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“Growing in stride with the community.”

NSTEP, or Norristown Supplemental Theatre Education Partnerships, is a core part of Theatre Horizon’s commitment to the Norristown community. NSTEP offers ongoing free and subsidized theatre arts education programs in collaboration with our renowned community partners, including schools with the Norristown Area School District, ACLAMO Family Centers, GirlsFirst, the WOW Program, and The Willow School. Through NSTEP, Theatre Horizon works to enrich the cultural life of our Norristown community by producing quality theatrical experiences and programs accessible to students in Norristown of all ages. NSTEP—the next step on our horizon.

NSTEP’s Summer Drama Camp

This summer, Theatre Horizon will host a summer drama camp. Young actors will spend a week working as an ensemble to create an original play full of drama, comedy, suspense, and one-of-a-kind characters! Everything from the setting to the plot to the characters are created by the campers. On the last day, they perform their world premiere play for an audience with props and costumes! The cost for this five-day camp is pay-what-you-can, starting at $150. Learn more and register here.

Our Participants:

  • Norristown Residents: Pre-School through Grade 12

Outcomes for Participants:

  • Participants will learn theatre basics as transferable life skills
  • Participants will have fun shared arts experiences together and with members of the community
  • Participants will be better able to express their own opinions and ideas
  • Participants will be better able to play and work cooperatively
  • Participants will have increased positive self-image

We will accomplish these outcomes by:

TEACHING theatre basics as holistic, applicable, and valuable life skills
CONNECTING theater arts and community
ENCOURAGING confidence and creativity
NURTURING acceptance and teamwork
CULTIVATING positive self-identity

Meeting a Need in Norristown / Filling a Learning Gap for Kids

Numerous studies have demonstrated a correlation between drama involvement and overall academic achievement. There is increasing evidence that arts educational experiences can produce significant positive impacts on academic and social development. Of the findings, studies have shown that drama activities improve reading comprehension, both verbal and non-verbal communication skills, and improvisational drama contributes to improved reached achievement and attitude in underserved students. Even with this knowledge, theater programs in schools are on the decline across the nation, high-poverty areas like Norristown are among the most heavily affected. A study done by the National Center for Education Statistics revealed a disparity between affluent and low-income school districts, where students of the latter are almost 30% less likely to have access to theatre instruction. NSTEP seeks to supplement these missed opportunities, leading to more well-rounded, higher accomplishing, students across the Norristown district.

Current Partners

Girls First, The Willow School, ACLAMO Family Centers, Norristown Area Schools

For more information contact Mydera Taliah Robinson, Director of Community Investment at Mydera@TheatreHorizon.org or 610-283-2230 x710.