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Featured Above: Our Community Tours of Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook and Treasure Island.
Charleston Stage is funded in part by grants from the South Carolina Arts Commission, a state agency that receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as stimulus funding as a part of the American Rescue Plan.
This project is supported by funding provided to the South Carolina Arts Commission from a partnership with the S.C. Department of Education from American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds.
I. The CityStage Team
CityStage, Charleston Stage’s Community Engagement team, is made up of members of our Resident Professional Acting Company. The goal is to expand the work and mission of Charleston Stage beyond the walls of the Dock Street Theatre. The CityStage Team focuses on building partnerships with schools, religious and community groups in the Charleston area, especially underserved communities. We strive to become true community partners, not only to share our work, but to provide support and professional theatre resources to the important work schools and community groups are already undertaking.
II. PROGRAM Goals Include:
- Building lasting partnerships and relationships with leaders and community groups in Charleston
- To understand community needs and how, in time, we can provide support and resources to our new community partners
- Through these initiatives we hope to encourage our partners and those we serve to become more engaged with Charleston Stage's productions, education and outreach programs.
- To identify new programming that will better serve the worlds of our new community partners
- To expand our Board of Directors to broaden community engagement and representation from all areas of our community
iii. expanded Inclusion and Outreach Programming
- Community Tour
Imaginative productions are created by the CityStage Team to bring Charleston Stage programming directly into underserved communities and schools.
In October of 2021, Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook was our first show that we brought into the community. It made stops at four Charleston area schools and one library including: Angel Oak Elementary, Sanders-Clyde Elementary, Mary Ford Early Learning and Family Center, Chicora Elementary School and St. Paul's Hollywood Library.
In May of 2022, we performed Treasure Island, a new musical resetting Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic along the Carolina coast. Our touring stage made stops in Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Downtown Charleston and Saint George and played to over 600+ Lowcountry youth and their families.
We are currently booking locations for the May 2023 Treasure Island tour. We plan to make 15 stops and travel all over the tri-county area to bring the magic of free live theatre to Lowcountry students and families.
- Community Engagement
To work with area houses of worship, schools, and community groups to develop enriching partnerships, classes and performance opportunities.
- Enriching In-School Workshops
Essential in school workshops that are designed to expand arts programming in the greater Charleston area.
- High School Partnerships
Members of the CityStage Team work with high school drama teachers to provide support for their classes and productions and serve as a recruiting tool for Charleston Stage’s free TheatreWings High School Apprentice program.
- Outreach Afterschool Classes
CityStage teachers expand drama classes in area after school programs. We are excited to be a part of Sanders Clyde’s Extended Day Enrichment, Hanahan Elementary and E.B. Ellington Elementary this school year 2022-2023. CityStage faculty are on site offering acting workshops to students in grades K-5.
- Theatre School Scholarships
We offer Theatre School scholarships at multiple levels.
THANK YOU TO OUR CityStage DONORS:
|Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina
|The Employees Community Fund of The Boeing Company
|Kevin and Deborah Burgess
|C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc.
|Daniel Island Community Fund
|The Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust
|Steven and Laura Gilbert
|Katherine Schob Glenn
|James and Denise Goodwin
|Ted and Joan Halkyard
|Bill and Karyn Hewitt
|Dr. Carl and Sandra Korn
|Dr. and Mrs. Ben McInnes
|Don and Jo Miller
|The Mark Elliott Motley Foundation
|Bob & Barbara Nicolai
|The Phicas Foundation
|Dr. and Mrs. Fred E. Pittman
|Publix Super Markets Charities
|Random Acts of Kindness
|Bob and Kathy Richards
|Elaine and Bill Simpson
|Mr. and Mrs. George W. Smyth, Jr.
|Ted and Susan Soderlund
|South Carolina Arts Commission
|Dr. Carolyn Thiedke and Mr. Fred Thompson
|The Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation