The International Theatre and Literacy Project uses theatre as a means of social and educational uplift for children and teen-agers struggling with the challenges of poverty, crime, violence and inequality in developing countries throughout the world. ITLP conducts theatre workshops to teach English, develop independent thinking, self-empowerment and gender equity. It strives to help young people advance their educational and employment opportunities and nurture their voices as leaders to enable growth, change and community development.

Stephen DiMenna, Artistic Director

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ITLP Summer 2014 Programs: South Africa and Rwanda    






South Africa - June 27 - July 13

ITLP will return to South Africa for our third year. We will once again partner with The Ithemba Labantu Community Center ( Philippi Township 40 minutes outside of Cape Town and with Jazzart Dance Company ( This year we add three new partners: The Isihluzo Educational Theatre Project and The Zolani Theatre in Nyanda Township, and The Magnet Theatre in Cape Town.

ITLP teaching artists Stephen DiMenna and Chesray Dolpha will collaborate with South African theatre artsists, Mbovu Malinga, director of youth arts programs at Ithemba, Jackson Vuka, the director of Isihluzo, Zwelakhe Khuse, a teaching artists from Magnet Theatre and  Mziyanda Mancam, artistic director of Jazzart. Together they will work with 60 teen-agers, several returning from the 2012 and 2013 workshops, along with new students. Working each day from 10:0am - 4:00pm Monday through Saturday for two weeks they will create an original play that reflects the issues, ideas, challenges, hopes, dreams and visions of the future of the students. The plays will perform for the community at three locations: 

Friday June 11th  at 1:00 pm    at The Ithemba Labantu Comunity Center, Philippi Township

Saturday, June 12 at 1:00pm at The Zolani Theatre in Nyanda Township

Sunday, June 13th at 2:00pm at The Magnet Theatre in Cape Town

The students will initiate and coordinate additional performances at schools and community centers throughout their communities over the next three months.

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Rwanda - July 28 - August 18

ITLP will return to Rwanda for our fourth year working with 60 students at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village ( a boarding school for some of Rwanda's most vulnerable and orphaned youth. ITLP teachings artists Channie Waites and Patrick Crowley will return for their third year. They will be working with two graduate theatre majors from  The Kigali Institute of Education who will work as co-teaching artists. This year ITLP instituted a new partnership with the Brown University Theatre Program and two graduate theatre majors  Caitlin Ryan O'Connell  and  Flordelino Lagundino will be joining the team as associate teaching artists.

The ITLP team will work with 20 new students, 20 students from the 2013 workshops and 20 students from the 2012 and 2013 workshops returning for their third year. The third year students will re-mount their 2013 play What Hate Does for a performance tour of their community. The other students will create a two new plays. In addition to the workshops with the teens, Patrick and Channie will conduct  teacher workshops for the staff of Agahozo-Shalom on how to use theatre in the classroom.