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A Work Based Learning Program at Vital Theatre

“What I learned is I can’t go through my life silent. Everybody has something in them.”
Caitlin Perkins, Grade 11
Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School

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Windmill Theatre's Wizard of Oz. Jude Henshall. Photo by Tony Lewis.

How Theater for Young People Could Save the World

Dramatist and theater essayist by Lauren Gunderson, Dramatist and theater essayist March 20th is World Theater for Children and Young People Day. Some of you might be thinking, "Oh lord, why do we need a day to celebrate actors being silly, wearing bright colors and singing obnoxiously at squirming kiddos and bored parents?" But if you think that's what Theatre for Young People is, you're missing out on truly powerful, hilarious, bold, engaging, surprising theater that might just save the world. Around the world artists are creating a new stripe of Theatre for Young People that combines the elegance of dance, the innovation of devised theater, the freshness of new plays, the magnetism of puppetry and the inciting energy of new musicals. Kids have access to more and more mature theatrical visions premiering from Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center to Atlanta's Synchronicity Theatre to San Francisco's Handful Players to Ireland to Adelaide to Kosovo to Cape Town. These plays range from re-imagined fairy tales and adaptations of favorite books to brand-new plays and electric new musicals about everything from physics to bullying to the American Civil War. But how could theater, especially theater for young people, really matter in a world as fraught and disparity-scattered as ours? Not to sound overly grand (too late), but so much of the toxicity in this world comes from a collective draining of empathy. We don't understand each other, and we don't want to. … [Read More...]

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Almost Maine

Elizabeth Sophia Strauss, Production Assistant for Transport Group Theatre Company

How are the arts re-igniting your community and sparking innovation and creativity in your local schools? I have been lucky enough to grow up in a community that greatly values the arts. Fortunately, it has not been a matter of reigniting, as there has been a long-standing commitment to the arts here in Port Jefferson. […]

Every Child in Every School: A Vision for Arts and Creativity

City Arts Leaders push de Blasio on Instruction Promise By Eliza Shapiro More than 90 influential arts and culture groups are pushing Mayor Bill de Blasio to stick to his promise of providing arts education to every public school child in the city. During the campaign, de Blasio said he would establish a four-year goal […]

Making a Difference Through the Arts: Tara Handron, Actor/Playwright

How are the arts re-igniting your community and sparking innovation and creativity in your local schools? Because of how I am using my art form (writing and performance around substance abuse, alcoholism and other disorders), I am seeing the arts take a powerful role in educating young people about all the potential harms and dangers […]

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Performance at Bernstein Theater, Snapple Theater Center, December 12, 2013
Karen Eterovich as Fanny Kemble, Mari Lyn Henry as Clara Morris, Meghan Duffy as Minnie Maddern
Fiske, Romy Nordlinger as Alla Nazimova, Paula Ewin as Katharine Hepburn

Educate ~ Enlighten ~ Entertain: Echoes of the Past

Stage Struck: from Kemble to Kate A First Online With Fran Interview with Mari Lyn Henry What does the perseverance of Fanny Kemble, a British born actress who comes to America, survives a scandalous divorce to become a renowned author have to do with a plucky sixteen-year-old actress Clara Morris with the playful personality of […]

Art and Music Are Professions Worth Fighting for

Blake Morgan,Recording artist, producer, and label owner. Earlier this year, I was invited back to my high school to participate in their annual career day — a day where during school hours, students learn about different professions and vocations. I was asked to join a panel about the arts, and to share some insight on […]

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Testimonial #37: Edwina Issa, BBO Jordan

How has your life been indelibly touched by a teacher who utilized the arts for whatever reason and acknowledge how they were instrumental in breaking the mold to allow you to become who you are today? The availability of artistic opportunity is a key to igniting a life long passion. I think an artistic education […]

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