Community Outreach

Thank you for visiting our Community Outreach page! Passage has a number of programs that work to reach out to the Trenton and Mercer County communities. To find out more about these programs, please email info@passagetheatre.org.

Community Dialogues

Our Community Dialogues sessions give our audiences the opportunity to ask questions and share experiences regarding the topics addressed in our Mainstage Shows. These discussions include 4-5 panelists and a moderator from local nonprofit organizations who have an expertise in the given field or topic. Resources and information regarding a number of local organizations
who address the given topic are also offered. Community Dialogues attendees receive reduced price tickets to the affiliated production.

20-21 Community Dialogue: Adoption & the Identity Journey: a Panel Discussion

  • Connected to A TWIST OF WATER, a play by Caitlin Parrish
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 6:30pm
  • Location: TBA
  • Description: This free community discussion will include a panel of five experts who can provide insight into the process of adoption in the Mercer County Area. It will also touch on how families can prepare for welcoming a child into their home and what to consider when choosing adoption. The topic is linked to our upcoming production of Caitlin Parrish’s play A TWIST OF WATER, which will play at the Mill Hill Playhouse from April 29-May 16, 2021.
  • Panelists and Moderator to be announced soon! Please check back for details.

Post-Show Discussions

Passage’s post-show discussions give audience members the opportunity to ask questions concerning both the artistic process and the social topic addressed in the show. Actors are brought back onstage to answer the artistic questions, and a representative from a local nonprofit pertaining to the show’s subject matter moderates the conversation, making themselves available to answer any questions pertaining to the show’s socially relevant themes. Please see each show’s individual page for a list of Post-Show discussion dates.

Tabling

Passage Tabling at Other Events:


In order to spread the word about Passage’s programming and to become more engaged with our community, Passage often hosts a table at local events put on by other organizations and nonprofits. While plans for many events have been put on hold due to COVID-19, Passage is on the lookout for any local events that we may be able to attend. If you are hosting an event that
you would like to see Passage at, please email info@passagetheatre.org.

Other Non-Profits Tabling at Passage:

Often, when we partner with an organization who is connected to one of our shows, we ask them to provide a table of resources in the lobby at each of the show’s performances. Organizations can either leave their materials for audience members to pick-up, and/or they can send a representative to answer audience questions. If you are a nonprofit interested in one of the themes in an upcoming Passage show and would like to place a table of resources in our lobby, please email info@passagetheatre.org.

Community Partnerships


Passage Partners with many organizations throughout our community in order to spread the word about both their mission and ours. Community Partners for each individual production are listed on each show’s ticketing page. While the following is not a complete list, these are organizations we partner with regularly.

The College of New Jersey

TCNJ’s faculty have helped Passage develop community theatre pieces in the past. In 2014, Passage received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts’s Our Town Program to partner with TCNJ, Isles, and the Trenton Downtown Association, to develop a plan for Trenton’s Creek 2 Canal Arts District.

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Isles

Isles is Passage’s principal partner in planning the Old Town Trenton Arts District. Over the years, the two groups have worked together on various other projects, and teens from the Isles Youth Institute have been frequent collaborators and audience members.

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McCarter Theatre

Passage Theatre has collaborated with McCarter Theatre since its inception in 1985. Both theatres have benefited from sharing skilled designers, technical support, casting and teaching artists. This unique partnership was recognized by the NJ Theater Alliance with a 2013 Applause Award.

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Rider University

Rider students and faculty have worked in a variety of administrative, production, and performance jobs at Passage, and Passage staff have taught courses as adjunct professors at the university. We deeply appreciate the tireless support of the Rider staff and are incredibly grateful for their partnership.

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City of Trenton

Since Passage’s founding in 1985, the City of Trenton has been a steadfast supporter. City of Trenton: The Mill Hill Playhouse, Passage’s home venue, is owned and operated by city. Mayor Reed Gusciora and his team are huge supporters and recognize the contribution Passage is making to the city’s renaissance. A big thank you from the Passage team to our friends in city hall!

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Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (Task)

The Soup Kitchen and Passage cooperate on a number of levels, including adult education programs and audience development. Passage education staff have conducted writing workshops with TASK clients. Most Passage mainstage productions benefit from a group of TASK clients in the audience for the first preview or dress rehearsal. The TASK clients have a great time, and the Passage actors benefit from performing before a responsive audience. Passage wishes to extend a shout out to Jami Parki, who does a wonderful job for TASK in coordinating their arts programs.

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Trenton Downtown Association

TDA keeps the streets of the downtown business district clean, maintains Mill Hill Park, and works to attract new businesses to Trenton. They also provide Passage with our administrative offices and help to promote our productions. Passage and TDA have done significant work together, along with Isles and the College of NJ, on the Trenton Old Town Arts District.

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Trenton Film Society

The Trenton Film society uses the Mill Hill Playhouse as its principal venue for screenings. The society brings together filmmakers, film professionals, and area residents of all ages, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds to build a better understanding of filmmaking. Their programs explore the issues and perspectives in a variety of films–from local to international–and aim to build an appreciation of the film arts. Passage Passport members qualify for discounted admission to TFS events.

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Trenton High School

Trenton Central High School and Trenton Public Schools have hosted many of Passage’s education programs over the years, including an extraordinary series of collaborative productions including, If I Could in my Hood, I Would and Fire Girls.

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