Charleston Stage has launched a $500,000 fundraising campaign to fund CityStage, our new Community Engagement Program which will significantly expand our community partnership and programming initiatives.
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I. The CityStage Team
CityStage, Charleston Stage’s new Community Engagement team, will be made up of a Community Engagement Coordinator and 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 will focus on building partnerships with schools, religious and community groups in the Charleston area, especially underserved communities. We hope 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. Initial 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
These programs will be implemented over the course of the coming year (2021-2022).
- Community Tour
Small, imaginative productions would be 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 will be our first show that we bring into the community. It will make 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 and Hollywood St. Paul's Library.
In May of 2022, we will perform Treasure Island Carolina, a new musical resetting Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic along the Carolina coast. With partners in the community, the CityStage Team will provide free performances for schools, houses of worship, parks, etc. to bring the magic of live theatre into every corner of the Charleston community.
- Community Engagement
To work with area houses of worship, schools, and community groups to develop enriching partnerships, classes and performance opportunities.
Designed to provide tickets to performances at modest prices that can be used to expand audiences with a particular emphasis on underserved audiences.
- Enriching In-School Workshops
Working with Engaging Creative Minds on our in school workshops we will continue to expand that programming and add workshops at additional schools.
- High School Partnerships
Members of the CityStage Team will work with high school drama productions each season 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 will expand drama classes in area after school programs. We are excited to be a part of Sanders Clyde’s Extended Day Enrichment this school year 2021-2022. 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.