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About Passage

Vision
At its best, theater transforms – inspires understanding of the rich diversity of the human experience, gives voice to the silent, and dignity to the dispirited. Through the creation and production of theater, we chart a passage to grace - in ourselves, in others, and throughout our community.
Mission
Passage Theatre Company is committed to the creation and production of socially relevant new plays and community devised arts programming that transforms the lives of individuals and community.
  • Passage Creates new work in order to advance and diversify the art-form and our collective culture, affording emerging and established playwrights a platform for sharing diverse perspectives on complex and important issues.
  • Passage Produces theater with professionalism and integrity, affording professional, emerging and youth actors the rare opportunity to breathe life into new characters and speak their truths to inspire, educate and entertain diverse audiences.
  • Passage Educates youth and adults of all ages and backgrounds to explore, fully realize and share their greatest creative potential and the potential of community through the power of expression - onstage, in the classroom, in their neighborhoods and across the nation.
  • Passage Aspires to achieve national prominence as a creative force for advancing the art form, as a model for transforming community through arts and in transforming lives through the power of theatre.
Core Values
Inclusion, Community, Authenticity
  • Trenton Lights
    Trenton Lights

    2010 World Premiere production featuring the true stories and words of Trenton residents (A Community Lights Project). Co-created by June Ballinger & David Lee White. Directed by Adam Immerwahr. Photo: Michael Goldstein

  • Blood: A Comedy
    Blood: A Comedy

    World premiere developed in Passage's Play Lab. Written by Associate Artistic Director David Lee White. The hit of the 2009-10 season. Damon Bonetti, Sean Roach, June Ballinger (L to R).

  • The Deacons
    The Deacons

    Cast and crew of the world premiere by Trenton-resident and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa. The play received a reading, a workshop and initial production directed by Kemati Porter at Passage over 3 years.

  • The Devil's Music
    The Devil's Music

    Passage's production, starring Miche Braden and directed by Joe Brancato, went on to play at regional theaters including the George Street Playhouse, and an extended run off-Broadway.

  • Firegirls
    Firegirls

    Part of the Theatre's education programs with Trenton youth.

  • Playmaking
    Playmaking

    Professional teaching artists acting in plays written by teens and children. The program encourages self esteem and literacy.

  • Trenton High School Festival
    Trenton High School Festival

    Passage Theatre's teaching artists worked with students at Trenton Central High to create a festival of short plays written and performed by students in the TCH Theatre Troupe.