— Angela Olson, Resident Artist
About School Residencies
ABOUT SCHOOL RESIDENCIES:
Our residencies develop youth leadership to build community and engage in dialogue about tough issues such as racism and community violence. Many of the youth involved in the partnerships have not spoken up before they perform but become vocal leaders after they experience success in the program.
Our purpose is to use theatre to examine social issues such as violence, poverty, racism, homophobia and religious difference, and the ways these issues impact individuals and their relationships. By building a spirit of ensemble collaboration among the youth in each residency and teaching creative writing and performing skills, we provide an avenue for youth to speak their truth publicly, and to share their perceptions, talent, energy and individual voices.
We envision youth connected with caring adult mentors, creating theatre that speaks to issues relevant to their lives. We envision youth with opportunities to develop their own voices as they write their stories and perform them for peers, family members and community stakeholders. We envision youth becoming leaders, taking action to make positive change in their lives and in their communities.
Past residencies have included Green Central Middle School and Washburn High School.
Pillsbury House Theatre Resident Artists Kurt Kwan, Anton Jones, and Angela Olson worked with the 6th grade class at Green Central Elementary to create a 30 minute performance that had 100 fellow students cheering in the aisles!