What KCPT does to enrich our community

Youth Education

  • Artists in the Schools:  Early Childhood – Teaching artists conduct theater classes at the Grant Street Elementary School/ Port Townsend Individualized Choice Educational (I.C.E)./Crescent School District. Self expression and literacy skills are emphasized through improvisation, storytelling and reading aloud for an audience.
  • Theatre Adventure Club:  Grades K – 8 — In co-ordination with the YMCA, three eight-week sessions held on Early Release Wednesdays to increase students’ literacy skills and self expression.  Open to all students throughout Jefferson County.
  • Summer Theatre Camps:  Ages 5 – 18 years – Three weeks of Summer Theater Camps are offered to all school-age students in our community. Teaching artists provide classes in movement and dance, music and voice, improvisation, and play creation. 60% of 2009 participants received scholarships to cover all or a portion of the tuition.

KCPT Youth Education programs are supported in part by a grant from Target

  • TeenLab:  Ages 13 – 19 years – This month-long intensive is part master class, part production result. Student artists write, develop and perform their own collaboration. Acting lessons, writing sessions and the unique experience of performing new, self-created work together. TeenLab opens a way for heightened self-expression and the employment of new skill sets for the young artist. Public performances result at KCPT’s playhouse with the collaboration of students from JCS, I.C.E, Port Townsend School District (PTSD) and Olympic Peninsula Home Connections (OPHC).
  • High School Internships:  7th – 12th grade – Internships provide opportunities for arts credit to Jefferson Community School (JCS) and I.C.E students who are involved in the work of producing plays either as performers or in offstage supporting roles.
  • Scholarships:  High School Seniors – Local high school graduates receive scholarships supporting a college or conservatory education in pursuit of a career in drama. Nine students over the last five years have received support from KCPT. One KCPT scholarship winner graduated from her program last year and is now employed in New York by a professional acting ensemble. Three other scholarship awardees are slated to finish their programs within the next year.
  • Apprenticeships:  Post-Secondary – KCPT provides internships and apprenticeships for college students and graduates to gain professional experience, expand personal and occupational networking, and begin mastering their craft in a facilitated, mentored environment. This expedites the difficult, and sometimes slow, process of becoming a theatre arts professional.

Community Partners

“… We believe it is especially important for non-profit organizations to find creative ways to work together to help accomplish our missions… Our partnership with Key City (Public Theatre) resulted in a terrific production that will benefit both animals and the arts, and it raised awareness of both our organizations in the community.” —Pam Kolacy, President of Olympic Mountain Pet Pals

KCPT has joined the following in cooperative programs or events during the past five years:

  • The Port Townsend and Jefferson County Libraries
  • Port Townsend High School
  • Jefferson Community School
  • Grant Street School
  • Crescent School District
  • Swan School
  • Port Townsend Youth Arts Council
  • Port Townsend Arts Commission
  • Centrum for the Arts
  • Washington State Parks
  • Northwind Arts Alliance
  • Port Townsend Photography Club
  • Jefferson County Historical Society
  • Jefferson Land Trust
  • The Wooden Boat Foundation
  • The City of Port Townsend
  • Port Townsend Main Street Association
  • Port Townsend Visitor Center
  • The Recyclery
  • East Jefferson Fire and Rescue
  • United Good Neighbors
  • Olympic Community Action Programs
  • Olympic Pet Pals
  • Dove House
  • Working Image
  • YMCA
  • AAUW / University Women’s Foundation

Community Outreach

  • Pay-What-You-Wish Performances for all productions at the playhouse
  • Shakespeare in the Park – a family friendly event, open to the public by donation
  • PT Shorts – monthly free event in conjunction with Port Townsend’s Gallery Walk
  • Performances in the community – WordPlay series performs throughout Jefferson County
  • “Here, There and Everywhere” – proceeds benefit the local non-profit, Dove House
  • Post–performance discussions with audiences and artists
  • Adult continuing education opportunities in theatre arts
  • In-kind donations provided to local service clubs, cultural organizations and schools
  • Resource to community and arts groups for loan of facility use, equipment, costumes, etc.
  • Facility rental to businesses, community/arts groups and local artists
  • Lobby gallery space provides venue for local artists and photographers