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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Theater, Youth Development - Citizenship

Mission: Pin Points Theatre uses the process of theater to teach the use of attitudes, skills and resources that lead to successful lives. We apply this mission especially to youth-at-risk in the D.C. area. The skills of auditions call for the same skills that job interviews require. Directing actors is the same as supervising employees. Coordinating tasks of actors and stage crews require the same organizational skills required in assigning jobs to employees. Paying performers brings in the business principles of accounting. Promoting shows is in line with marketing principles of selling any product. Managing a theater company requires the same skills necessary for running a corporation. Abstinence from sex, drugs and violence increases a young persons' chances for success in theater as well as in life. ACTING is simply the ACT of communicating, i.e., using facial expressions, body language, and articulation to send a message that causes someone to ACT, reACT, or take ACTion. According to recent police department statistics, cited in the Washington Post (S. Weichselbaum, 7/24/03), "eighty percent of DC's homicides occur East of the River and parts of nearby northeast Washington." This rate is comparable to the rate of drug arrests and teen sexual activity, which is considerably high across the city. Our programs use the lure of the performing arts to open youth to alternative after-school activities as well as lessons in alternative behavior that encourage abstinence from sex, drugs, and violence.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

Pin Points is an excellent creative and visionary company, that is community and youth focused. It started out as a grassroot neighborhood theater group, entertaining around the the DC metro area. As the company notoriety grew so did pin points goals and vision. The impact of the multiple plays that were put on started people talking, listening and spreading the word about this unique entertaining company. The creater, developer CEO Ersky freeman is a musician, play write, actor, singer and entreprenuer. With his professional and upstart actors, and supporting staff and volunteers he has, over the past 20 years taken Pin points to audiences all over the country and internationally. Now Pin points is bnringing their expertise and entertainment back to the roots to educate and save our future the Youth, through partnerships with local government and private entities and funding. Pin Points is relevent and is still making a difference in many lives.

Kepa F.


Rating: 5

Pin Points is one of the most diversely community serving organizations that I have ever participated in. Pin Points has been around since I was 8 years old and I've been watching my Dad not only actively manage and participate in an array of community initiatives, but I've also seen him support those who have worked with him as they go out to change the world in their own way. It's like watching the Pin Points family tree grow, year after year, branch after branch. I've had the privilege of being a part of Pin Point's partnership with the Kiamsha Youth Empowerment Organization (which I later joined and am eternally grateful for having been a part of.) I was blessed to help Dad run the My Way summer youth program at Anacostia High School in Southeast DC. I was also able to see the amazing work that PinPoints was doing in its mentoring program (tutoring, theatre training, job training, martial arts. . . the works!!!) Growing up, I was able to see "edu-tainment" at its best in plays like 1,001 Black Inventions, the Meeting, and Hooked on Love as Pin Points travelled around the country to schools and colleges, educating young minds on the intellectual contributions of African Americans. Yet, still he always had time to take care of family, and the people that he worked with, which I see plenty of at our family events, because that's how people are treated at Pin Points and in everything that Pin Points. I'm sure he doesn't want me bragging about him, but I'm really not. I'm just sharing what I've seen him do, and what he's empowered others to do. Oh, and did I mention, that's just the stuff I've seen? I can only begin to list everything that Pin Points has been a part of or initiated over the years, but I know that my time with Kiamsha (via Pin Points) led me to go on to start my own youth empowerment organization, that's still running strong. Thanks Pin Points for the contributions! KEEP CHANGING THE WORLD!!!!



Rating: 5

Pin Points is an Organization that has entertained, educated, employed, consulted, uplifted, trained and supported young people and adults of all ages and colors all over the USA and Internationally for more than 30 years. In my opinion, this Organization has been a Theatrical Griot for the remembrance and accomplishments of African and African American scholars, artists, scientists and inventors and their tremendous contributions to the world. James Cunningham