Diaz Announces Youth Theater Arts Program

PERTH AMBOY—Mayor Wilda Diaz and the Office of Recreation have partnered with Collaborative Arts (coLAB), a non-profit organization that created an opportunity for the Office of Recreation to conduct a “Theater Arts” program for middle school students.

The goal of this program is to promote and cultivate young theater artists, using what is learned in class as a tool towards creating a final production that draws from the students’ individual language, talents, and experiences.


The structure of the workshop is built upon the creation of a working acting ensemble, where the students begin to discover the physical, technical, and emotional qualities of acting.  Young participants work mostly with classical texts and the universal nature of William Shakespeare’s greatest works.

Diaz said, “I’m a big fan of the arts. I believe that it allows for self-expression and builds confidence. I want to thank coLAB for creating an opportunity for our middle school students to tap into talents and gifts they may have never exercised.”

The program is currently held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 6 p.m. at the YMCA Auditorium.  Participants come from both middle schools in the district, ranging in grades from 5th – 8th. An adaptation of a Shakespeare play will be performed on April 11 at 2:30 p.m. at the Perth Amboy YMCA located on 365 New Brunswick Avenue

For information about the performance show or information about theater arts programs, contact the Office of Recreation at: 1-732-826-1690 ext. 4305.

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