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|Projects and Programs - Katrina Project|
The Katrina Project – a joint project of ATHE and BTN
To identify, connect to and inspire theatre practitioners who guide youth through performance; and to give young people an opportunity and an environment in which to voice their challenges and accomplishments through creative means. The project also aims to establish a network and registry of these theatre artists and to provide a venue for them to share their stories at national conferences. Finally, the Katrina Project will identify and support a school or program in the cities BTN and ATHE visit.
A Brief History of the Katrina Project
New Orleans, 2007
Five college professors and teachers, representing ATHE and BTN (Gail Humphries-Mardirosian, American University; Gail Medford, Bowie State University; Kathleen Ervin, California State University at San Bernadino; Laurie Mufson, Mercersburg Academy; and Gale Sheaffer, Oak Mountain Academy) traveled to two high schools in New Orleans to work with students and hear stories of Katrina. Karen Berman, past ATHE President, and Sandra Shannon, past BTN President called many schools in the New Orleans area. Two schools welcomed us: Reed High School and O. Perry Walker High School. Workshops with the students were designed to encourage them to tell and act their experiences during Hurricane Katrina.
New York City, 2009
Los Angeles, 2010
The ATHE Advocacy Committee presented two sessions at the 2010 Conference.
Members of the Katrina Project Subcommittee
Co-Chairs from ATHE: Gale Sheaffer and Laurie Mufson
Visit these webpages to see some of the work arising out of the Katrina Project:
Friends of the Katrina Project
If you'd like to be listed here as a friend of the Katrina Project, please contact the Vice President for Advocacy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Agencies Working with Displaced Youth
If you'd like to be listed here as a theatrical agency that works with displaced youth, please contact the Vice President for Advocacy (email@example.com).