ACTivism: Using Theater as an Instrument of Change
A multi-session afterschool program for high school students
What is important to you? Feeling safe in your community? Getting a good education? Caring for the environment? Staying healthy? Would you take action to protect these things? How?
For over 400 years, everyday people in New York City have been standing up for what they believe in. Theater has been used as a way of promoting values and aiding causes such as environmentalism, women's liberation and religious freedom. Learn how you can use theater to challenge public opinion and promote social change. ACTivism: Using Theater as an Instrument of Change will give high school students an opportunity to work with their peers to create an original theatrical piece about a topic important to them.
The content of this program is based on Activist New York, the inaugural exhibition in The Puffin Foundation Gallery for Social Activism, and will cover topics such as the Federal Theater Project, Living Newspapers, and the relevancy of theater in protest movements throughout New York City's history. The exhibition illustrates social activism in New York City from 1650 to the present day using multimedia presentations, artifacts, documents and political cartoons.
Thursday, October 4: 4:30-6:30pm
Thursday, October 11: 4:30-6:30
Thursday, October 18: 4:30-6:30
Thursday, October 25: 4:30-6:30
Thursday, November 1: 4:30-6:30
Saturday, November 3: 1-5:30
Thursday, November 8: 4:30-6:30
Saturday, November 10: 1-5:30
Thursday, November 15: 4:30-6:30
Saturday, November 17: 1-5:30 Performance Day
Tuesday, November 20: 4:30- 6:30
For more information or to enroll, email Theaterprogram@mcny.org.
Parents and Guardians- Please decide if your child is eligible for this fall 2012 afterschool program by considering the following:
• Your child must be in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade when school begins this fall
• Your child must be available to attend all the sessions listed below
• Your child must be able to stay for each of the session in its entirety (2 hrs)
• Your child must be an active participant in the program