Playmaking for Girls (PFG) is an innovative theatre outreach program that aims to empower “with-hope” teen girls in the Atlanta-area. Many participants have been touched by the Department of Juvenile Justice system, and are living in group homes as wards of the state. Others have recently come to the United States as refugees from all over the world, and are acclimating to a new country and language. These young ladies come together as playwrights and actors, and through theatre, are empowered to "find their voices" and "speak their stories."
The Playmaking for Girls program offers a continuum of services through five main components:
• In-School Residency that teaches young girls techniques that develop self-confidence, collaboration, and self-esteem; • Two-day Playwriting/Acting Workshops that provide teens with skills that enable them to imagine new pathways and choices for their lives through the interactive components of creating, producing and performing plays; • A Summer Program and Public Performance that teach skill-building, accountability, and the foundations for empathy through support structures within ensembles; * Special Performances that allow the ensemble to share their talents and voices with others in the community. * Workshops that bring our teaching artists and PFG methods to groups across the city.
We partner with community organizations who are also working to lift these young ladies up for success: Little Debbie’s, Second Chance Homes, The Global Village Project, New American Pathways and Inspire Shalom.
HISTORY OF PLAYMAKING FOR GIRLS
In spring 2002, Synchronicity produced Kia Corthron's BREATH, BOOM, a play that dealt with the life of a gang girl from age 16 to 30. In order to better prepare our actors, and to give back to the community, Synchronicity teamed with the Wholistic Stress Control Institute's SIMBA program to implement a pilot workshop with 30 teen girls detained at a local Regional Youth Detention Center. At the time, we had no idea what this "experiment" would turn into.
These initial workshops were so successful, and we received such terrific feedback from the girls, the detention centers and our community partners, that in March 2003 we launched a bimonthly program at Metro RYDC, which serves youth from Fulton and DeKalb counties.
In 2004, we decided that we wanted to expand and get more time with the girls, so we instituted our PFG Public Performance, which happens each June. Working with as many as 20 girls who are now out of detention, we rehearse the best plays written in that year’s workshops. This is a full-fledged performance, with props, costumes, lights, sound – and the girls perform alongside professional actors.
Each year, we conduct seven weekend workshops where our talented female artists spend two days with a group of 16-20 teen girls. These girls come from group homes, are wards of the state through DFACS, or are refugee girls living in the Clarkston area. During the workshops, the girls write, rehearse, and perform short plays about their life experiences. Parents are invited to come to the performance in order to connect with their daughters through this positive experience.
Our community partners include Little Debbie's Group Homes, Inspire: A Shalom Afterschool Program, New American Pathways, and The Global Village Project.
Every June, we take a number of plays written at our play writing workshops, add professional production value and produce a free performance. The girls we work with are recently released from a detention center, currently living in a group home or have come out of the refugee community. Many are on probation.The show is rehearsed for six days, and then performed for family, friends and the community. After the show we conduct a conversation with the audience. The next day the show travels to juvenile justice and refugee facilities where the girls perform for young people who are still detained.
Our community partners include Little Debbie's Group Homes, Inspire: A Shalom After-school Program, New American Pathways, and The Global Village Project.
In October 2006 we piloted our After-School Program where for two days each week for eight weeks, our artists worked with nine middle-school girls to help them develop self-confidence, public speaking, empowerment and self-expression, and a strong sense of ensemble through live theatre.
Currently we are partnering with the Global Village Project to provide an ongoing in-school residency for refugee girls.
To figure out the best match for our intern program, we need to know a little bit about you. Here’s how the process works:
Fill out the form below and email or mail to us. Please include a resume or list of experience, if you have one. (No worries if you don’t!)
We’ll call you to talk about some of the options for next season.
You’ll submit two references – either teachers, past directors, employers, etc.
We’ll see if there is a good match for you at Synchronicity as an intern!