The Voices of Now Advocacy Ensemble is made up of participants in their teens and twenties from the Metro D.C. area that collaborate to create an original, autobiographical play that focuses on a specific issue facing their community. The Advocacy Ensemble play is presented at Arena Stage as part of the Voices of Now Festival, and throughout the community as a tool for creating dialogue around social issues. Past partner organizations for this ensemble have included D.C. Child and Family Services, Metro Teen AIDS, Promising Futures, Next Step Public Charter School and First Star Academy.
Participants explore the program through free workshops in the fall that culminate in an audition in December. Artists and activists ages 14 and up are encouraged to register for the FREE Advocacy Ensemble workshops this fall!
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All workshops take place from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Classroom at Arena Stage (1101 Sixth Street, SW, Washington, D.C.). Participants must be free for all four dates in a series to sign up.
Participants who complete a full series will be eligible to audition for the 2019 Advocacy Ensemble, which will rehearse Tuesdays, January 8 - May 18, 2019. The Advocacy Ensemble will perform in the Kogod Cradle at Arena Stage as part of the 2019 Voices of Now Festival, May 15 - 18, 2019.
Workshop Series 1 - October 22, 23, 29 and 30, 2018
Workshop Series 2 - November 19, 20, 26 and 27, 2018
Workshop Series 3 - December 3, 5, 10 and 11, 2018
Advocacy Ensemble Audition - December 18, 2018
Classes are held in the beautiful Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Rehearsals are held in the classroom and the final showcase is held in the 200-seat Kogod Cradle.