seeking NYC-BASED LGBTQIA+ youth writer-performers
Atlantic For Kids and The Future Perfect Project are seeking NYC-based LGBTQIA+ Youth, ages 16–21 for a 10-day devised theatre workshop and interactive performance piece,
"The Last Grove," in New York City June 15–25, 2022. (complete schedule and application below)
Selected participants receive a $300 stipend
APPLICATION DEADLINE JUNE 5th
ABOUT THE PIECE
The Last Grove is an interactive, outdoor theatre piece for young audiences about climate justice, identity, and the way we name the world around us. Five hundred years from now, trees have taken on the form of humans in order to save themselves from human climate damage. But humans may not outlast every other species after all, and the trees are now on a mission to revert to their original form. Will the trees figure out how to return to the grove, or will human hubris run out the clock?
A crucial seed of this piece is the question, What are we doing when we name something? We name things to make them “real,” to acknowledge their value, to acknowledge their very existence. Naming is a method of activation and agitation: the ritual speaking of names is a core practice in today’s racial justice movement. Naming oneself can also be a part of "outing" oneself - from declaring one's sexual identity to stating one's pronouns to changing one's name to resonate with one's gender identity. The climate crisis is so often invisible until it is, tragically, not. The Last Grove piece intends to be, in part, an exercise in making the invisible visible, in the hopes that giving name and voice to the “more than human” world will allow us to engage with it more deeply.
CRITERIA FOR PARTICIPATION
+ a genuine interest in building theater collaboratively
+ a genuine interest and comfort with performing outdoors
+ some experience (and possible confidence) with creative writing and writing from prompts
+ some experience with theatrical performing is strongly encouraged, though not necessary
+ some experience with Music (be it in Choir, self-guided practice, or musical theater) is strongly encouraged
+ a genuine curiosity about the natural world
One piece of exciting original writing (any length). This can be a play, screenplay, a pilot, poetry, a compilation of tweets, a blog post, etc. Whatever feels like the best representation of your writing voice.
Please upload a video of you performing a song that best represents your essence as a singer (no longer than two minutes). Acapella, accompanied, or self-accompanied are all fine. If you play an instrument, please let us know!
REFLECTIONS ON A TREE
Please upload a video of you sharing a memory, personal story, or joke involving a tree.
(no longer than one minute).
All rehearsals 4-7pm unless otherwise noted.
June 15–18: Rehearsal
June 18: Saturday Rehearsal 12 pm-4 pm
June 19: OFF
June 20–23: Rehearsal
June 24: 6 pm Presentation / 4 pm call
June 25: 2 pm Presentation / 12 pm call
* note: some rehearsals and performances will take place outdoors.
COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOL
THE LAST GROVE workshop will rehearse at the Atlantic studios in Chelsea, and Atlantic Theater Company and Atlantic Acting School have implemented a mandatory vaccination policy effective August 30, 2021 requiring complete COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees, students, and guest artists. As of January 18, 2022, anyone who is eligible to receive a Covid-19 booster vaccination is required to do so in order to enter our studios and facilities. In accordance with Atlantic’s commitment to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we are adopting this policy to safeguard the health of our staff and their families, our artists, audiences, and the community at large. In order to participate in the workshop, you will be asked to provide proof of vaccination/ booster. The following CDC- and WHO-approved vaccines will be accepted:
Johnson & Johnson
ABOUT THE CREATORS
Jeanna Phillips: I am a theatre maker and educator who creates work for people of all ages. I develop new theatre as a songwriter and creator in collaboration with fellow multidisciplinary artists. I am constantly in the process of integrating my creative career with my work as an educator— interrogating how I can sew my values as an art maker into my teaching practice, and vice versa. I’m interested in creating accessible structures that redefine traditional collaborative roles and invite new theatre-makers and non-performers to take ownership of theatre making. I value courageous strangeness, rigorous playfulness, and radical empathy.
nicHi douglas: i am an experimental theater maker and creative producer; i am also an artivist and organizer. my creative work is focused on better understanding the self (and one’s lineage) through imaginative emotional study. while i usually center Black women & femmes in my work, the Theater for Young Audiences extension of my practice is focused on all young voices and minds. i create multidisciplinary works of Afro Absurdism, investigatory spectacle, and now, environmentally-engaged theater that doubles as a climate justice curriculum. i work in close collaboration with other artists to devise and/or develop these new works, often creating a distinct collaborative process that is reflective of, or directly aligned with, the material being generated. i value self-discovery and care.