Our work with youth
In 2012 we began working with teens and children introducing the question of global citizenship by developing opportunities for them to connect to international communities and socially relevant themes through intellectual inquiry and creative expression.
We began this exciting new venture by putting our annual event, the Stratford/Shakespeare Connection working with the children at Heart of Los Angeles Youth in 2012 and, in 2013, students of Actors for Autism who deeply and sincerely explored questions of global citizenship both as Americans and young artists with disabilities. You can read more about that project by clicking here. And you can find the video of the event located on our video page.
MOST RECENT PROJECT: Belarusian Dream Theater
“I Want To Be A Different Girl Born On A Different Day” – exploring the treacherous environments for young girls in societies which are economically, socially or religiously imbalanced.
“Meet Mr. Shakespeare” – in collaboration with Stratford-Upon-Avon’s Shakespeare Birthday Commission, The GTP will develop an approach to the Bard as global citizen which will be presented in the states and then distributed globally for educators and arts institutions.
As the world becomes more globally connected, it is important for us as Americans to find ways to participate in this reality. We owe it to our children. They must understand that they are an essential part of the world around them. And that they can impact that world as independent thinkers and with independent actions. At The Global Theatre Project we hope to be a part of a conversation that defines our relationships internationally with intimate engagement, curiosity in ‘the other’ and the development of collaborative work which impacts our world.
“I am excited to begin the process of developing a program which empowers our youth through encouraging interest in the world around them. It is imperative that they not only understand global issues but take a leadership role in exploring these issues and sharing their results with their peers and their community. I know our job is to widen their lens and encourage an intellectual curiosity that is individually their own. It seems inevitable that children be given a voice through real knowledge of their vibrant place as global citizens with a clear understanding that their impact is simply . . . necessary. We will also make sure that communities which are not typically included in this type of opportunity be the center of our work.” — Liz Fenning, Los Angeles Youth Coordinator