Free Masterclass!

Building Community Through Performance

Masterclass on Community Collaborative Theatre from PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theater Company

PlayBuilders of Hawai'i Theatre Company, in collaboration with The Leeward Theatre at Leeward Community College, is offering a free masterclass on Community Collaborative Theatre. The workshop, taught by Terri Madden, is being held this Saturday, August 24th at the Leeward Community College Lab Theatre from 10 AM to 2 PM. Please bring a sack lunch.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the fastest growing theatre discipline in the United States. Community based, community collaborative or applied theatre allows theatre practitioners to use their specific skill set to help build stronger, healthier and more vibrant communities through the art of theatre.

This workshop is mandatory for all experienced actors interested in participating in PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theatre Company’s plays. Please bring a sack lunch.

The Leeward Community College Lab Theatre

Saturday, Aug. 24th, 10am-2pm

96-045 Ala Ike

Pearl City, HI

Entrance to the Lab Theatre is at the REAR (makai) of the Facility. The door is on the ground floor FACING DIAMONDHEAD. Once inside, take either the elevator or the stairs to the BASEMENT level. The Lab Theatre is the first YELLOW door on the LEFT as you exit the stairs or elevator.

Topics Covered Will Include:

• Cultural Mapping

• Defining Community Based Theater

• PlayBuilders’ Mission

• Community Based Theatre Vocabulary

• Artist in the Community- Acting the Part and Mentorship

• Guidelines for Successful Community Meetings and Story Circles

• How to get involved.


About Terri Madden

PlayBuilders' Founder and Artistic Director, Terri Madden holds an M.F.A. in theater from the University of Hawaiʻi and is a graduate of the Cornerstone Institute, an organization that specializes in teaching the art of community collaborative theatre. She has written several community based plays including "Clinchco,The Day after Payday" which was produced in south western Virginia in collaboration with the Ralph Stanley Traditional Mountain Music Center in 2008 and 2010. Locally, her play, "Appalachia, Hawaiʻi," was produced in 2010 and inspired PlayBuilders very first fully staged, community devised play, "Wahiawa Remember Wen…"during the summer of 2012. Most recently she assisted in the direction of “Yes I am (Stories from Honolulu’s LGBT Community)" and structured the interviews collected by actors and community members into the play.

Terri is a recipient of the Lisa Toishigawa Inouye Award for Playwriting and has received multi Poʻokela recognitions for performances in both straight and musical plays.


Terri Madden

PlayBuilders' Artistic Director

(808) 218-0103


Kemuel DeMoville

Leeward Theatre Manager

(808) 455-0381

COMING SOON from PlayBuilders and The Leeward Theatre!

This fall, PlayBuilders is producing a play for the homeless community titled "On (and Off) the Streets of Honolulu" which will be performed in town but rehearsed on the Leeward Community College campus, and new version of "Yes I Am…" which will feature students in February at the Leeward Lab Theatre.

OPEN AUDITIONS for PlayBuilders “On (and Off ) the Streets of Honolulu”

Time, Date, Location:

Leeward Community College Theatre
Day 1, Sat, Sept. 7: Noon-3pm
Day 2, Sun, Sept. 8: 6-9pm

Callbacks (if needed), Mon, Sept. 9: 6-9pm

Performance Commitment:
Nov. 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
(Oahu Fringe Festival, Central Union Church, Catholic Charities and McCoy Pavilion.)