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Education Programs

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
    Committed to Trenton's Youth

    Passage teacher/artist Rodney Gilbert (center) works with Trenton Central High School Students.

  • Trenton High School Festival
    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.

  • In Rehearsal
    In Rehearsal

    On stage, rehearsing the festival

  • In Performance
    In Performance

    Festival plays were written and performed by TCHS students.

  • Diverse Ages
    Diverse Ages

    Different programs serve diverse age groups from 8-22.

  • Fun for All
    Fun for All

    Programs are fun for everyone, both kids and adults.