The Kennedy Center

Paso Nuevo Performance Group


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.

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/1/2018: GALA Presents: Paso Nuevo Youth Performance Group—A Butterfly’s Eyes

A teenager from El Salvador recounts her journey crossing borders to reach the United States. At each stop along the way, she must face issues relating to love, racism, coming out, bullying, self-esteem, immigration, and how to find solidarity and comradery in a dangerous world.

The full schedule of Page-to-Stage events for 9/1 gets underway at 10 a.m. in various venues throughout the Center. Please visit the Page-to-Stage festival page here, and download our app create your own schedule!

Presented as part of the Page-to-Stage Festival.

 Paso Nuevo Performance Group