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, gender inequity and inequality in developing countries. 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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                       Join us for our 10th Birthday Party




                   The Board of Directors of ITLP

         Stephen DiMenna  Randy Graff  Dan Knechtges  Jonathan Herzog and Stefan Nowicki

                             cordially invite you to our


                  10th Anniversary

                    Birthday Party!


                                        Friday, November 20th


                                   Etcetera Etcetera Restaurant

                                          352 West 44th Street,  New York


                                                6:30 - Cocktail hour

                             7:30 - Musical Cabaret by Broadway performers

                                        8:00 - Party and celebrate with us

                          Enjoy delicious Italian appetizers created by the Chef 

                                   Tickets - $10 

                                  A tax-deductible donation of $1 for every year

                     To reserve your tickets click one of these links 

                                     Reserve and pay online

                                 Reserve and pay at the door


                         I am not able to attend but would like to

                      make a tax deductible contribution to ITLP

                                    CLICK HERE TO DONATE

                                                            $20 - $2 a year 

                                                            $50 - $5 a year

                                                            $100 - $10 a year


           ITLP has provided theatre and literacy programs for over 1250 students

                in Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, India and Indonesia.

                            Help us reach another 1200 in our next 10 years.



                          Join us for a night of celebration and fun!

                       Eat, drink and party with the friends of ITLP.





ITLP Summer 2015 Programs:

South Africa and Rwanda    








   South Africa - June 28 - July 13

ITLP just returned from South Africa for our fourth year. We partnered once again with The Ithemba Labantu Community Center ( in Philippi Township 40 minutes outside of Cape Town. This year we added four new partners: The Isihluzo Educational Theatre Project and The Nyanga Arts Center in Nyanda Township, The Magnet Theatre ( ) one of South Africa's most acclaimed professional theatres in Cape Town and Unami South Africa, an acclaimed puppet thetare.

ITLP teaching artists Stephen DiMenna and Chesray Dolpha collaborated 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. They worked with 70 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 created an original play called Street Dreams that reflected the issues, ideas, challenges, hopes, dreams and visions of the future of the students. The plays performed for the community at three locations: 

Friday June 11th  at The Nyanga Arts Center in Nyanga Township

Saturday, June 12 at The iThemba Labantu Community Center in Philippi Township

Sunday, June 13th  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 - August 2015

ITLP returned to Rwanda for our fifth year working with 89 students at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village ( a boarding school for some of Rwanda's most vulnerable and orphaned youth and the Rwinkwavo Library and Learning Center ITLP teachings artists Channie Waites, Caitlin O'Connell and Flordelino Lagundino returned this year. They worked with two graduate theatre majors from  The Kigali Institute of Education who worked as co-teaching artists.

The ITLP team worked with 20 new students, 20 students from the 2014 workshopsreturning for their third year. The students created two new plays.