Mo`olelo exists to educate youth in technical theatre and design, exposing them to potential careers, and grooming this new generation of theatre artists so they can tell stories on stage with integrity.


Kim Palma developed and directs the Mo`olelo to Joyce program, which teaches the artistry of technical theatre and design to high school students. Throughout the academic year students learn through workshops led by Kim. This culminates in a weeklong internship working beside the professional crew at The Joyce Theatre in New York City.

Students & Mentors at the Joyce Summer Program

Summer 2003:

Kim Palma took five students from the Orange County High School of the Arts to New York to intern backstage at The Joyce Theater. The Joyce is located in the Chelsea area of Manhattan, and is one of the most active and well-respected dance theaters in the city. Throughout the school year the students held several fundraisers to cover the $1100 cost of the trip. They also participated in workshops to hone their technical theater skills and learn the specificities of working at the Joyce. In addition, each student had to maintain passing grades in all their classes to be eligible to go. Once they were in New York, the students participated in the load-in, tech, and first week of performances for the dance company Pilobolus. Students worked alongside the staff and crew of the Joyce Theater and held their own with these professional New York stagehands. The trip was a huge success.

In 2004 Kim will take six students to New York City to once again work onstage as interns at the Joyce Theater. Fundraising has already begun for this trip, which will run from July 16 to July 25. The tentative schedule is:

July 16 – Travel from California to New York City
July 17 – Participate in the strike of Pilobolus Dance Theater at The Joyce (10pm – 12am)
July 18 – Load-in new dance company (company TBD) (8am – 5pm)
July 19 – Company technical rehearsals and opening night performance (8am – 10pm)
July 20 – Company 2nd performance (7pm – 10pm)
July 21 – Company 3rd performance (7pm – 10pm)
July 22 – Company 4th performance (7pm – 10pm)
July 23 – Company 5th and 6th performances (1pm – 10pm)
July 24 – Company 7th and 8th performances and strike (1pm – 12am)
July 25 – Travel New York City to California