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
ITLP Launches 2014 Fundraising "Campaign for African Youth Empowerment"
ITLP is launching a fundraising campaign to raise $25,000 by June 1st, 2014 to be able to conduct it's 2014 Summer programs for young people in Rwanda and South Africa.
~ In June and July-- ITLP will be returning to the township of Philippi, South Africa, with the help of current fundraising efforts through Indiegogo, to work with our largest group of students to date. Two ITLP teaching artists will partner with two South African theatre artist-educators to head up workshops for 50 students at Ithemba Labantu Center. The ITLP workshops will give children in one of the most desperate areas of the world a chance to experience creative writing, self expression and a platform to speak out within a community-based original performance for the first time.
~ In July and August--- ITLP will be returning to Rwanda --- to Agahozo Shalom Youth Village, a school 40 minutes outside of Kigali. An extraordinary team of four ITLP theatre artist-educators will work for 2 1/2 weeks with 45 students who have been orphaned and impacted by the devastating genocide of 1994. The ITLP theatre & social justice workshop will give these students a chance to experience creative writing, self expression, and a platform to speak out and heal in a community-based performance.