AMERICAN THEATRE | TYA BIPOC Superhero Venture to Fee New Work From 20 Writers


NEW YORK CITY: Theatre for Younger Audiences/USA (TYA/USA) has introduced the TYA BIPOC Superhero Venture, a brand new initiative led by playwright and educator José Casas, designed to present playwrights of coloration extra entry to mainstream/regional TYA theatres. In an effort the TYA/USA is looking the biggest and most complete partnership of theatres ever undertaken within the area, 20 playwrights of coloration will probably be commissioned by 24 theatres to develop their work in a one-week residency. All of the commissioned works will function tales of BIPOC superheroes, and the venture will culminate in a year-long celebration with productions, co-productions, and a broadcast anthology of all of the performs.

“This venture is about partnerships and neighborhood constructing, and creating areas for needed dialogue meant to create motion,” stated José Casas, the venture’s creator and chief. “We’ll give alternatives to administrators of coloration, actors of coloration, dramaturgs of coloration, and stage managers of coloration. It’s about encouraging TYA to reassess and in the event that they deal with problems with variety, whereas inviting communities to be part of the expertise as a substitute of tokenizing them. It’s about reminding ourselves of why we do theatre within the first place.”

“The keenness and assist for the TYA BIPOC Superhero Venture from theatres throughout the nation reveal the sector’s dedication to signify extra tales from artists of coloration,” stated Sara Morgulis, govt director of TYA/USA, in a press release. “I see an entire neighborhood coming collectively to share new tales that includes authentic and sophisticated heroes that may encourage younger audiences throughout the nation,” 

This venture is devoted to giving entry to playwrights of coloration devoted to writing for youth audiences. The playwrights have been chosen based mostly on their writing abilities, their experience in collaboration, their creativeness and creativity, their unapologetic view of the world, and the best way they specific that intention. The record of playwrights is as follows:

  1. José Casas 
  2. Idris Goodwin 
  3. Marcus Yi
  4. Rhiana Yazzie
  5. Alvaro Saar Rios 
  6. Sigrid Gilmer
  7. Ramón Esquivel
  8. Gloria Bond Clunie
  9. Kwik Jones 
  10. Carolyn Dunn 
  11. Sam Hamashima 
  12. Mariah L. Richardson 
  13. Susan H. Pak 
  14. Gregory Van Acker
  15. Mabelle Reynoso 
  16. Emilio Rodriguez 
  17. June Carryl 
  18. Sean-Joseph Choo
  19. Lee Cataluna
  20. Dr. Manuel A. Morán 

Theatres commissioning the work embrace:

  1. John F. Kennedy Middle for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
  2. First Stage in Milwaukee
  3. Childsplay Theatre Co in Tempe, Ariz.
  4. Seattle Kids’s Theatre
  5. Lexington Kids’s Theatre in Lexington, Ky.
  6. Alliance Theatre in Atlanta
  7. Magik Theatre in San Antonio, Texas
  8. Chicago Kids’s Theatre
  9. The Rose Theater in Omaha, Neb.
  10. Circle Theatre in Omaha, Neb.
  11. Rising Youth Theatre in Phoenix
  12. Collective Consciousness Theatre in New Haven, Conn.
  13. Trike Theatre in Bentonville, Ark.
  14. Arkansas Museum of Superb Arts in Little Rock, Ark.
  15. Metro Theater Firm in St. Louis
  16. Spinning Dot Theatre in Ann Arbor, Mich.
  17. Jap Michigan College in Ypsilanti, Mich.
  18. Parallel 45 Theatre in Traverse Metropolis, Mich.
  19. Interlochen Middle for the Arts in Interlochen, Mich.
  20. Northwest Kids’s Theater and Faculty in Portland, Ore.
  21. In Different Individuals’s Sneakers Productions in Los Angeles
  22. Honolulu Theatre for Youth in Honolulu
  23. New Native Theatre in St. Paul, Minn.
  24. Teatro SEA in New York Metropolis

Lead program sponsors of the TYA BIPOC Superhero Venture are TYA/USA and Dramatic Publishing. TYA/USA will spotlight the venture at their subsequent three gatherings: On the 2023 Nationwide Competition & Convention, there will probably be a breakout skilled improvement session the place facilitators will share concerning the venture and the method. In 2024, TYA/USA will function a studying competition of the performs, and the 2025 Nationwide Competition & Convention will conclude the venture, with the taking part theatres producing their respective performs on the identical time. Dramatic Publishing will publish an anthology of all 20 performs.

Seattle Kids’s Theatre is the fiscal sponsor of the TYA BIPOC Superhero Venture, with Mary Pigott offering seed funding; the venture is looking for further assist for this nationwide effort. Presents could be made to Seattle Kids’s Theatre, or folks can straight contact SCT managing director Kevin Malgesini for extra data.

José Casas is a playwright and affiliate professor who heads the Playwriting Minor within the Division of Theatre & Drama on the College of Michigan. His performs embrace la rosa grows past the wall, all brown all chingon, aDoBe, 1,000,000 whispers all of sudden, the vine, la ofrenda, any person’s kids, and Flint.

TYA/USA is the main nationwide group representing almost 1,000 member theatres, organizations, and particular person arts professionals throughout 46 states dedicated to the skilled area of theatre for kids, younger adults, and households.

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