Performers from SYVPI/Engaged Theatre 2012
Performers from SYVPI/Engaged Theatre 2012
Performer from SYVPI/Engaged Theatre Youth Residency 2011
Performers from SYVPI/Engaged Theatre Youth Residency 2011

Engaged Theatre Residencies

Robin Lynn Smith, the Artistic Director at Freehold Theatre, created an extraordinary program in 2003.  The Engaged Theatre program tours theatrical performances and workshops to culturally under-served populations.  Additionally, Freehold facilitates an annual residency at three separate Washington Corrections facilities, in which we enable the participants to write, direct, rehearse, and perform their own show in a five-month period. Residencies guide participants through the creation of an original performance based on an exploration of the archetypal hero’s journey. Participants invite their peers, friends and family to watch their performance at the culmination of the residency.

During the weeks of generative work, the participants of the three residencies will be guided through many writing exercises and in the process tell their stories, create new stories and write their own poetry. The writings are compiled into a bound book and these are given to the inmates, their families and Freehold supporters who are interested in this project.

In addition to the three residencies at WCCW, Monroe Correctional Complex for Men and Echo Glen Children's Detention Center, in the Fall of 2011 we also ran a residency with Seattle area youth in collaboration with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI).  The Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative Grant targeted youth involved in or at risk of involvement in violence.

Over several months, five teenagers from different areas of Seattle working alongside our Teaching Artists opened themselves up in ways they never have before.  Through writing exercises they created over 70 pages of text.  The final performance was a mixture of poetry, theater and music in both solo and ensemble pieces.  The final performance was shared with the general public and was received with great acclaim from the attendees.

Washington Corrections Center for Women
Teaching Artists: Robin Lynn Smith, Rebecca Tourino-Collingsworth, Caroline Brown, Jessica Robinson, Tayrn Collis

Monroe Correctional Complex for Men
Teaching Artists: Daemond Arrindell, Carter Rodriquez

Echo Glen Children’s Detention Center
Teaching Artists: Daemond Arrindell, Carter Rodriquez

A partnership of Freehold's Engaged Theatre program and the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative -
Aloud Residency - We are beginning our Aloud residency at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center on September 20th, an after school theatre residency in partnership with Southwest Youth and Family Services and Seattle Youth Violence Prevention initiative.  The final residency performance will be open to the public and will be held on November 17th.
Teaching Artists:  Daemond Arrindell, Carter Rodriquez

Past Performances: Original Performance by Youth:  "We Are Tomorrow's Today" with the Detention All-Stars - October - December, 2011