ITP returns to Philipi Township outside of Cape Town, South Africa for year eleven of our RISING VOICES residency with a special tour of the original student plays throughout Townships outside Cape Town. This year we are expanding our programs two other Townships by adding two new community partners. We will double the number of young people we work with to 100.
SOUTH AFRICA 2023
ITP returned to Philipi Township outside of Cape Town, South Africa for our RISING VOICES residency. This year ten ITP alumni students in our LEADING ACTS program produced and directed the original play, Memories We've Found mentored by ITP teaching artists Stephen DiMenna, Mbovu Malinga and Yonela Sithela.
In 2019 we welcomed a distinguished guest artist, Harry Waters Jr. a professor of theatre at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN
In 2019 ITP was invited to perform our original play MEMORIES WE'VE FOUND created by our students in 2018 for the South African Youth Arts Festival at the Artscape Theatre, Cape Town's premier performing arts venue. This was an unprecedented opportunity for our students to perform in a venue with national prestige that elevates and validates the work of our young artists. Artscape houses the Cape Town Opera, Symphony, Jazzart Dance Company and international Broadway tours.
As a follow-up to the performance at Artscape our Leading Acts alumni produced a tour of the play to small theatres in the neighboring townships of Delft and Khayelitsha. They performed the show for hundreds of youth groups and members of their communities.
The play was re-mounted this Summer directed by our ITP alumni in our Leading Acts Program.