🎓 Celebrating Joe’s CreativeWorks Graduates 🎓

Join Joe’s in celebrating the graduation of 30 young people from CreativeWorks – a workforce development program with emphasis in arts-based training

Joe’s Movement Emporium honors graduating participants of CreativeWorks this Wednesday, June 7th at 6:30 pm. The graduation ceremony will feature Joe’s CreativeWorks staff, Joe’s Founder and Executive Director, Brooke Kidd, and two special guests: Keynote Address Speaker Victor Kwansa and Guest Performer Patrick Washington. The graduation is free to attend and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served after the event. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712. More information can be found online at www.joesmovement.org.

About CreativeWorks

CreativeWorks is a vocational training program in theater production and digital media that prepares youth and young adults to secure employment and prepare for higher education. In addition to technical skills in the entertainment industry—such as theater tech, lighting, sound, digital media, photography and videography—CreativeWorks focuses on life and career development. 


Victor A. Kwansa, Esq. is an attorney, education advocate, poet, and essayist from Prince George’s County. He received a B.A. in political science from Yale University in 2008, and he graduated from Harvard Law School in 2011. He has spoken and/or performed at universities, K-12 schools, community centers, and even once while visiting a former slave camp in Ghana, his parents’ home country. Victor’s website (www.victorkwansa.com) features his poetry and commentary.

patrick-washington-460x204About Patrick Washington

Patrick is one of the area’s premier performance poets. As part of the dynamic hip-hop poetry ensemble POEM-CEES, he’s been a regular performer on HBO and on the NFL Network. In 2009 he was asked by Tavis Smiley to serve as narrator for his national African American Museum exhibit, “America I Am.” His biggest honor by far was being commissioned to create a poem dedicated to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, which he performed at the unveiling of the memorial on the national mall on October 16th 2011.  Patrick recently launched his own arts education company, Dialect of Prince George’s, and with it created the position of Youth Poet Laureate for the county.

WHAT:  CreativeWorks Graduation

WHEN:  Wednesday, June 7th at 6:30 pm – FREE AND OPEN TO ALL

WHERE:  The Meyer Performance Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

RSVP: Linda@joesmovement.org


Joe’s Theater Tech Program Opens 2016-2017 Enrollment

The Theater Tech Program (TTP) of Joe’s Movement Emporium is a job-training program in lighting, sound, digital media, photography, storytelling and more that provides skills for creative industries.  TTP has been in existence for eight years. The program serves young Prince Georgians ages 17-22 who are high school seniors, recent high school graduates, or working on their GEDs.  There is a program during the day for out-of-school youth and in the evenings for high school seniors.  TTP serves young people from low-income families who live in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Proof of household income is required.

Learn more about TTP: This is TTP

Students participate in a four-month training program and receive a stipend for completing the training phase.  A paid internship of 60 hours is offered at minimum wage and additional hourly paid work may be available with Joe’s theater tech crew or employer partners.  The final phase of the program includes college and job placement support.  The 2016 TTP program year will begin in October 2016.

apply now buttonFilling out this application form is the first step in the application process. Please fill it out and return to cathy@joesmovement.orgALONG WITH THE APPLICATION FORM, please also send proof of household income. This can be the family’s (or the applicant’s) most recent income tax return(s) or 3 recent pay stubs. If you wish to submit these by fax, the number is 301-699-1818. Send it to the attention of Cathy.

If proof of income is not readily available, call Cathy at 301-699-1819 to discuss.

IMG_2326Once the application form and income verification documents are submitted, they will be reviewed by TTP staff. Group interviews will then be scheduled. The interviews will take under two hours.

Candidates who show a sincere interest in the program and are ready to actively participate in job training will be called in for a second interview.  It is not necessary to wear a suit to the interview. However, you will be judged on neatness, cleanliness and overall demeanor.

Applicants will be asked to bring additional documents to the second interview (e.g., Social Security card, high school diploma, etc.). The second interview will also take under two hours.

At some point, TTP staff may administer reading and math literacy tests. However, passing such a test is not a requirement for admission to TTP.

All applicants will be notified of their acceptance or rejection within two weeks of the second interview.

Any questions please contact Cathy Smith at cathy@joesmovement.org.

So long, farewell, Theater Tech Program class of 2015

Check out this video by Adriel Wood, TTP staff.

Check out this video by Adriel Wood, TTP staff.

Job announcement: Theater Production Manager


Joe’s Theater Tech Program Director, Shonique McBayne, speaks at Joe’s 20th Anniversary Gala surrounded by current Theater Tech Program participants.

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural hub in the Gateway Arts District in Mount Rainier, MD and the surrounding area, and offers 100-plus live performances every year in music, theater and dance, plus film and other events. Joe’s is hiring a Theater Production Manager to plan and oversee the production of our diverse events to ensure excellent artist, audience and student experiences. Supporting operations of the theater is a year-round job training program in theater tech and digital media for high school seniors or recently out-of-school youth.

Join the Team! To apply, submit resume with three referrals with contact information to Brooke Kidd at brooke@joesmovement.org.

Details: Theater Production Manager

‘Tis the season to be grateful!

