A theater company that puts the process of creating theater into the hands of young people, Encore has produced 223 plays for over 375,000 audience members – and every role has been performed by an actor under the age of 18. A summer musical welcomes high school and college performers itching to return to their artistic home. Technical crew positions offer expert training in props, lighting, effects, and stage management. Year-round classes and a summer drama program help kids hone their skills, while older students hold coveted internships. Partnering with an affordable housing complex, a grocery distribution program, and a county office assisting homeless children, Encore offers movement and creative play, theater and craft activities, and creative arts summer camps, extending its good work into the community. Leadership, creativity, and teamwork are all part of the creative process.
In August, outdoor, in-person classes and outreach programming continued in a hybrid format. Classes during the school year moved to virtual delivery and have seen a decrease in participation (and revenue) – but those who attend find the virtual programming extremely effective. Encore believes that the pandemic will create new opportunities and that it will be able to recover from a position of strength.