BOSTON, MA – The Access to Theatre Program (ATT) of Partners for Youth with Disabilities, in partnership with the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) and VSA Massachusetts – The State Organization on Art and Disability, will again take up residence at the Boston Center for the Arts this summer. During a two-week residency, ATT will work with an inclusive group of youth with and without disabilities to create an original production that will include improvisation, stories, dance/ movement, visual art, and music to share with the public on Friday, August 15th at 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm, in the Cyclorama at the BCA, 539 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End.
Created by, with and for young people ages 13 to 24 with and without disabilities, ATT provides fully accessible participatory theater arts experiences, enabling youth to develop creative expression, self-esteem, friendship and leadership skills. Participants work with professional artists to stage and create original theater productions and interactive audience experiences.
Since partnering with the BCA in 1997, ATT has worked with hundreds of young people in annual original productions viewed by thousands of audience members. Through these programs, participants explore movement, dance, visual arts, music, spoken word and the countless combinations that can be created in artistic experiences.
The ATT residency will run from Sunday, August 3rd to Friday August 15th and culminate in performances of original work on Friday, August 15th at 1pm and 6pm in the Cyclorama at the BCA. All events are free and open to the public as well as wheelchair accessible, ASL interpreted and Audio Described. Donations are accepted.
What: Access to Theatre Summer Institute Performances
In Partnership with the Boston Center for the Arts and VSA Massachusetts
When: Performances: Friday, August 15th, 2014 at 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Where: Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116
Cost: Free and open to the public
About Partners for Youth with Disabilities
Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc. (PYD) empowers youth with disabilities to reach their full potential by providing transformative mentoring programs, youth development opportunities, and inclusion expertise. We motivate youth to reach their personal, educational and career goals, and guide organizations in becoming more inclusive.
One of PYD’s most successful programs, Access to Theatre offers a Summer Institute, after school programming, workshops, leadership opportunities, mentoring, and assistance to other organizations interested in creating accessible arts programs. www.pyd.org
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
About the Boston Center for the Arts
The Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is a not-for-profit performing and visual arts complex that supports working artists to create, perform and exhibit new works; builds new audiences; and connects art to community. The BCA serves arts audiences through exhibitions, live performances and community events, and supports artists through affordable studio, rehearsal and performance space on the historic South End site. The BCA’s two-acre campus is home to hundreds of working artists, as well as several nonprofit arts and educational groups that provide a wide spectrum of services. www.bcaonline.org