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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.

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Working with Pin Points over the last twenty years has been an extraordinary experience for me, my students, and the community. I am always promoting Pin Points to my friends and associates who, upon experiencing one of their programs or performances, immediately embrace them as educators, entertainers, workforce development professionals, and community activists. Probably my most rewarding interaction with Pin Points was when I decided to introduce them to my deaf college-aged students at Gallaudet. I wondered if communication would be an insurmountable barrier that would prevent my students from appreciating the message and the performance. Quite the contrary! Pin Points worked with young deaf men who were a part of Keeping the Promise, an organization dedicated to providing deaf Black males with the skills and support necessary to graduate from Gallaudet with a degree. Working in conjunction with a deaf theater company, Pin Points produced a performance that was accessible to both hearing and deaf individuals. Students in the program and others on campus were invited to audition for parts in the play, “One Thousand and One Black Inventions.” The deaf students had an opportunity to work with and learn from their hearing peers and professionals. The CEO of Pin Points also gave a presentation and talked about writing, careers in the theater, and the contributions of African Americans to the world we live in. Each student received a copy of the booklet One Thousand and One Black Inventions, authored by Pin Points founder Ersky Freeman. Students were in awe as they discovered the intellectual contributions of African Americans. What a memorable interactive lecture that was! Of course, one visit is never enough. Pin Points has performed for the deaf community at Gallaudet on numerous occasions and offered programs and performances that have constructed a strong bridge of mutual respect and understanding between the deaf and hearing communities.