Education and Community Engagement
We're committed to providing strong, vibrant education opportunities for students in order to nurture creativity, inspire artistic potential, build confidence, and encourage self-expression. We have extended our reach to enrich the lives of individuals of all ages and strengthen our community under the guidance of Gary Cadwallader, our director of education and community engagement.
PBD is committed to presenting plays and musicals that focus on the social issues and experiences important in the world today, and for offering quality training to both actors and stage managers in a safe, positive environment.
The PBD Academy returns in Summer 2022!
Our goal is to introduce the joy of writing for the live theatre to young people, and to give teens a creative voice in expressing their thoughts and ideas. Our program encourages students to write about subjects that are meaningful to them, and to give educators tools to incorporate playwriting into your theatre or language arts classrooms.
We’re pleased to share with you in the photo above the ten winners of our fourth annual Young Playwrights 10-Minute Play Contest, for which we received a record number of submissions: a sure indication of the program’s ever-growing popularity. The contest was open to students in grades 9-12 throughout Palm Beach County, and the winners were chosen by a group of theatre professionals. Macy’s and Kids’ Dreams are the sponsors of the contest.
CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS 2021 ANTHOLOGY
UPDATE: Submission deadline is Friday, December 10, 2021 @ 5:00pm.
The winning plays will be performed in a staged reading live onstage at PBD in Spring 2022.
The One Humanity Tour is a free, professional touring program for middle school students created exclusively for The School District of Palm Beach County. This program was designed to use storytelling to develop informed, thoughtful, and compassionate citizens, and provides a thoughtful discussion following the performance.
A detailed synopsis for each play is included in a Teacher Resource Guide.
Launched in 2017, the 6th grade tour, Swagger by Eric Coble, has performed for over 19,500 students at 24 middle schools. Swagger is a compelling story about multiple perspectives as told by three characters whose intersecting lives are changed after meeting in a moment of conflict.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SWAGGER AND ACCESS THE TEACHER RESOURCE GUIDE
Launched in 2020, the 7th grade tour, Live to Tell by Eric Coble, is an extraordinary story that raises awareness about the serious issue of teen human trafficking in South Florida. Live to Tell is an engaging story told by three teenagers whose lives are ruined by human trafficking, and educates students about cause and effect, awareness, and prevention.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT LIVE TO TELL AND ACCESS THE TEACHER RESOURCE GUIDE
Free student performances are offered for our mainstage productions, and include post-performance talkbacks, teacher resource guides with educational activities, and bus transportation if needed.More Details
IN COLLABORATION WITH COMPASS COMMUNITY CENTER
A compelling and powerful intergenerational digital storytelling project: This year, LGBTQ+ trailblazers share their personal histories with the young people from Compass who preserve their reminiscences with digital media.
The 2021 Legacy Project honoring LGBTQ+ trailblazers Donald Cavanaugh, Frederic Largin, Chris Lacharite, and Davilyn Whims screened on April 13, 2021 at Bryan Park in downtown Lake Worth Beach.
View The Legacy Project 2019 on YouTube
CLICK HERE TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE
VIDEOS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS' PARTICIPANTSMore Details
The Dramaworks Ethics Project Presented by PNC Arts Alive is an exciting, digital storytelling project created to stimulate young people to think critically about their own ethics and principles. Plagiarism and personal responsibility are important topics in the classroom. In order to promote originality and resourcefulness, this project motivates students to learn about themselves, their individuality, and their place in the community.More Details
Gary Cadwallader is an educator, actor, and director. He was previously the director of education at Orlando Repertory Theatre and at Seaside Music Theatre in Daytona Beach. Gary is president of the Florida Theatre Conference.