Power(ful) Education

Here at Power Street we believe that performing arts and education go hand in hand. Our Resident Artists are trained in a variety of theater techniques, with years of experience working with students both inside and outside of classrooms. Power Street has developed workshops in:

 

Conflict Resolution Theater
Bilingual Playwriting (Spanish and English)
Experimental Theater

Classes are wonderful for team and community building. We are happy to work with your organization, your class, or in your neighborhood. No experience is necessary to participate - just a sense of fun!

Past Educational Programs

Photo Credit: Nigel Thompson

Land and Body

In 2019 Power Street was funded by The Bartol Foundation and The Resist Foundation to offer free adult theater classes taught in both English and Spanish at West Kensington Ministry. Students explored Experimental Theater with founder Gabriela Sanchez and Bilingual Playwriting with Erlina Ortiz. The program was inspired by the lack of opportunity to escape daily life that happens naturally as we get older - we envisioned this program as an opportunity to return to imagination and play. 

Students gained confidence, collaborated with their neighbors, and learned how to share their voice. Over the course of eight weeks these two classes developed new original performances and plays, which they were able to make come to life for their own community at Theatre Al Fresco. 

Tierra y Cuerpo is a program designed to both teach adults the basics of theater writing and performance, but also to bring together people from all different backgrounds. Though classes are held in West Kensington, there are participants from South Jersey and the Philadelphia suburbs. Even for the students from the neighborhood, it gives them more familiar faces to look for while navigating their days.

“People here are meeting for the first time,” said Ortiz. “Now they know each other.”

For playwriting student H.C. Davis, thanks to the sharing activities, her classmates now feel like family.