Company members with Davidson College students 
Education and Related Programs

Playworks' projects are often catalysts for additional education efforts inspired by the plays, stories and events. The production of Lunch at the Piccadilly has helped create a conversation about aging and caregiving. It also resulted in a 10% sales increase for its sponsor. The education aspects of the production of A Midsummer Night's Dream involved thousands of students, providing a unique, live experience that promotes teamwork and enhances theatre training as well as the study of literature. The production of Open Season offered a work/study for theatre majors to partner with professional artists in all aspects of production. Many performances are followed by discussions, further exploring the story's connection to everyday life. Playworks seeks new ways to find each project's relevance for its audience, as well as innovative ways to collaborate with production sponsors.

Some of the 25 members of the onstage choir for Lucas Hnath's 
play "The Christians;" representing the broader community.

"The play embodies universal conflicts in a unique way, driving us to consider how we decide whom to trust and follow."
Suzanne Newsom, choir member

"Being a part of this production encourages us to examine what we believe, and why, on a much deeper level."
Daryl Brown, choir member

Cirque du Soleil's Karl Baumann trains students during 'Dream'.
Playworks sponsored the project's education workshops.

"Thank you for providing students with the opportunity of Shakespeare as it was intended - on a stage with live actors."
Connie Rafferty, Bishop McGuinness High School

"Lunch at the Piccadilly" was also the catalyst for intergenerational programs.
'Heart to Heart' paired musicians with residents in retirement communities.

Post-show 'Piccadilly' talk with authors Clyde Edgerton, Mike Craver, director and cast

"The talkback provided an amazing bonus. The musical and talkback sparked so many valuable conversations."
Nancy Culp

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever see a musical about assisted living. It's fun and real and sensitively presented. We often forget to look at our older loves ones as the heroes they really are. Well done!"
Andi Reese, performer, gerontologist, and Medicare counselsor

Private kickoff event at Aldersgate ccrc, production sponsor for "Lunch at the Piccadilly"

Aldersgate's Tim Rogers and Steve Umberger
talk with WBT's Kristen Miranda about Piccadilly.

"Aldersgate's sponsorship of Piccadilly transformed our presence in the region. It
gave our community great market distinction, and in creating the project with Playworks we elevated our standing as a leading voice for elders."
Tim Rogers, Director of Mission Advancement, Aldersgate

Clyde Edgerton (second from right) at the Piccadilly opening.
Edgerton has been deeply involved in Piccadilly's outreach.

Photos: production of Lunch at the Piccadilly at Booth Playhouse/Blumenthal Arts, and Aldersgate photo: Donna Bise; Production of Dream with NC Shakespeare Festival photos: Nyghtfalcon; WBTV interview photo: Kathy Rowan

See more about some of the people and partners who have been involved in projects