Passage’s educational programming invites youth and adults of all ages and backgrounds to explore, fully realize, and share their greatest creative potential and the potential of the community through the power of expression – onstage, in the classroom, and in their neighborhoods.
The programming consists of five main components:
Theatre For Families And Young Audiences
Our Theatre for Families and Young Audiences Shows are geared towards students in elementary or middle school and focus on themes that affect the youth in our area. Each show has four performances: two for local schools, and two that are open to the public.
This season's Theatre for Families and Young Audiences show will be announced soon!
Mainstage Student Matinees
Passage offers special high school matinees to most of our mainstage shows. Each of these performances are followed by a talkback with the artists.
This season's student matinees will be announced soon!
Workshops and Residencies
Throughout the years, Passage has brought artistic workshops and residencies to a number of local partner organizations and schools, including (in recent years) Trenton Central High School, Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School of the Arts, the Christina Seix Academy, the Emily Fisher Charter School, the Boys & Girls Club, the Ellarslie Museum, and the River City Community School.
Pre And Post-Show Workshops
Pre- and post-show workshops are offered to all schools and organizations that bring groups to attend our Theatre for Families and Young Audiences shows and Mainstage Student Matinees.
These workshops are specifically tailored to each group, and use the themes of the correlating production to work on language skills, and/or teach basic performance and theatrical design. Workshops focused on community engagement and civic action or also available. All workshops are taught by our experienced teaching artists.
For more information, or to schedule your workshop, please contact Passage Artistic Director Ryanne Domingues at email@example.com.
Passage also offers single workshops to nonprofit organizations that would like to give their constituents an opportunity to learn more about the Mill Hill Playhouse and introduce them to the art of live theatre. These one-time workshops last 90 minutes and include a tour of the Playhouse and an introduction to storytelling, acting, and design. They do not correlate to a specific production.
These single sessions are $30 per student for groups of 12 or more. Due to limited staff time, we cannot accept groups of less than 12. Additionally, it is preferred if the group encompasses an age range of no more than 3 consecutive grades (for example, 1st – 3rd grade or 4th – 6th grade). Two grade groups may come at the same time, as long as additional teaching artists are available.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Pre And Post-Show Discussions
While complimentary post-show talk backs are offered following all public performances of our TFYA shows, high school matinees, and Sunday matinees, older students and adult groups with a background and/or interest in specific areas of theatre can also schedule pre- or post-show discussions when attending one of our performances.
These discussions are often led by our Artistic Director, a Passage staff member, or a member of the show’s creative team who has an expertise in the agreed upon topic. Topics may be specific to the current production or address more general ideas relating to the art.
Past discussion topics have included Theatre for Social Change, Theatre within a Community, and The Art of Directing and Dramaturgy. Discussions are tailored to the topic of interest for each group and last for roughly 60 minutes.
For more information and pricing, please contact Artistic Director Ryanne Domingues at email@example.com.
Passage Postscripts are educational resource guides that are written to accompany our productions. Each guide contains interviews with the playwright and director, pre- and post-show activities and discussion questions, articles pertaining to the production, and a glossary for the show. All Passage Postscripts are created to address the Core Curriculum Content Standards set forth by the New Jersey State Board of Education.
This season's Postscripts will be available soon!
Online Learning Labs
Passage’s Online Learning Labs are online, interactive video lessons that students can view as a jumping off point to not only learn about the art of live theatre, but also to gain valuable Communication and Language Arts skills.
Each session comes with a suggested activity to make the students’ learning both fun and engaging, with Learning Labs Information Packets able to be downloaded below. Learning Labs can be viewed individually or they can be viewed as a series.
All Learning Labs are available on our YouTube channel for parents, teachers, and students.