End of Year Shareformance


In partnership with EIGHT WAVES

Performed by Eight Waves Students, in partnership with Garden Theatre Education


May 22, 2024 at 3:30 pm

This year, Garden Theatre Education partnered with Eight Waves to provide a free theatre education residency throughout the school year. Once a month we met to work with Eight Waves students, building theatre performance skills. This residency will culminate in a free public student-devised shareformance to thank the volunteers, community, and supporters of the Eight Waves organization. 


Eight Waves invests in the lives of children, youth, and families who live in under-resourced communities by working together, building the healthy support systems they need to thrive, and empowering them to create lasting change in their own lives and communities. We envision a community where every child experiences a variety of positive and encouraging opportunities. These opportunities provide a sense of belonging and allow each child the ability to achieve his or her full potential both individually and as a member of the community.


At Garden Theatre, our mission is to inspire discovery through theatrical experiences that are innovative, impactful, and inclusive. We believe that all people should have access to arts education and experiences. Garden Theatre wants to be a theatre for the community.  We want community members from every walk of life to be able to experience theatre in a new light and gain from its social, emotional, and developmental benefits. 

Our Garden Theatre commitment to providing equitable and inclusive performing arts education experiences is the foundation of the Arts For All Community Education Program.  What we learned is that not everyone has the ability to get to our historic theatre and, in order for us to realize our mission, we needed to take the arts into our community and create programming that was accessible. It is our vision and commitment to expose as many as possible to the arts who may otherwise be unable to experience them.  Theatre skills ARE life skills and through these experiences, our students and the community will grow.

With this vision in mind, Garden Theatre has developed programming with a focus toward at risk and underserved persons.  We are not merely expanding our educational offerings to include more camps, classes, and workshops but the Garden is strategically focused on who we want to serve and how to best serve them. We are growing these programs with an intended impact, not just a desire to increase student participation. 

Perhaps most importantly, Garden Theatre has partnered with other community nonprofits and local schools at no cost to deliver this programming to the at risk and under served persons that our partners already support.  These partnerships have a multiplier effect of benefit on our community.  And, in many instances, they occur at their physical location and do not require transport to our theatre – a long standing barrier to the arts for many families.  

An example of this success is the partnership that Garden Theatre has with Eight Waves.  What began as a conversation has evolved into a hallmark program of success.

This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support for Garden Theatre is provided by generous individual donors and United Arts of Central Florida, home of OrlandoAtPlay.com and UAArtsEd.com.

May 22 @ 12:00
12:00 am

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