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Connect. Engage. Inspire.

Rise! is Near West Theatre’s after school theatre arts enrichment program.

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Participants hone their acting & improvisation, writing, and creative skillsets while working on a final performance project that will challenge them to connect with their peers and the Shoreway community. The program meets twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:30pm, with a snack provided when participants arrive. This program is open to ages 9 – 15, and no previous acting experience is necessary.

An annual performance is held in May. 


In addition to a focus on creative skillsets, Rise! helps students to grow and develop socially and emotionally. Teaching artists focus on supporting youth through this journey and the outcomes from recent sessions demonstrate this impact.

  • 89% of Rise! participants reported gains in self-confidence
  • 81% reported of Rise! Participants demonstrated gains in confidence in meeting new people
  • 95% reported feeling supported in learning new things
  • 73% reported an increase in being able to control their reactions to their feelings
  • 86% reported feeling more empowered to stand up for what they believe in

This program serves all participants, but recent sessions have helped us to reach participants that are traditionally underserved by the arts.

  • 68% of participants are from low-income households
  • 72% are non-white
  • 37% are multiracial
  • 91% are City of Cleveland residents (64% share NWT's zip code: 44102)
  • 56% have reported special conditions, including: learning disability, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, or trauma
  • 37% are multiracial
  • 91% are City of Cleveland residents (64% share NWT’s zip code 44102)
  • 56% of participants have reported special conditions including: learning disability, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, and other trauma.

Ready to join?

Contact Trinidad Snider: 216-961-9750 x109.

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