Camden Repertory Theater Community Development Group
445 Mechanic Street
Camden, NJ 08104
ContactMs. Desi Seck
Grant DetailsRapid response grant.
Founded by Camden, NJ native Desi P. Shelton in 2005, Camden Repertory Theater staged its inaugural production in August 2006. As an MFA student at Sarah Lawrence College, Desi wrestled with the absence of voices like her own?those of urban, women of color?from the Western theatrical cannon. As she continued to grapple with attendant themes of inclusion, representation, and the self-perpetuating nature of authority, she returned to Camden after graduate school, committed to bringing a high-quality aesthetic to community-based theater that serves as the force behind creative place making. Shortly thereafter, she began to hear refrains from artists and community stakeholders that local universities and area venues were less than enthusiastic in their reception of Camden?s local talent. Her charge quickly became apparent: create a home where local artists could be nurtured, and provide a vehicle to enable them to tell their stories. Camden Repertory Theater approaches year twelve and continues to grow as an organization, and remains as committed as ever to our core values: providing first-class performance art to Camden residents, serving as a community anchor and driver of urban revitalization; developing arts administrators and designers of color; and arts in education: Preparing Artists for College Entrance and Hammer and Nails. Over the past fourteen years, Camden Repertory Theater has brought performing arts to hundreds of thousands of the city?s residents people throughout the country ?the majority of whom are low-income, underserved and would not otherwise have access to live theater. In addition to our regular season programming, Camden Repertory Theater?s portfolio of community outreach programs include: Community Development: MIC CHECK (Musicians Investing in Camden?s Community Homes Economics Culture Knowledge) Arts in Education: PACE (Preparing Artists for College Entrance) Hammer & Nails, a theater design apprenticeship program for girls.