Downtown Playmakers Project

Downtown Playmakers Project is a playwriting and mentoring program, working with elementary students at MLK Elementary in Little Rock to create original theatre in collaboration with adult theatre artists.

The playmakers learn to unleash their imaginations and nurture their creative voices to tell stories unique to their communities, but accessible to all audiences.

Under the coordination of Playmakers Architect and Project Director, Angela Delaney, this project is a replication of of The 52nd Street Project in New York City, which serves children who live in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, and of the Manton Avenue Project in Providence, serving children who live in the Olneyville neighborhood.

The Downtown Playmakers Project is part of The Rep’s programming initiative through the Department of Community, Learning, and Public Programs. The overall goal of the department is in alignment with The Rep’s desire to capture the collective imagination and build community by embracing the art of theatre in all its forms.  We recognize the unique ability of theatrical activities to improve mental well-being and emotional development. We strive to celebrate and develop the artistry of community members regardless of their age or experience.  We provide a platform for the sharing of varied human experiences to drive community conversations.  And we seek out collaborations with, and make our resources accessible to, like-minded community organizations.

Downtown Playmakers Project is generously sponsored by:

The Windgate Foundation
The Rebsamen Fund

Photos by Matthew Sewell Photography


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