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AdvantageArts

We are a college readiness, academic enrichment, safe haven, inclusive program using the discipline of the arts—mainly theater—to get you there. ”
—Rodney Gilbert (1967-2017)
Late Founder and Co-Director

ADVANTAGEARTS is a partnership between Drew University and Newark Public School’s Office of Extended Learning and the Marion A. Bolden Student Center. Drew faculty, with the help of Drew student theatre mentors, facilitate the high school students’ learning of theatrical skills and guide them in the process of creating and producing original plays. Drew students gain invaluable leadership and mentoring experiences while high school participants grow and learn new skills.

The program meets throughout the academic school year, at both the Marion A. Bolden Center in Newark and at Drew University. We also provide field trips, workshops, and high impact experiences. Trips have included Broadway shows and the Langston Hughes Home in Harlem, NY.

During the summer, we also offer a month-long summer intensive on Drew’s campus.


A Child’s Place

During the summer 2016 AdvantageArts program, students wrote an original play titled A Child’s Place, with help from Drew faculty. The piece dissects life in Newark through a mix of songs, poems, prose and dance.