E.D.G.E.’s acronym stands for “Esteem Development Through Greater Expectations”. Using the theatre arts we educate and entertain to foster the tools of social change. EDGE has a goal of finding every participant’s personal best and holding them accountable to it. EDGE’s main thrust is developing theatre for marginalized communities and to bring a message of non-violence, civic, and social change through exploration of the theatre arts.
Status: We believe that giving a participant performance opportunities elevates them in status to their community. That status gives power, and that power can be wielded to evoke change.
Self esteem: When we do the impossible it makes us mighty. Whether its mounting a play in 8 weeks or making a speech for the first time, we are not afraid of the challenge and the possibility of failure. Only by challenging the possible and succeeding against the odds will we build the strength to endure life’s obstacles and the pride when we succeed.
Non-Violence through Action: We explore the impulses and get behind the scenes on feelings of aggression. We encourage “play” in a safe environment where participants can harness their bodies and minds into one spirit. Then use that spirit for peace.
Sectors of EDGE:
- EDGE Core: These are company produced classes offered on our select curriculum in theatre, social skills, history and stage combat
- EDGE Satellite: These are programs that EDGE has been asked to produce, collaborate, expand on or sub contracted by on outside produced program
- EDGE Troupe: This professional actor centric program provides a training ground for interns from our marginalized community to observe the highest standards of professionalism and be part of the process. It also is meant to generate much needed funds to support EDGE Core and EDGE Satellite.
- EDGE Workshops: These limited time commitment programs are meant to harness our educational and entertainment abilities in a workshop environment. These programs are targeted for School Assemblies, Conventions and Camps.