At Necessary Arts, our mission is to employ an extensive and comprehensive program in the arts to empower participants to realize their full potential to become confident, productive and innovative contributors to our global society.
What We Do
We offer training and workshops for young actors and performers, volunteer teachers and corporate team building.
“Reach the Unreachable”
We build bridges to connect children from all ends of the socio-economic spectrum in an effort to demonstrate the importance of being a global citizen.
We are committed to sustaining access to quality secondary education for all our outreach participants.
We are now offering drama classes in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Our drama classes, known as Thompson’s Thespians, provide a wonderful opportunity for teenagers to develop their skills in stagecraft and in the art of acting.
These young actors will come away with a heightened understanding of the fundamentals of acting for the stage. They will learn how to use their body and voice for enhanced communication.
Participants will produce and document a 15-minute small-group performance.
Current and Upcoming Offerings
I will never forget the first day I walked through the doors of Necessary Arts!
I was only 11 years old with butterflies of excitement. Enrolling at Necessary Arts was not only an exhilarating experience for me, but it has also remained one of the most indelible and rewarding.
I was not only exposed to the rudiments of theatre – I received rigorous training and learning in adaptation and survival skills, which I am proud to say I now employ in my day-to-day activities.Terneille Herbert
My first acting class was at Necessary Arts when I was 7 years old. They taught and challenged me to lose my inhibitions. It truly was magical to train there and so inspiring learning from two wonderful women, Naima Thompson and Penelope Spencer.
I remember their strength as leaders and their determination, passion, patience, and commitment to us as students. I would go to classes beaming ready to act and dance for my life.
The sessions were fun but also mentally and physically challenging.Jonathan Bishop
Stimulating minds through artistic expression
Necessary Arts uses the art of performance to foster the development of literacy, communication and leadership skills, among its participants.
Sharing perspectives though the exchange of real-life stories will support a fair exchange of experiences and challenges facing the groups and will be expanded locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
To elevate the social consciousness of all participants
Our programs are designed to develop leadership skills, build self-affirmation and empower students and participants to achieve their highest potential. Group dynamics, problem-solving concepts and conflict resolution strategies are implemented for experiential and discovery-based education for all ages. We are building bridges to connect children from varied sections of the socio-economic spectrum in an effort to demonstrate the importance of being a global citizen.
Empowerment: is the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.
Education: is a human right for all throughout life and that access must be matched by quality.
Global Citizen: is aware of the wider world and has a sense of their own role and responsibility in making purposeful contributions toward humanity.