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.
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Each year, we conduct several 2-day workshops at Regional Youth Detention Centers (RYDCs) in Georgia. Our talented women artists spend two days with a group of 16-20 incarcerated teen girls. Over the two days, 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 Metro RYDC, CHRIS Kids, Families First, Little Debbie's Group Homes, RRISA and ArtsNow.
The most recent performance took place in June 2015 at our new home at Peachtree Pointe. 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. The girls perform for young people who are still detained.
Our community partners include CHRIS Kids, Little Debbie's Group Homes, New American Pathways, Global Village Project and ArtsNow.
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In October 2006 we piloted our After-School Program. Two days each week for eight weeks, our artists worked with nine middle-school girls to help them develop self-confidence, proficiency with theatre skills and a strong sense of ensemble through the use of use theatre techniques. The program was held at the city of Atlanta J.D. Sims recreation center. At the end of the program, there was a showing of the material the girls created for friends, family and the community. Since then, we have run programs at various locations, and came to be housed at MLK Middle School.
Currently we are partnering with the Global Village Project to provide an ongoing in-school residency for refugee girls.
Through several community partnerships, our teachers present short-term workshops in both middle and high schools. These workshops range in content, but are created with the intention of teaching students how to address the issues of tolerance and prejudice through the theatrical medium.
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We have created a Mentor Program for Playmaking for Girls to enhance the connection that we have with the participants. To date we have trained nine women to support girls once they’ve graduated from other PFG programs. Please let us know if you are interested in becoming a mentor to one of our girls.