“STARS” THEATRE ARTS TRAINING: One of Common Ground Theatre’s chief roles is to provide youth training as well as educational outreach activities for persons of all ages that help participants gain a deeper understanding of theatre as an art form, acquire theatre skills as a vocation or avocation, and engage in dialogue around the themes and issues raised by the playwrights in the productions on the CGT stage.
Common Ground Theatre’s arts program has recently been re-named the San Diego Theatre Artist Repertory Students (STARS) program. The STARS program is a new initiative created by Common Ground Theatre to build community through the arts by providing students of all ages and abilities with professional, affordable instruction in the performing, fine, and visual arts.
The Common Ground Theatre Arts program was designed for the purpose of educating children and youth in all aspects of theatre performance, as well as creating a pool of talent for Common Ground Theatre and the theatrical community at large. CGT seeks to engage young people’s participation in positive educational and cultural activities that will prevent their involvement with the negative forces that are often a part of their environment. The Common Ground Theatre Arts Academy offers several modules of instruction in theatre arts during the spring and summer, including the national African American Read-In, the Shakespeare Festival and Shakespeare Sonnet celebration, and Readers Theatre works focusing on African American writers.