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Quick “About Us” Bullet Points:
#WheresAWIP : Our locations
- Classes and rehearsals are held at The Centenary United Methodist Church in Attleboro (for this year only)
- Special workshops/master classes are held at various places as listed in our locations below.
- Mainstage and Junior Performances are held at Tolman High School in Pawtucket
- Smaller Plays and Presentations are held at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Attleboro
- Our Locations
#WhatisAWIP: General Information
- Regular classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Fall (8-week sessions from September-October) and Winter/Spring (10-week sessions from Jan-Mar). Classes run all day for all ages.
- Production classes (Mainstage in the fall; Junior Production in the spring) run for 12 weeks with a large production at the end
- Special TIP Crew Tech Classes are held on Fridays at our Performance Location
- summer workshops are held in June and July
#WhoISAWIP: Instructors and Staff
- For Instructors and staff, click here
#WhyAWIP : Our mission statement, story, and goals
The Story of A Work in Progress…
When director Jennifer Roca moved back to Massachusetts from New York City, shortly after 9/11, she spent a few years traveling the state, teaching theatre at performing arts centers, colleges, high schools, and community groups. But once she got married and began having children, that lifestyle was hard to maintain. She thought she may have to stop teaching theatre altogether, when she heard about a group of exceptional homeschool students that met just down the street from her. After teaching and directing these students for five years, she branched off to start A Work in Progress. The name was something she thought of as a temporary name- with the idea that she would come up with a better name once it was more established. And thus, in January of 2013, classes began with 15 eager students. By the fall of 2013, the company had discovered the beautiful theatre in Tolman High School, and “Singin in the Rain” was performed with a cast of only 15 students, none of which had ever performed on a stage of that size before. Yet AWIP managed to pull out all the stops- from professional lighting and costuming to special effects and intricate choreography. And it was then that it became real: that this ‘work in progress’ experiment had substance… and that the name was going to stick. Now, 5 years later, the company has grown to serving over 100 students, is officially incorporated as a nonprofit organization, has an active Board of Directors and Advisory Team, and will be expanding to serve more than just homeschoolers in the area. At A Work in Progress, we want you to feel warmly welcomed and comfortable from the moment you register to the moment you step on the stage. We want students of all ages and abilities to gain confidence while using their gifts and talents to bless their castmates and audiences. We are built on a Christian foundation, but want everyone to feel welcomed, encouraged, and embraced when they are with us, no matter what their background. Our hope is that students will let their light shine- not just on the stage, but in class with each other, and in the communities that we perform for.
Where We Are Now:
A Work in Progress is Incorporated as of June 2, 2015, and officially became a 501(c)(3) corporation in July of 2015. We have been operating as a Non-Profit from the beginning- which does NOT mean that our staff is not paid. We pay our instructors well in order to secure the most qualified teachers! Being a Non-Profit means that any ‘extra’ that we make — the profit– does not go to any overhead, or any one person. It goes back into the company, as scholarship funds and other funds designed to keep costs as low as possible. To learn more about giving to our company, and what our needs are, click here.
- Jennifer Roca, current Executive Director
- Kim Beck, currently serving as Head of the AD Players Educational Wing in Houston, TX!
- Pamela Macbeth, current Costume Coordinator, Designer, and Sewing Instructor
- Nicole Eckerson, current Advisory Team Member who served as Secretary of the company for 5 years
- Brandon Latham, Logo Design [visit https://www.facebook.com/LathamDesign]
- Erin Westerlind, Guest Choreographer, currently teaching at On the Barre Dance Studio
Core Values of A Work in Progress
A Work In Progress Productions (AWIP) exists to enrich individuals, families, and our community as a whole by providing positive experiences in the performing arts. This includes excellent, affordable, family-friendly performance and educational opportunities in a safe environment for participants of all ages. Built on a Christian Foundation yet welcoming all, we offer professional teaching, catering to the schedules of homeschoolers.
A Work in Progress provides training in the following areas, and more:
- Full-length stage productions
- Dance classes for all school ages
- Acting classes and workshops for all skill levels and ages
- Training in Tech: sound, lighting, sets and costumes
- Master Classes taught by local professionals
- film classes, photography, art, and more!
- Salt+Light: An exclusive outreach group, partnering with local churches and community groups as they reach out to their neighborhoods