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Global Empowerment Theatre (GETheatre) - a sponsored organization of New York Foundation for the Art

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January 05, 2011

GETheatre is an educational theatre program developed to empower people around the world using playwriting and theatrical techniques.  See more
Jennifer Holmes


The sound is remarkable; an eruption of joy coming from 34 secondary school students in Zanzibar leaving the stage after their final performance. The students are like a volcano of enthusiasm and pride as they celebrate their accomplishments. Global Empowerment Theatre (GETheatre) lives for these moments where young people become inspired by their own creativity. We want you to join us in empowering communities through theatre and literacy worldwide.

Since 2006, Jennifer Holmes and John Socas have traveled to Zanzibar in East Africa, using theatre to improve English language literacy, foster critical thinking skills, explore creative self-expression, and develop a sense of world citizenship. For the last four years, the program has been a terrific success.

“I believe that using theatre and playwriting techniques has helped our Form 3 students to increase their talents in written and oral expression in English. Also, this experience will spread to students in different classes.”
- Dhihai Ali Dhihai, Headmaster, Kiembe Samaki secondary school,
Zanzibar, 2010

“Watching the girls in the student group made me not only believe in theater as a means to promote language development, but also as a tool in developing self confidence and a healthy self-image for vulnerable young people. Girls that rarely participated verbally in class, spoke confidently and passionately in front of an audience of parents and peers in English. Their transformation was visible and remarkable; I watched their teachers and parents look on in amazement at what their girls could do, and most importantly what they had to say.”
-Emily Morris, Director, Education Development Center, Inc., 2009

In December 2010 we were selected by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) for fiscal sponsorship allowing us to offer our donors the opportunity to make tax-deductible contributions. GETheatre, is an incorporated non-profit educational organization whose theatre and literacy programming serves disadvantaged communities throughout the world.

We must raise $50,000 to successfully meet our programming goals for 2011. We need your help to continue serving schools in Zanzibar, as well as to expand our programming in India.


Jennifer Holmes John Socas
Founder and Director Founder and Director

Maya Turner Singh Ashley Olson
Director of Development Director of Education & Outreach

GETheatre is a sponsored organization of Artspire, a project of the New York Foundation for the Arts



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