"What's unique about this program is that it successfully connects youth to the elders in the community through fun processes. I also got to learn a lot about the city's past."
— Past Young Theaterworks student participant
Lead Teaching Artist Marlene Beltran-Cuauhtin, with assistance from Teaching Artists Jessica Hemingway, Marisol Torres and Ser Anzoategui challenged the youth of classroom teacher Dr. Mary Stevens to delve into their community’s living history and write plays based on their interviews with community elders.
Pasadena-based interviewees include Marshall Fundamental Class of 1938 alum Weston Embree, award-winning theater artist and 7th generation Californio Theresa Chavez, former Marshall Fundamental Assistant Principal Mary Bland, and nationally exhibiting visual artist, and certified yoga instructor and therapist, Linda Nishio.
Concert readings of these student-written plays will be performed on Wednesday, November 1, by professional actors alongside volunteering students at two culminating performances at Marshall Fundamental School’s Little Theatre. Professional actors will include Adrian Brizuela, Alison Minami, and Eddie Ruiz. Both events are free and open to the public.
Young Theaterworks Pasadena Concert Readings
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 10:15 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Marshall Fundamental School, Little Theatre, 990 North Allen Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104
Ticket Price: FREE
Event description: Concert Reading Culmination of Student-Written Plays
Now in it’s 18th year, YOUNG THEATERWORKS introduces youth to the importance of writing and the power of communication through artistic expression, collaboration, honest dialogue, and live performance. We believe that real change is made possible by working with a small group of youth over an extended period of time with a genuinely committed artistic staff.
This program is supported in part by generous grants from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation, the Pasadena Arts and Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.