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ATHENews - Volume 26, Number 2 - April 30, 2012 - Arena Stage's Voices of Now at Conference
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Arena Stage's Voices of Now at Conference

Performance and an interactive workshop will be presented by the Arena Stage's Community Engagement Voices of Now program at the conference on Friday, August 3 (7 - 8:30 p.m.). The Voices of Now unites the renowned theatre company with D.C. public schools by creating student ensemble who perform interactive theatre based on current issues ongoing in their lives. Mitch Mattson, the Voices of now Ensemble Coordinator, said "it is an honor to share the recent work of Arena Stage to ATHE's educators." Mattson will bring a cast of eight students who have participated over the past year to share their work with us. Beginning with one company, Arena Stage's Community Outreach now features 12 ensembles throughout the D.C. area, camps, playwrighting and more to bridge the professional theatre's work with the community. The multi-disciplinary session supported by TASC and PACT and the Advocacy Committee will provide a performance, a hand-on workshop with ensemble members and discussion in a performance-workshop session. Then, you will have a chance to develop your own work with Ensemble participants. The Voices of Now program of Arena Stage was designed by Ashley Forman, Arena Stage’s Director of Education and Programming. Participants learn about theater, writing and performance, with the ultimate goal of devising and performing a piece of theater based on their own writing. The performances tend to be between 20-40 minutes in length, and are fast-paced, highly choreographed physical theater pieces collaboratively written around a theme and demand full participation, commitment, and collaboration from all. Artistic elements include poetry, movement, music, dialogue, monologue, pantomime and storytelling.

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