As the nation's longest-running theatre of color and largest producer of Asian Pacific American (APA) creative work, EWP is committed to using the unique platform of theatre to tell multifaceted stories of the APA experience and develop new artists. The LA Times has described EWP as a model for organizations that generate support from a community, instead of relying on the success of a particular show. Founded in 1965, at a time when Asian Pacific Americans faced limited or no opportunities to see their experiences outside of stereotypical and often demeaning caricatures in the American landscape, EWP continues to be a leader in pushing for diverse representation in theatre and media, as an advocate and leading by example.
Theatre for Youth arts education programs include:
- The Touring Production, which gives approximately 35 performances each year at schools, libraries, community centers, and other public venues, serving up to 15,000 community members, primarily students in grades 7-12 at Title I schools. Each play’s subject matter is designed to integrate history and social studies through performance, incorporating multiple areas of the common core curriculum. Performances are accompanied by a study guide to encourage further classroom learning and discussion.
- Partners in Education and Arts Collaboration (PEAC) is an afterschool theatre artist residency program, which provides intensive, in-depth workshops culminating in students performing their own work for an audience of peers and family members. Led by a trained teaching artist, each residency meets twice per week for six weeks, and serves approximately 15-20 students.