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Working with Urban Teens


The State Street Project works with high school students during the school day and after-school to create new works of theatre tailor-made to emphasize the interests and passions of the students as well as the core curriculum standards as dictated by the New Jersey Board of Education. Currently, we are working with the Drama Club at Trenton Central High School to develop new plays by TCH students (written during the creative writing classes) and devised works (created during the after-school hours). Students work alongside professional, adult theatre artists while they learn to write and perform their own work.
State Street Project programs are custom-designed around the requirements of the sponsoring organization, which can range from in-school, after-school, or summer-camp programs. Experienced and talented educators guide the students through the process of developing, writing and acting out their own theatrical production. Passage teacher/artists are highly experienced in the application of "Playmaking", a powerful system for improving literacy, self-esteem, and self-confidence among pre-teen youth. For more information about bringing the State Street Project to your school, contact David Lee White at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Teen Playmaking
    Teen Playmaking

    A teenage author receives applause, flanked by the two professional actors in the play he wrote

  • Teen Acting
    Teen Acting

    Students learn teamwork acting in plays with adult direction and adult actors

  • Teen Acting
    Teen Acting

    Passage teacher/writers are experienced in working with teens

  • Teens Develop Multiple Talents
    Teens Develop Multiple Talents

    State Street alumni appearing in a Community Christmas show produced by Passage

  • Get Set
    Get Set

    Spoken word workshop conducted in partnership with the Westminster Presbyterian Church youth group