What We Do

Educational Programming

Free Soil programming inspires students to develop and refine their storytelling and acting abilities, while creating their own group-based play. Students learn the importance of character, conflict, voice, and dialogue, as well as conventions of grammar that make their writing understandable and dynamic. We emphasize process over product, encouraging the free flow of ideas, and taking students through the steps of editing and revision as they develop a culminating performance. 

Past Events:

  • Collegiate Charter School of Lowell presents Lost at the Museum – September 2019
  • Lowell Public Schools’ IDEA Camp present Behind the Gates – July 2020

Theatre Kids Summer Camp presents One Crazy Day – August 2020

Original Works

Free Soil is an organization dedicated to amplifying and strengthening the voices of artists of color. We collaborate with local artists to produce original creative works that empower marginalized voices and under-explored narratives. 

Past events: 

  • Hair Tales: Stories of Black Hair-i-Tage at Merrimack Repertory Theatre – June 22-23, 2019 (Produced and directed by Christa Brown about, co-written by Masada Jones, Maritza Grooms, Kesiah Bascom, and Naychelle Gandia)

Events

Free Soil is committed to amplifying the voices of local artists of color by curating artist-centered programming and events. Artists are given a platform to reach a broader audience, promote their medium, and build deeper connections and networks with their community. 

Past events:

  • Free Soil x Collective NB Virtual Variety Show – August 8, 2020
  • Weaving Stories of the Enslaved: A Conversation with Karen Hampton – June 21, 2020
  • Launch Party – April 2019