In the last four years, Muncie Civic has increased education and outreach programming to make an even stronger impact in the community. Theatre advances the community’s quality of life, giving adults and youth alike a creative outlet while encouraging self-expression. Theatre training strengthens essential life skills, including reading and comprehension, public speaking, self-confidence, and teamwork.
Current education programs:
Youth Theatre Education League consists of four shows featuring kids ages 5-18 who audition, rehearse, and then perform on the Main Stage. In the last three years, this program has more than doubled its participants, (from 75 to over 250).
Ball State engagement provides theatre education majors opportunities to direct or assistant direct the youth shows. Other Ball State students can gain experience in acting, dancing, directing, theatre management, stage management, lighting, costume, set design and construction, and graphic design.
Good Morning Starshine is a storytelling program for children ages 3-5. Parents and children can sing together, exploring a different theme each week.
Current outreach programs:
Barrier-Free Theatre is a program designed to work with adults with physical, mental, and developmental disabilities, allowing them to learn life-skills through acting and performance. Barrier-Free participants benefit from emotional and cognitive growth, while the whole community benefits from enhanced awareness.
Survivor Voices is a group of people who reflect on their cancer journeys through song and perform once a year on the Main Stage.
Group Therapy Sessions with the Youth Opportunity Center are being introduced in the cabin communities, where at-risk children can practice creative socialization.
Theatre for Young Audiences presents two youth-targeted shows which are among the six productions in the Studio Theatre Series. These interactive shows are then toured to the YMCA, the Roy C. Buley Community Center, the Muncie Boys and Girls Club, and Motivate Our Minds.