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Bridging Dreams: Progressive Theater’s Arts Outreach Program Empowers Newark’s Aspiring Artists

Updated: Feb 16


In alignment with Superintendent Leon’s vision for Newark Public Schools, Progressive Theater’s Professional Arts Outreach Bridge Program is set to create an enriching space where students, post-graduates, and community members can dive into the world of theatrical arts. Culminating in a professional community production of THE COLOR PURPLE, this initiative offers a unique opportunity for participants to gain hands-on experience in a setting mirroring the intensity of regional theater.


The program unfolds with 14 days of immersive rehearsals, fostering a professional atmosphere that mirrors the rigors of the industry. This approach not only hones artistic skills but also instills discipline, teamwork, and dedication—essential qualities for a successful journey in the theatrical realm.


Aligned with Superintendent Leon’s 2020 Clarity, the initiative goes beyond the stage, serving as a bridge for participants to transition from academia to the professional arts scene. It offers a real-world experience that extends beyond graduation, emphasizing the practical aspects of pursuing a career in theatrical arts.



The focal point of this transformative journey is the production of THE COLOR PURPLE, a powerful musical that resonates with themes of resilience, empowerment, and community. Through eight compelling performances, participants showcase their talents to the wider community, creating a shared cultural experience that transcends the stage.


As we anticipate the upcoming performances from February 14 - 18th, the program not only contributes to the cultural fabric of Newark but also acts as a catalyst for personal and professional growth. The stage is set for dreams to flourish, skills to be refined, and a community to come together in celebration of the arts.


Stay tuned for updates as we embark on this inspiring journey, proving that the arts have the power to bridge gaps, uplift communities, and shape the future of aspiring artists in Newark.



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