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The Stargate Theatre Company provides court-involved youth with transitional employment, work-readiness training and literacy education in a creative theatrical environment designed to improve members’ employment prospects while boosting their skills and self-esteem. Stargate company members are paid for their work, and, with the guidance of professional theatre artists and educators, the ensemble composes, rehearses and performs a drama reflecting their collective identity and their aspirations, ideas and fears about themselves and the world.

After six weeks of structured writing, acting and team-building activities during the summer of 2013, the seven inaugural members of Stargate performed their original piece, Behind My Eyes, at New York City Center Stage II for an audience of family, friends, probation officers, teachers and community mentors. The 2014 Stargate company, which included three inaugural members and six new members, created and performed their original piece, Weathering the Storm, at New York City Center Stage II in August 2014.

Read the NationSwell piece about this exciting new program. 

View the WLIW Arts Beat profile of the 2014 Stargate Theatre Company – winner of “Outstanding Feature News Story” in the New York State Broadcasters Association 2015 Excellence in Broadcasting Awards: