Community Workshop is one of fifty winners nationwide in the Play Everywhere Challenge, designed to bring play into everyday spaces and improve the lives of kids and families. Our project is creating a portable kids' theater stage that can transform a vacant downtown space (or a Laundromat, office, or bus stop) into a dynamic playspace for kids, while transforming ordinary errands into an opportunity for families to connect and create. Kids can get dramatic while their parents get the laundry done or pick up a pizza, making play truly accessible and making families' lives easier and more fun.

We designed and built a whimsical, compact, portable play stage that kids can use to create and put on impromptu puppet shows and plays. Our build partner - Living Edge Woodworking - created a flexible and inexpensive design that can easily fold up and fit into a wide variety of small and unexpected places.

We'll create simple instructions for making puppets and doing improv theater play, and we'll share the designs online in a simple-to-use kit and how-to video, so that communities anywhere can create and use their own theaters in unexpected places. Watch for the toolkit and designs in June, 2017!

Thanks to our partners for help making this happen:

Check out the other amazing Play Everywhere competition winners, from municipal slides to sidewalk games to a kit of parks. We're honored to be in their company! 

Pilot Theater Launch Event with FREE Kids' Activities!

Stop by our prototype theater in  downtown Bethel, Vermont in May 2017, and join The Arts Bus for FREE kids' mask-making and improv theater play :

Saturday, May 20, 1-3 PM

RSVP on Facebook