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New Voices

Established in 1990.  Still going strong today.

Working with kids from the city of Chester, New Voices is an intensive, fully-subsidized program that uses theatre to develop students' confidence, academic discipline, and communication skills.

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Who we are


This video was made possible by the generous support of Dulé Hill (Lights Out: Nat  "King" Cole, Psych, The West Wing) and Jazmyn Simon.

What we do


Our work with the New Voices Ensemble began in 1990, with students primarily from the city of Chester. Currently under the direction of Resident Teaching Artist and New Voices alum Nadira Beard, the program serves students ages 5-18. New Voices students receive scholarships for the Theatre’s full range of classes for youth, and transportation to and from those activities.

Many of these students participate year after year, and New Voices Ensemble members in grades 6-12 also enjoy group trips to People’s Light plays, and an intensive, year-long training and rehearsal process. They share their work annually with audiences in the city of Chester and on stage at People’s Light.

New Voices is generously supported by the Hamilton Family Charitable Trust and other individual, foundation and corporate donors to our Arts Discovery programs.