The All Stars Project, Inc. (ASP) is a national nonprofit organization, founded in 1981. Our mission is to transform the lives of youth and poor communities, using the developmental power of performance, in partnership with caring adults. In All Stars programs, people learn new performances onstage and off. They try new things, they become more wordly, and begin to create new possibilities for themselves and their communities. Seeing -- and acting on -- new possibilities is development, and it's what All Stars is all about. The All Stars Project programs reach 10,000 inner-city young people in six cities including New York, Newark, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, Dallas and Bridgeport.
Our two core programs are the All Stars Talent Show Network and the Development School for Youth. In the All Stars Talent Network, young people perform in and produce hip-hop talent shows in their neighborhoods. In the Development School for Youth, young people learn to perform as professionals, and they partner with business leaders who conduct workshops and provide paid summer internships.
Other programs at the All Stars Project include:
The Castillo Theatre is our off-off Broadway theatre. It opens up the world of cutting edge political theatre to young people and adults. Its audience comes from diverse communities across New York City, and more than 5,000 people attend productions every year.
Youth Onstage! gives young people access to free training in the performing arts under the direction of volunteer theatre professionals.
Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids is a partnership with the New York City Police Department. It brings young people from poor communities together with police officers in performance workshops where they learn to listen to one another and create a new kind of relationship.
UX is a free, university-style school of continuing development. It has classes, workshops and field trips that are open to people of all ages.