Founded by Emmy® Award-Winning writer/filmmaker, Richard T. Wilson (pictured at left), OutreachArts, Inc. was a nationally recognized film company that worked with various non-profits and their funders to help provide an innovative educational approach to help increase awareness about crucial health and social issues. Since 2001, numerous Wilson-penned productions have not only successfully reached into communities nationwide, but also to those in need around the world. To date, he has had over 70 of his plays and films produced and seen some of this same work featured on ABC World News Tonight, National Public Radio, PBS and The Independent Film Channel.
OutreachArts is probably best known for its critically acclaimed television/video series, MAPLE AVE which focuses on the everyday issues/struggles of teens and their parents. Since 2003, the Emmy® Award-Winning series has reached millions of North American viewers via Public Television, The Independent Film Channel and the classroom every year, regularly 'telling stories' and 'changing lives'.
OutreachArts began its life as OutreachPlays, employing theatre as an innovative educational approach to help increase awareness about crucial health and social issues nationwide.
Beginning in the early 1990's, founder Richard T. Wilson tackled such disparate issues as AIDS, breast cancer, drug abuse, parent-teen communication and even bone marrow donation through numerous short plays and related community workshops throughout the United States. During this time, OutreachPlays' work was also the recipient of many community and theatre-related honors and awards (including four prestigious Barrymore Award nominations via his work with NJ's Ritz Theatre Company). During this time, Wilson saw a number of his plays staged in NYC and was even asked to share his AIDS awareness dramas like *'Blind Side' with groups from as far away as Cape Town, South Africa.
Over time though, more and more organizations began asking for video adaptations of his acclaimed work and Wilson gradually began moving the company in the direction of film & television - and OutreachArts!
*'Blind Side' © - AIDS Coalition of SNJ
Our partners, helping us get the various awareness messages out to those in need, have included:
Johnson & Johnson
Purdue Pharma L.P.
Fox Chase Cancer Center
AIDS Coalition of SNJ
Saint Barnabas Health Systems
American Heart Association
American Diabetes Association
American Cancer Society
Oncology Nursing Society, Philadelphia Chapter
Leukemia Society of America, Eastern PA Chapter
Kennedy Early Intervention Program
Kennedy Gerontology Services
Susan G. Komen Foundation
Genesis Health Systems
NSABP (National Surgical Adjuvant Breast & Bowel Project)
Council On Compulsive Gambling Of NJ
Living Beyond Breast Cancer
Lakeland Youth Detention Center
River Front State Prison
NJ Dept. of Health & Senior Services
John Amos Cancer Center
Looking Glass Youth & Family Services
Nevada Council On Problem Gambling
The Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ, Inc.
The Carson J Spencer Foundation
FBI Citizen's Academy Alumni Association of AZ
The Tennessee Department of Mental Health
New York Council on Problem Gambling
Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling
Indiana Problem Gambling Awareness Program
Nebraska Gamblers Assistance Program
& PBS Affiliates nationwide!