As one of Canada's leading Latin American theatre companies, we feel it is our role to reach out and support our youth. By maintaining a strong relationship with our community we can give Latin-American youth tools to explore issues of racism, stereotypes, gang violence, family, sexuality, power, and identity. Our goal is to celebrate Latin American culture in Canada, through the creation of new theatre.
Nueva Voz will provide an artistic forum for Toronto’s Latin-American youth. Our aim is to support the needs, stories and visions of these individuals in order that they be heard and respected. By giving them a voice through theatre-based workshops, culminating in a final presentation in the professional space of Theatre Direct , these youth will gain concrete experience creating and producing a new piece of theatre.
Nueva Voz: Background Information
According to the 2009 report "Four in Ten: Spanish Speaking Youth and Early School Leaving in Toronto", published by the Latin American Research Education and Development Network (LARED) at the OISE (University of Toronto), “the average dropout rate in Toronto high schools is 23 percent. Among Spanish-speaking people, the dropout rate is almost 40 percent. This sets off alarm bells in our community, because it means that for every 100 Spanish-speaking students who enter high school every year, 40 will face enormous challenges during their youth and adulthood to fully integrate into the economic, social, political and cultural life of this country".
The project is designed for young Latinos/as roughly between the ages of 14 and 19, who may be interested in theatre but not necessarily have the experience. We are looking for a diverse representation of youth in terms of class, theatre experience, leadership abilities, and schools. We will be selecting 10 Latino youth to participate in this year’s pilot project, through the recommendations of specific community service organizations, community leaders, youth programs and via the TDSB/TCDSB schools.
The Artists / Mentors
Alameda Theatre Company has chosen theatre artists who specialize in all aspects of the theatre world in order to create a well-rounded experience for the participants. The adolescents will have a chance to learn from professional actors, directors, playwrights, dramaturges and movement based artists.
2013 Artist Mentors: Gilda Monreal (Co-Facilitator) Natalia Naranjo (Co-Facilitator) Olga Barrios (Choreographer & Dancer) Ari Belathar (Poetry) Adam Lazarus (Clown & Movement) Marilo Nuñez (Acting, Sense Memory) Guillermo Verdecchia (Playwriting)
Nueva Voz will be a seventeen session (weekly afterschool) program, running from February to May 2013. The program is a FREE program which will culminate in a public presentation at Theatre Direct.
Susana Arnott, Vice Principal, Lakeshore Collegiate, TDSB
Call for Submissions: September 26, 2012
Deadline: November 30th, 2012
All participants will submit a written application, answering the following questions:
• What theatre experience, if any, do you have? (Participants need not have any theatre experience to be accepted, all we ask is that they have an open mind to the experience)
• What extra curricular activities are you involved in currently?
• What makes you the right person to be involved in Nueva Voz?
• What can you bring to the table and why is this important to Nueva Voz?
• What are you’re your strengths and weaknesses?
• Who are your mentors?
• What inspires you?
• What school (if any) do you attend, what is your grade level, and what is your age.
• The applicants will also be required to provide a short essay, video or visual creation to answer: "What does it means to be Latino/a in today's world?" (We will only accept DVD if you are submitting a video response).
• If you wish for your material to be returned, please include a SASE envelope.
We are selecting participants based on thoughtfulness, creativity in their responses, and those who reflect a genuine desire to be a part of Nueva Voz.
Recommendations from organizations, teachers, schools, etc. will be seriously taken into consideration. We are open to individuals who have passion and a desire to learn and be changed by this experience. We want to allow the next generation of artists to speak their minds, to create new experiences and to share their voices with the world around them. Alameda Theatre Company endeavours to be a mentor and guide for Latin youth and to have positive impact on the community and its members.
Where to Submit
Please send submissions by mail to: Alameda Theatre Company
RE: Nueva Voz Program
845 St. Clair Ave. W.
Support For This Program
Nueva Voz is made possible through the generous support of:
This project is made possible, in part, by the Youth Theatre Training Program of Theatre Ontario, funded by the Ontario Arts Council
Alameda Theatre Company, 845 St. Clair Ave. W., Suite 206, Toronto, Ontario, M6C 1C3 Tel: (416) 652-5442 | General Email: email@example.com