And grateful we are. On behalf of all of us here at Joe’s, thank you to everyone who attended, donated to and volunteered at the Arts & Experiences Auction on November 16th. The event was a success with over 91 items in the auction and an evening filled with mariachi music, piñatas, salsa and great food! Thanks to you we raised over $7,000 for the Arts Education Fund – after school programs, summer camp, artist residencies, youth ensemble and workforce development.

THANK YOU: #GivingTuesday Donors!

The Duncans, Bryan and Vic Knedler, Jeff and Colleen Genzer, Annelie Wilde & Kesh Narayanan, Club Joe’s Hoop-a-thon, Felipe and Camile Borja, Jacob Howley, Nick Wilde, Amanda Garzon, Boozer-Strother Family, Jan and Jim Boeglin, Frank Albinder, Jane Hirshberg, Kelley Bledsoe, Denise DeConcini & Bob Ramin, Brooke Kidd, Justin Shanahan, Vennesa Yung, Kar and Bob Marshall, Nancy Stark, Ellyn Weiss, DEVIATED THEATRE, Yorda Yenenh, Tamara, Patrick, Patrick & Justin Williams, Joanna Delson, Erin Bascom, Gail Schumann, Nick Williams, Judy and Conrad Rosenberg, Cindy Kardeman, Barbara Goliday, Melissa Rosenberg, Juliana Barnet, Joe & Barbara Halloran, Allie Mulrow, Marketa Ebert, The Arkilic Family, Joe’s Neighbor, Chris and Kristin Maynard, Neena Narayanan, Leah Ofsevit, Henry Benson-Flannery, Ravi Narayanan, Katharine Paljug, Justin Fair, Katja Fort Rhoden, Deborah Moura, and many others who chose to keep their donation “Anonymous”

THANK YOU: Auction Sponsors

  • The Alamo Restaurant
  • East City Art
  • Party Time Liquor
  • Yes! Organic Market

THANK YOU: Auction Donors

5 Guys, Adventure Theater, Alan Binstock, Alonzo Davis, American University, Arena Stage, Art Enables, Art Works Now, Atlas Theater, Ballet, Tap and All the Jazz, Black Rock Performing Arts Center, Bowie Baysox, Busyboys & Poets, Cathy Smith, Charles Reiher, Clara Majors, Courtnye Kovisto, Discovery Theater, Eddie Rivas, Forum Theater, Gala Theater, Grayson Heck, Greg Slade, Hallie Stone, Imagination Stage, Jim Landry, John Paradiso, The Kennedy Center, Krista Schyler, Leslie Zucker, Liz Lescault, Marcia Freeman, Red Dirt Studio, Matt Carl, Melissa Glaser, Melody Richardson, Michael Boone, Maryland National Capital Park & Planning, Mount Rainier Craft Fair, Mtokufa Ngwenya, NiClaire Jones, Noelle Powers, Rick Ruggles, Riverdale Park Farmer’s Market, Round House Theatre, Sarah Dale, Shine Massage, Strathmore, Studio ProjectIssue8, Studio Theatre, Suzy Wald, The Clarice / University of Maryland, Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Tom Hill, Town Market, Tracie York, UpSpring Studio, Washington Capitals, Washington Nationals, Washington Redskins, and Zeke’s Coffee

Paid Job Training for Youth 16-21

November 13, 2013 – The theater tech program at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier, MD, is seeking more participants, effective immediately.

The program teaches all aspects of theater and digital media production, including lighting, sound, photography, videography and digital editing. Students are paid $8.40 per hour, with additional bonus opportunities. Work sessions are on site at Joe’s, which is just one block off Rt. 1 and on a major bus route. Currently the program is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m.

Youth can earn as much as $1,440 through this program, which is funded through a grant from the County’s Department of Economic Development.

Eligible students must live in Prince George’s County and be low income.

For more information, call Shonique McBayne or Cathy Smith at 301-699-1819 or go to www.joesmovement.org/workforce_development.

Recruitment is Open! Joe’s Theater Tech Program is Accepting Nominations

Joe’s Theater Tech Program (TTP) is a workforce development initiative that provides at-risk youth, ages 16-21, with instruction in theater tech, operation and digital media. Paired with critical supports, including tutoring, college exploration, life skills coaching, and real work experiences, participants gain life and employability skills toward a successful future.

TTP embraces youth most as risk of dropping out by providing one-on-one supports, mentoring and a belief in their abilities. 

The program was created in 2008 in response to the high unemployment rate in Prince George’s County, MD where 74% of youth ages 16-19 and 36% of young adults ages 20-24 are jobless.

Students come to use from very low income households. They may be behind in school, have excessive absences, live with a single parent, or may be homeless, in foster care, or face other barriers to success. While in TTP, they receive 180 hours of technical training, academic support, post-secondary exploration, and work-readiness skills. Through our performing arts facility they have opportunities to work with industry professionals such as Women in Film and Video, Round House Theater and the University of Maryland. Stipends are awarded for active participation and completion of programmatic benchmarks. Participants also receive bonus incentives for special achievements in school and work.

Download the 2014-15 Nomination Form by clicking here

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