Writer’s Group: Teaching Femmes Through Theater
April 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Learn how generations of femmes continue to uplift one another at one of NYC’s most successful theater organizations, viBe Theater Experience. viBe has been recognized by The Coalition of Theaters of Color, Brave New Voices, and the Study of Social Policy. Through free after-school theater programs, viBe programs provide the most important aspect for a young femme living in New York: mentorship. During this event, we’ll enjoy a performance by a current viBe femme and will be speaking to the executive director, Toya Lillard.
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About our Speaker
Toya Lillard is a theater director, performer, activist and educator. A native Houstonian from an artistic family, Toya graduated from Houston’s High School for Performing and Visual Arts, and further developed her interest in arts education, particularly in the use of theater to help youth address issue relevant to their personal and civic development, in college. For 10 years, Toya served as Director of School Programs for The New York Philharmonic’s Education Department, where she helped to develop its nationally recognized School Partnership Program. In addition to being Executive Director of viBe Theater Experience, an award-winning arts education organization, Toya is a part-time member of the African-American Studies Department at CUNY CityTech, where she teaches Black Theater. Toya holds a B.A. from Vassar College, and an M.A. from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She has directed plays, developed curricula, led advocacy efforts and implemented innovative teaching artist training programs both in and out of our city’s schools. As a theater teaching artist, Toya has worked extensively and passionately with, and for girls and young women in New York City.
viBe Theater Experience (viBe) provides girls (ages 13-19) and young women (ages 18-24) in New York City with free, high quality artistic, leadership and academic opportunities. viBe works to empower underserved teenage girls to write and perform original theater, video and music about the real-life issues they face daily. Our programs offer participants the opportunity to write, produce and perform their own plays, poetry, and music. viBe’s performing arts and training programs provide the platform for participants to amplify their voices and “speak truth to power” by creating an artistic response to the world around them. Since 2003, more than 70 viBe productions have brought free theater, live musical performances, videos and radio plays to diverse audience members, changing their perceptions about the kind of art that young women can create, and what can be achieved through collaborative, process-based methods.