Junior Players has provided unique arts education programming to the youth of North Texas since 1955, exclusively providing FREE arts education programs in local recreation and cultural centers, low-income housing developments, elementary, middle and high schools and through social service agencies serving at-risk youth. Junior Players Discover Theater Summer Camps and Discover Ourselves After School Workshops focus on children ages 5 to 18 in underserved areas of the community. Junior Players Discover Shakespeare program combines the best of local high-school acting talent with the professional skills of the Shakespeare Dallas staff in a teen production of Shakespeare presented in performances at Samuell-Grand Park Amphitheatre. In collaboration with a variety of organizations, including Letot, Promise House and the Dallas Independent School District, Junior Players teen and Visions of Peace programs work with high-risk teens who are challenged to write about their life experiences, create and perform their own productions and resolve their conflicts through communication in a non-violent manner. Junior Players' Advanced Acting Workshops and PUP Fest and the D-PAC collaboration (Dallas – Playwriting Arts Collective) programs offer professional training in acting and playwriting for area high school students. 2018 was the second year of Junior Players’ panel called Youth in Arts Panel: Creating an Equitable Arts Funding Landscape which was an in-depth panel discussion focusing on preparing our youth to become the next generation of arts and civic leaders with an emphasis on equitable funding for the arts. Junior Players also offers its Fall Dance Production and Winter Musical Production to North Texas teens with the opportunity to perform at the Moody Performance Hall.
Junior Players Arts Education Programs are playing an important role in providing structured, alternative activities for low-moderate income youth. In addition, these programs are helping develop on-going skills in literacy, decision-making, communication and cultural awareness. Our programs are directly serving low-moderate income children who have had little or no access to the arts.