In 2016, Founding Member and Executive Director—Silas Hall—launched The Five Points Theatre Club. Why? Because despite the overwhelming need for, and value of, theatre arts education in our schools, shrinking budgets don't always leave much room for the arts.
Why Do We Do What We Do?
The Five Points Theatre club is a firm advocate of community strength, diversity, and equality. Through strong relationships and accessible programming we encourage a community-positive image for youth. By providing constructive learning environments, leadership opportunities, and creative autonomy, we allow youth to feel empowered and supported by their community.
FPTC was founded to provide accessible and affordable theatre arts education to any and all students interested in the performative arts. The organization's first two goals were:
1 — Provide an afterschool theatre program for students in the Five Points neighborhood and its surrounding communities.
2 — Save the Crossroads Theatre; a performance space at the Five Points intersection of Welton, Washington, 26th Ave and 27th Ave.
While having a community supported afterschool theatre program may seem like a great idea, if you don't make every effort to tell the community, they'll never know. And it turns out, just because you build it doesn’t mean they will come.
Community has to come first.
The afterschool program was launched in Fall of 2016 and dried up almost immediately. Subsequently, although not directly related, the Crossroads Theatre closed its doors shortly thereafter.
What do we learn from our failures?
Community has to come first.
Our setbacks taught us to rethink how we approached the organization. So we broke from our afterschool programming plans, rolled up our sleeves and met students and community members where they were at. We began our most successful, recurring theatre program—ACTING OUT!—in December of 2016. This free, monthly workshop is housed at the Mercury Café and is an all-ages workshop meant for families and community members to engage in fun, accessible, theatre arts education. It has been an incredible triumph, growing from zero students in December of 2016 to more than 30 attendees in March of 2018, -now boasting a complimentary class —Acting Out Jr!— specifically geared towards younger students.
And it started with community.
One family came, and then another, and then another…
When we got out of our own way, and let community do its thing, we flourished.
What did we learn from our success?
It’s rooted in our mission. It’s rooted in our work. And when we got out of our own way, and let community do its thing, we flourished.
It’s been more than two years since The Five Points Theatre Club launched its vision to share theatre arts with the community. We have been fortunate to connect with wonderful community partners including Hope Online, The Epworth Foundation, Skinner Middle School, and others to share our passion, talents, and theatre arts enthusiasm with the community we serve.
We hope you’ll spend some time looking into the services we provide, and attending one of our free ACTING OUT! events.
Most importantly, we hope you’ll become a part of this community. Together, we can share necessary and impacting theatre arts education with a new generation of young people, prime to lead our communities toward a bright future.
Join our community.
Join our club.
The Five Points Theatre Club Team