Paso Nuevo Youth Program

Mission: Paso Nuevo is GALA’s unique and FREE after-school theater workshop for youth ranging from age 12 to 19 years old. While incorporating aspects of acting technique (including voice and movement), the focus is on individual creative expression and performance in a safe, collaborative environment. Theater is used as a tool for enhancing self-esteem, developing language and communication skills, strengthening cultural identity, increasing academic and vocational skill sets, and promoting literacy in both English and Spanish. The workshop runs in cycles that culminate in public presentation in Fall, Spring, and Summer.

“My experience at Paso Nuevo has been quite unique. In these four years, I’ve conquered my shyness and I found my true self. This is where I learned that I have a passion for the arts. I’ve expressed myself through photography, acting and now music here at GALA Theatre. I’ve written stories about child abuse, poetry about making a difference in this world and about how we should all be better versions of ourselves. I developed my photography skills by taking pictures of the other actors and putting them into a slideshow. Now this year, I wrote a short scene and a love song. Being in theatre, has taught me how to express myself and have a more rewarding experience in my life.” (Melissa Cadena, Paso Nuevo Student)

For more information and registration, please complete this SIGN-UP FORM, call (202) 234-7174 or email

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This program is made possible, in part, with support from Wells Fargo through a Cultural Excellence Grant 

GALA Theatre
3333 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
Phone:(202) 234-7174
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