an original performance using devised theatre methods. Devised theatre is a collaborative process where an ensemble uses a variety of techniques– writing, improvisation, games, movement, brainstorming, and more– to create original performance material. The Girls Ensemble program culminates with a performance of the piece they created, with full production values, for a public audience.
Opportunity and access for our participants is a challenge. They may not come from a family that can afford any tuition for the program. WAM works hard to raise the necessary funding so that the program can be subsidized. As some of our potential participants also have their own jobs, WAM’s goal is that Girls Ensemble is also a stipended opportunity for the participants.
ABOUT WAM THEATRE
Based in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, WAM Theatre is Where Arts and Activism Meet. The company was co-founded in 2010 by Canadian director, actor, educator, and producer Kristen van Ginhoven. WAM’s vision is to create opportunity for women and girls through the mission of theatre as philanthropy.
Inspired by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, WAM donates a portion of the proceeds from its theatrical events to organizations that benefit women and girls.
Since 2010, WAM Theatre has donated more than $41,500 to thirteen nonprofit organizations and provided paid work to more than 250 theatre artists. In addition to the main stage productions and special events, WAM Theatre’s activities include a comprehensive educational outreach program and the Fresh Takes Play Reading Series. For more information, visit www.WAMTheatre.com
Follow UpWAM Theatre will send you a thank you note. You will be recognized as a donor in our Annual Report and donation records.
Where Your Donation GoesThe money donated will go to providing stipends for the participants of the Girls Ensemble program.
Location Information56 Church Street
LENOX, Massachusetts 01240
United States (US)
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