What We Do

 

 
After aligning ourselves with other arts organizations interested in expanding their mission overseas, B.R.I.D.G.E works with communities abroad to set up playwriting and performance programs.

Once schedules are set and space is secured, B.R.I.D.G.E and the partner organization travel to the program site and work with community coordinators to train volunteers.

These volunteers lead young students through a series of intensive playwriting workshops to help them collectively write short plays. B.R.I.D.G.E participants learn the fundamental components particular to the medium of theatre. They are exposed to activities and exercises that cultivate ensemble building, imagination, the senses and concentration. Further along the process, participants learn about improvisation, character creation, conflict, dialogue and play format in order to write their plays. Collectively creating a play allows participants to try on different roles in the writing process, whether it is to brainstorm ideas, improvise scenes, document the dialogue or learn to overcome differences.

By the time the young writers have completed their plays, their energies begin to shift from writer to actor. These young actors rehearse an exchange play written by former B.R.I.D.G.E participants from another country. Meanwhile, professional actors and community members rehearse the recently completed plays.

To celebrate the youth and their work, a professional staged reading of the completed short plays brings their words to life. Students witness the power of their creative voices shaped by the joint efforts of their family and friends working side by side with visiting artists. In addition to having their work produced, B.R.I.D.G.E participants perform a production of the exchange play.

In the end, one of the new plays is selected to be performed at a future B.R.I.D.G.E program in another country. This launches us to the next destination, and the process continues….