SOCIAL JUSTICE FESTIVAL
The Social Justice Festival began as an idea four years ago with a conversation between Roosevelt High School’s theatre teacher, Jo Lane, and Portland Playhouse Director of Education, Nikki Weaver. Their vision was manifested with our first Social Justice Project in 2016. This year we are bringing the ideas to life at four partnering high schools.
The main purpose of The Social Justice Festival is to engage students within their own schools to communicate more, to share ideas, to challenge assumptions, and to question society through a visceral performance of text, research, and performance. We aim to connect our students with a community that extends beyond their school walls.
WHAT IS SOCIAL JUSTICE?
How do we talk about social justice? How do we define it? How do we take ACTION? The program allows students to do all of these things through the power of investigation, imagination, and research.
Students will create devised work that asks the audience to take their own action as a response to what they see. Each school will perform a 30 minute piece, and each school will perform at all three schools over two weekends in the spring. Led by dedicated teaching artists the program seeks to create a visceral response to understanding more about a certain topic.
The Social Justice Festival will consist of four 30 minute shows on the topic of this year’s theme of “Gender Expression and Sexuality.” Each show is devised by one of our four participating high schools:
Metropolitan Learning Center
With guidance from this year’s Community Partner, Q Center.
Monday, April 15th
Tuesday, April 16th
(Doors open at 6:30pm, 7:00pm performance)
INTERESTED IN GETTING YOUR SCHOOL INVOLVED?
We offer a Fall Festival of Shakespeare for middle school and high school students, and Spring Social Justice Festival for high school students. Contact us today for more information.