cultivating community-devised theatre in Trenton
Since 1985, Passage Theatre Company in Trenton, NJ has been creating and producing socially relevant new plays and community-devised arts programming that transforms the lives of individuals and community.
Passage is interested in direct research projects for new plays as well as focus groups and other discussion formats for continuing work. Specific areas of interest include race and ethnicity in America, demographics and the changing face of Trenton, and engaging a broad spectrum of local community members in all aspects of Passage programming.
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen’s arts programs
self-esteem building through self-expression
TASK provides more than 3,000 free meals per week to people in need in the Trenton area and offers services and programs to help patrons achieve healthier lifestyles, increased self-esteem, and self-sufficiency. TASK offers visual and performing arts programming to its patrons and the organization’s staff members have observed that participants develop self-confidence and form a unique sense of community with their peers as they pursue artistic endeavors together. How can the benefits of arts programs be measured in this population? Are other non-profit organizations offering similar programs in comparable settings and if so are there best practices TASK could incorporate into their programs? A 2015 Derian summer research intern began investigating these questions.