Founded in 1995 by June Ballinger, Passage's education program is an outreach effort aimed at Trenton's youth, ages 8 to 22. The program matches Trenton young people with professional artist-mentors in playwriting, performance, spoken-word, and technical theatre classes.
Throughout the year, Passage provides after school arts programs through a number of local partner organizations, including (in recent years) Trenton Central High School, the Emily Fisher Charter School, the Boys & Girls Club, the Ellarslie Museum and the River City Community School.
A critical element of many programs is "Playmaking", a writing process which can be adaptated to teen and pre-teen students, based on a model developed by New York's 52nd Street Project.
Committed to Trenton's Youth
Passage teacher/artist Rodney Gilbert (center) works with Trenton Central High School Students.
Trenton High School Festival
Trenton Central High School Students created a festival of short plays, written and performed by the students at the Mill Hill Playhouse.
On stage, rehearsing the festival
Festival plays were written and performed by TCHS students.
Different programs serve diverse age groups from 8-22.
Fun for All
Programs are fun for everyone, both kids and adults.