A young social entrepreneur is all set to launch a new social enterprise which aims to work with young people, teaching them theatre and business skills side by side.
The Fourth Wall Theatre Network describes its programme as “Theatre in a Box” and aims to teach school pupils, college students and university students the skills and foundation to set up their own sustainable theatre companies. FWTN will work with young people to establish a theatre group, using their place of education as a base. They provide workshops which will help the young people learn and develop creative and business skills, while they establish their own community theatre companies.
Founder Daniel Bridgewater grew up in West Heath and Rednal and studied at Colmers School, where his entrepreneurial qualities were nurtured. He was a founding member of the School Council, a member of the Basketball team and the Rowing team and was later rewarded by being chosen as a Head Prefect. While a Colmers’ pupil he was fortunate to be one of just eleven pupils selected for a week long trip to New York City. During the trip, Daniel and his peers taught British sports to disadvantaged youths in Harlem. His role as ‘extended schools ambassador’ consisted of him liaising with the organisations the team worked with and helping to coordinate the programme.
Now a student at The University of Birmingham School of Business, Daniel believes it takes three things for success: Ideas, Passion, Commitment. It is this philosophy that is helping him shape his future and that underpins Fourth Wall Theatre Network.
Daniel is hoping to develop the Fourth Wall Theatre Network nationally, helping to launch young people’s theatre groups throughout the country. A launch event is planned for this Thursday evening (17th November) at the Custard Factory in Digbeth. If you are interested in finding out more about the network, you can find out details on the launch here.