AWOL’s programs provide youth with safe and free after-school and evening arts-based educational programs. The programs are designed to engage youth in activities that they enjoy while teaching them important lessons in conflict resolution and other life skills that will empower them to make better choices in their daily lives and inspire them to dream big.

Theater & Performance Arts "Act Up"

Theater & Performing Arts students are enrolled in AWOL’s Act Up! ensemble style pre-professional theatre training and youth development program. Students enrolled through an intense workshop experience taught by teams of local theater arts professionals. Classes balance skill development with the joy and artistry of play making. Students learn the historical and cultural context of classical and contemporary plays. The programs focuses on the following Georgia Arts Education Performance Standards in Acting, Drama and Technical Theater as provided by the Georgia Department of Education for grades 9-12. In the area of drama students learn how to investigate and reports on styles of acting from different historical periods, to identify and apply appropriate movement for different forms and styles of theater, demonstrate effective use of voice in dramatic process (pitch, volume, articulation, breath support, control, and tempo). They also develop skill, by demonstrating effective use of stage by exploring through the movement process, how to identify and explore skills required for a career preparation as an actor. Finally, students are exposed to hands-on internships in technical theater by working with local experts and learning how to apply personal responsibility in all aspects of technical theater, production, and design and defining and using vocabulary as applied to technical theater (sets, light, props, costumes, sound and makeup).The program culminates in an annual performance at the historic Lucas Theatre.

Sound Design "The P.R.O.J.E.C.T.S."

The P.R.O.J.E.C.T.S.

Taught through a combination of classroom style workshops and hands-on training in AWOL’s production lab and recording studio, The P.R.O.J.E.C.T.S (The Positive Re-Education Of Juveniles Everywhere Concerning the Streets) gives students an opportunity to develop their talents while gaining first hand experience in multiple aspects of the music industry, as an artists (songwriting, producing, recording) and a business person (public relations, licensing, marketing). more

Film & Video "My Block"

“My Block”

The film and video production class, titled My Block”, is a summer-long program that provides students with an introduction to the various aspects of film production and photography, including camera operation, editing, script-writing, direction and basic engineering for lighting and sound. Working as a team, students are engaged in pre-production planning, scripting and storyboarding, as well as production and direction of music videos and short films, with possible advancement to producing and editing segments for AWOL’s weekly television show, The Chop Shop. more

AWOL's Information Technology "Goon Squad"

“Goon Squad”

AWOL’s Information Technology Training Class enables youth to enhance their abilities, employability and self-sufficiency. The primary objective is to provide computer training, skills and knowledge to youth, with a particular focus on Juvenile Offenders. In concert with the IT training will be Project Mean Green, which will recycle computer technology and provide low and no-cost computing to individuals and not-for-profit organizations in the community. more

Summer Programs

AWOL Hip-Hop & Performing Arts Summer Camp

Campers will learn hip-hop history and all about the 4 elements of hip-hop, MCing, Breaking/B-boy/B-girling, Graffiti Art and Djing. AWOL is famous for using this popular medium as a positive way to engage youth arts education. Campers will have access to hands on technology training through attendance at workshops on sound design/music recording, film/photography, spoken word poetry, rap, break dancing and graffiti art. Campers will conceptualize, write, produce and edit their own hip-hop musical and performing arts production complete with designing their very own set! Final performances will be held at the Muse Arts Warehouse Savannah’s newest arts venue.

Education-Finally, literacy education will be a key component of the camp with engaging writing and performing arts workshops. Arts and Education workshops will be based on the Georgia Performance Standards for K-12 Language Arts as well as the National Arts Education Standards in Visual, Performing and Music Education.