A community where arts and artists thrive, are accessible, and are an essential element of life.
To invigorate the cultural life of our community by nurturing, celebrating and supporting arts and artists through performance and education.
Since its inception in 2002, the Prince Theatre Foundation has enjoyed success in various community endeavors:
Producing top of the line theatrical and musical productions such as the Short Attention Span Theatre, Songs for a New World, Wit, Company, Route 66, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Stories of Our Elders, The Adventures of Pinocchio, Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge, Arsenic & Old Lace and Live from WVL Radio Theatre: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE.
Providing quality educational, enriching experiences in the arts for children and adults, such as Playmakers’ Summer Camp, Hedgelawn multi-cultural performance series, Artists-in-Residence Programs and after school drama programs in Kent County Public Schools and Wye River Upper School.
Partnering with over a dozen community organizations for fundraising and other events that benefit us all.
Both the theatre, and the foundation that calls it home, are recognized and valued as a unique community center for the arts on the Upper Eastern Shore.
PROGRAMMING AND OUTREACH
The Garfield Center for the Arts runs Educational Outreach programs throughout the year, offering seasonal workshops for youth. Any participant involved in Garfield Center for the Arts programming is referred to as a PLAYMAKER.
The Garfield Center for the Arts programming engages the whole PLAYMAKER- physically, mentally and artistically – providing practice in the areas of improvisation, movement, character development, self presentation, script building, critical thinking, and collaborative problem solving.
PLAYMAKERS AT CAMP
Summer Camp at the Garfield Center for the Arts is provided for youth in two different age groups (see details below). The summer camp program runs 5 weeks, culminating in an original final production that includes all participants.
PLAYMAKERS IN THE SCHOOLS
The Garfield Center for the Arts collaborates with Kent County Public Schools to provide after school enrichment programs for elementary and middle school students. In addition, in 2011 the Garfield Center for the Arts extended its outreach to include Wye River Upper School.
The semester-long sessions include practice with improvisation, character development, movement, script-work, teambuilding, critical thinking and communication skills. Each student group prepares a public performance for family and friends.
PLAYMAKERS IN THE COMMUNITY
Some Playmakers are active in the Garfield Center for the Arts’ Teen Theatre Troupe. The troupe’s first project, Stories of Our Elders, engaged teens in collecting stories from community elders and devising theatre pieces to share the stories with audiences.
The Garfield Center for the Arts also engages Playmakers in collaborating with community groups on individual performance projects. Past collaborations include programs with the Kent Family Center, Phenomenal Women, C-300, African American Heritage Day and most recently in our Improv Night Showcase.
Adults interested in playwriting meet at the Garfield Center for the Arts on the first Monday of every month to participate in the Live Playwrights’ Society which creates a workshop environment for testing and improving scripts (www.liveplaywrightssociety.org). Novice and experienced adult actors are encouraged to participate in our Improvisation Workshops. Workshops are offered free of charge.
The theatre, main stage and Kohl Lobby are available to rent for special occasions and private parties. Please contact Andy Goddard for availability and rental rates: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-810-2060.
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