X-celerated Theatre

Rehabilitative Theatre Arts Mentorships

Offered in collaboration with the Cyndi Taylor Krier Juvenile Correctional Treatment Center and Bexar County’s Juvenile Probation Department, X-celerated Theatre has now expanded to Shield Ayres House and Mission Road Center, and offers rehabilitative theatre arts mentorship to some of San Antonio’s most at-risk young people.

X-celerated Theatre offers a rehabilitative theatre arts mentorship to some of San Antonio’s most at-risk young people. The students in the program come from different economic, ethnic, and social backgrounds and must learn to put aside these conflicts to form a cohesive troupe. Participants work closely with Magik Theatre mentors, who give intensive, hands-on instruction in idea development, writing, script reading, improvisation, acting theory, theatre vocabulary, and technical theatre elements. The program will conclude with a sharing of an original work for friends and family that speaks to the obstacles and issues that matter to the students.

X-celerated Theatre now offers several workshop variations within this program.

4 Week Intensive
This eight session, one month workshop iteration is geared towards exposing youth to the creative process of developing improvisation skills, narrative development, and performance. Its aim is to develop strong communication, writing, teambuilding, problem solving and leadership skills with teens who don’t have access to this crucial artistic outlet in their schools or community.

6 Week Intensive
This 12 session, one and a half month workshop is geared towards exposing youth to the creative process of developing the actor’s voice and body, narrative development, and performance. Its aim is to develop strong communication, writing, teambuilding, problem solving and leadership skills with teens who don’t have access to this crucial artistic outlet in their schools or community.

10 Week Intensive
This 20 session, three month workshop is geared towards exposing youth to the creative process of developing the actor’s voice and body, narrative development, performance, and introduce elements technical theatre. Its aim is to develop strong communication, writing, teambuilding, problem solving and leadership skills with teens who don’t have access to this crucial artistic outlet in their schools or community.

Testimonials

My experience from Theatre Arts was great. It brought out a different kind of Drake. I learned a lot from working with Mr. Apollo. I turned a new page in my life too. At the end of the program I felt proud of myself because I accomplished something…and it turned into something big. And no matter what happened I will never forget my experience with theatre arts, or the trainer, or the soldier, that I brought out on that stage.
— Drake, program graduate

 

Theatre Arts was the best thing for me to do. It was fun and I made my family proud. I would love to do it again. The people made me feel comfortable and gave me confidence in going on stage and performing. It was a chance for me to express myself in a way I never thought of.
— Ricky, program graduate

 

I have had the pleasure of seeing the direct impact of the beautiful work of Magik Theatre and their effect on our residents for five years. Magik volunteers are greeted with tentative young men, uncertain, lacking confidence, even somewhat defiant and inappropriate. Over the weeks, through the use of theatre exercises and coaching, the boys begin to open up, chests raise, heads rise, and even voices get a little more confident. It is magic to watch. These boys start to pour their heart into writing, practicing, and performing their very own plays. When I’m recruiting participants, I tell them you will be eating, reading, writing, and sleeping theatre by the end and I mean it. Magik Theatre is a strong program and one that has proven to be very therapeutic and cathartic in our environment.
— J. Maupin, Enrichment Program Coordinator, Krier Center

 

The program has benefited the youth immensely by building their self-esteem and has been a critical component of their treatment program... Although the audience is always impressed by the youths’ performance, no one in attendance truly understands the magic of the experience... These are young people who are focused on a goal, not youth offenders who want to continue to make poor life choices.  These are young men and women who are speaking from the heart, who reflect their inner-self in their characters and take pride in having belonged to this project.
— Glenn Faulk, former Special Projects Coordinator, Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department