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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.

Programs


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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.
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Fugitive Songs by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen*
June 8 - 28, 2020
Miller and Tysen are the hot composers of Tuck Everlasting and The Burnt Part Boys. Tysen is also the co-lyricist of the 2017 Broadway musical, Amelie. In this funny, poignant song cycle, the characters explore running from their lives, jobs, and significant others. However, everyone learns that the easiest way to escape a problem is to solve it. This extraordinary and powerful show will challenge and strengthen both your vocal and acting skills.
*contains strong language

[email protected] is by audition/interview only, and for students in rising 9th through graduating 12th grade.
Please contact [email protected] or call 561-514-4042 x123 with questions or to schedule an audition or interview appointment.

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Young Playwrights
Young Playwrights

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. Detailed lesson plans and helpful resources are found below.

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One Humanity Tour
One Humanity Tour

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.

Since its launch in 2017, the 6th grade tour, Swagger by Eric Coble, performed for over 19,500 students at 18 middle schools. Swagger is a compelling story told in a “direct address” style by three characters to bring attention to the relationship between law enforcement and the community.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SWAGGER AND ACCESS THE TEACHER RESOURCE GUIDE

The first 7th grade tour will launch February 2020, raising awareness about teen sex trafficking through the play Live to Tell by Eric Coble.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT LIVE TO TELL AND ACCESS THE TEACHER RESOURCE GUIDE

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Field Trips
Field Trips

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.

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The Legacy Project
The Legacy Project

A compelling and powerful intergenerational digital storytelling project.
This year, LGBTQ+ trailblazers Toni Armstrong Jr., Rolando Chang Barrero, Charlie Frederickson, and Dan Hall share their personal histories with young people from Compass, who preserve their reminiscences using multimedia.
November 6, 2019 at 7pm
Tickets are FREE but must be reserved in advance.
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or call the Box Office 561-514-4042

VIDEOS FROM LAST YEAR'S PARTICIPANTS

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The Dramaworks Ethics Project
The Dramaworks Ethics Project

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.

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Future programs will include: Classes, workshops, acting and other skills-based learning sessions.

Director


Gary Cadwallader
Director of Education and Community Engagement

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.

For information about supporting the education initiative, contact Gary Cadwallader at 561.514.4042 ext. 123 or [email protected]