“This experience… opens a lot of doorways, ‘cause I didn’t really think I could write as well. Then I look at this and it’s like, Wow.”
–Antonia Rodriguez, Constitution High School, 9th grade
Each year, InterAct Theatre Company joins forces with Philadelphia Young Playwrights to produce the Young Voices Monologue Festival, a competitive program that invites high school students from all over the Philadelphia area to write and submit monologues that address issues important to students today. The top monologues are selected to be developed by professional directors, dramaturgs, and actors, and then presented in a series of showcase performances.
This year’s performance will run from March 19-29, 2014. All performances will take place in the Playground at The Adrienne, located at 2030 Sansom Street. A post-Festival tour will take place from April 1-April 5, 2014.
In June, InterAct was thrilled to receive a matching challenge grant of $20,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, in partnership with Philadelphia Young Playwrights for an expansion to our annual Young Voices Monologue Festival.
Young Voices is InterAct’s annual collaborative monologue-writing competition and production with Philly Young Playwrights. We send teaching artists into high schools throughout the region to conduct monologue-writing workshops. From hundreds of submissions, we select 15 – 20 original student-written monologues to be produced as part of a showcase and performed by professional actors for 7 performances on the Sky Box stage at The Adrienne. This $20,000 Knight Challenge Grant will support an expansion to this amazing program.
–The number of participating high schools will go from 8 to 16
–We will launch a Young Voices “Best Of” High School Tour in fall ‘13 and spring ‘14
–We will double the performance run and more than double the number of attendees
Because the Knight Challenge Grant is a matching opportunity, in order to receive the full funding, we must MATCH the funding. When you give $25, $50, $100 or more, your gift will be matched by Knight and your support will be doubled!
For more information on Young Voices, please contact Education Director Dwight Wilkins at 215-568-8077 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please call 215-568-8079 for tickets and more information.