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Connect. Engage. Inspire.
Rise! is Near West Theatre’s after school theatre arts enrichment program.
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.
This program serves all participants, but recent sessions have helped us to reach participants that are traditionally underserved by the arts.
Donations of all sizes create artistic opportunities for hundreds of youth and adults each year.
Become a Volunteer
Near West Theatre was founded on volunteer support, and it sustains us to this day. Discover the ways to get involved.
Every show, every program, every event is made possible by donors like you. Monthly gifts make a sustaining impact!
Our journey started with a big vision and a small seed. Over 43 years later, that vision has transformed thousands of lives and a near west side community.
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