As one of Canada's leading Latin American theatre companies, we feel it is our role to support the next generation of theatre artists in Canada. Nueva Voz: A Latino Youth Initiative will provide an artistic space for Toronto’s Latino youth and support their stories and creativity through theatre practice. Incorporating a collective creation practice, we will help the youth to devise and interpret an original piece to be presented at the De Colores Festival of New Works.
The project is designed for young Latinos/as between the ages of 14 and 25. We are looking for a diverse representation of youth in terms of theatre experience and leadership abilities. We will be selecting 10 Latino youth to participate in the group through personal outreach and recommendations by specific community organizations, leaders, youth programs and via the TDSB/TCDSB schools.
Why a Nueva Voz?
According to a 2009 report “the average dropout rate in Toronto high schools is 23 percent. Among Spanish-speaking people, the dropout rate is almost 40 percent….[this] 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 2013 Nueva Voz Artists/Mentors
Alameda Theatre Company has chosen theatre artists who specialize in all aspects of the theatre. The youth will have a chance to learn from professional actors, directors, playwrights, dramaturges and movement based artists.
2013 Artist Mentors: Olga Barrios (Choreographer & Dancer) Adam Lazarus (Clown) Paloma Nuñez (Improvisation) Nico Contreras (Dub Poetry/Hip/Hop) Guillermo Verdecchia (Playwriting)
Nueva Voz will be a twenty week summer and after school program, running from August 13, 2013 to October 15, 2013.
The program will culminate in a public presentation as part of the 2013 De Colores Festival of New Works, October 16-18, 2013, presented by Alameda Theatre Company at Wychwood Theatre.
If you are interested in being a part of Nueva Voz, a submission call is put out every January. Please contact us directly at email@example.com to inquire about the program.
• What theatre experience, if any, do you have? (Participants need not have any theatre experience to be accepted)
• What extra curricular activities are you involved in currently?
• What makes you the right person to be involved in 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
601 Christie St., Suite 255
M6G 4C7, Canada
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
Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St., Suite 255, Toronto, ON, M6G 4C7
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