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Signature Theater Programs within LEAP are specially designed residencies and workshops that support creative youth development in the school classrooms and afterschool spaces.   The common thread that exists within the curriculum for the playwriting, musical theatre, dance and monologue competition programs is storytelling.   K-12 students are guided to learn and perform the stories that reflect their culture, their music and experiences.  We center the untold stories of young people who impacted social change and our residencies and workshop create spaces that promote creative expression that culminate in performances within the school and in their communities.

Our Signature Programs include the opportunity for young people to collaborate  as an ensemble in stage performances, to devise stories surrounding the lived experiences of youth from the past or to explore justice based themes that are interwoven in monologues written by influential contemporary playwrights.


Next Narrative Monologue Competition 2023

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Developed by True Colors Theatre Company, the Next Narrative Monologue Competition is a new, national program for high school students that features the works of contemporary African-American playwrights

The LEAP 360 Musical Theater Residency Program provides a fully immersive experience in musical theater, connecting performance arts with history and social justice.

Poetry in Motion is a movement-based, storytelling residency that combines the language of poetry and the power of dance.  By using poetry as the driving force, students will explore literary devices and learn how to use those tools to inform movement exploration.


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LEAP OnStage is an intensive playwriting residency that immerses young people in storytelling, and creative expression. Students work with theater teachers and professional directors to learn dramatic structure and how to write their own five to 10-minute plays.

The Young Artivists Residency Program is a collaborative devising experience connecting performance art with social justice and activism.  Teaching Artists and participating youth, who we refer to as Young Artivists explore theater through co-creating, rehearsing and performing original work centering current and historic social issues they seek to affect.  Invaluable leadership and mentoring experiences along with activities that promote culture, civic action, and collective healing are integrated into the curriculum.   

LEAP Artists LIVE! provides educational performances of professional theater productions, which foster personal connections to the arts. Explore untold civil rights stories from the youth perspective with The Movement, learn about the complexities of life that teenaged sharecroppers faced in the blues musical Southern Folk, or delve into women's suffrage through the lens of Caribbean and African-American women in Liberty & Justice, three original, award-winning shows by Kathy D. Harrison.

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