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
" VOICES FROM AFRICA"
the 2015 ITLP Benefit on Monday February 9th
was a great success.
Thank you to all who attended and donated.
The Cast of " Voices from Africa"
James Williams, Nilaja Sun, Margaret Ivey, Brian Murray, Peter Francis James,
Jay O. Sanders, Maryann Plunkett, Miriam A. Hyman and Devin Haqq
Tony Award Winner Tonya Pinkins performs
Singers from Broadway Inspirational Voices Nilaja Sun and James Williams
ITLP Artistic Director Stephen DiMenna ITLP Board Members
Brian Murray, Tyne Daly, Miriam A. Hyman Actors Nilaja Sun, Margaret Ivey and Devin Haqq
ITLP Summer 2014 Programs:
South Africa and Rwanda
South Africa - June 28 - July 13
ITLP just returned from South Africa for our third year. We partnered once again with The Ithemba Labantu Community Center (ithemba-labantu.co.za) 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 ( magnettheatre.co.za ) 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.
Rwanda - July 28 - August 18
ITLP returned to Rwanda for our fourth year working with 60 students at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (asyv.org) a boarding school for some of Rwanda's most vulnerable and orphaned youth. ITLP teachings artists Channie Waites and Patrick Crowley returned for their third year. They worked with two graduate theatre majors from The Kigali Institute of Education who worked 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 joined the team as associate teaching artists.
The ITLP team worked 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 re-mounted their 2013 play What Hate Does for a performance tour of their community. The other students created two new plays. In addition to the workshops with the teens, Patrick and Channie conducted teacher workshops for the staff of Agahozo-Shalom on how to use theatre in the classroom.