Come Out for Forum Theatre!

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The Attic Youth Center's
2010 Holiday Showcase
Thursday, December 16th
1315 Spruce Street
in Center City Philadelphia
Showcase runs 5pm to 8pm
Dinner served at 6pm
Forum Theatre at 7pm
Donations welcome

Come be a spect-actor in a Forum Theatre presentation by Serious Drama, the Attic Youth Center's LGBTQ justice theatre group! Serious Drama's team of actors will present a short holiday season play about being out to one's immediate family and wanting to come out to the extended family. After this initial scene, audience members will have a chance to take the place of the actors onstage and change the direction of the situation.

Serious Drama is just one of several groups presenting as part of the Attic Youth Center's Fall Showcase. Click here for more information about the Attic Youth Center and its programming.

Weekly Workshop Series at Studio 34

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The Rainbow of Desire
Theater of the Oppressed workshops
with Morgan Andrews at Studio 34
4522 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia
Mondays in November, 2010 • 7:30–9pm
Free Intro Workshop: November 1st
4-part series starts November 8th
Tuition: $40, payable at first session
(work exchange available upon request)
To pre-register, call 215-730-0982
or email ""

Come use theater to rehearse reality in this engaging and interactive series of classes. Based on the work of Brazilian director Augusto Boal, The Rainbow of Desire is a group of techniques that takes various desires out of our heads and puts them on stage where we can deal with them properly. Each session begins with fun theatrical games and warm-up exercises that build skills for role-playing stories generated from our common experiences. By putting our heads together and acting out the invisible elements of the situation, participants come up with strategies for confronting oppressors—both those in our daily lives and those inside our own heads. Called "the Boal method of theater and therapy," The Rainbow of Desire has the power to transform individuals and communities.

No experience necessary. Free intro class, Monday November 1st, 7:30–9pm. Meets weekly on the following 4 Mondays: November 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th. Space is limited—please pre-register by calling 215-730-0982, or send an email to ""

About the facilitator: Morgan Andrews has run theater workshops at colleges and community spaces around North and South America since 2001. He received his Theater of the Oppressed training from Augusto and Julian Boal at the Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory in New York, and with members of the Jana Sanskriti Theater of the Oppressed Movement in West Bengal, India. In addition to working at Studio 34, Morgan regularly travels to teach theater and social justice for university classes and student co-ops, and also runs the theater program at The Attic Youth Center here in Philadelphia.

The Rainbow Expo

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Presentations from the Attic Youth Center
Thursday August 12th, 2010 • 5:00-8:00 p.m.
* Forum Theater Performance at 7:00 *
at the William Way Center, 1315 Spruce
FREE! Call 215-545-4331 for more info.

The Attic Youth Center presents its Rainbow Expo, an event showcasing the work of Philadelphia's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, hosted by the William Way Center at 13th and Spruce Streets.

From 5:00 till 7:00, visitors can enjoy snacks, short presentations and displays created by teens working in the fields of silkscreen poster design, videography, and social justice theater, as well as their involvement in Philly's wider LGBTQ communities.

At 7:00 p.m., Serious Drama—the Attic's Forum Theater troupe—will present three short plays dealing with the struggles that LGBTQ youth face today: homophobia, assigned gender roles, harassment at school, violence on the street, and living on "the down-low." After the plays, the audience can engage in the Forum by stepping into the shoes of the actors and trying to change their characters' situations.

Admission to the Rainbow Expo is free. For more information, call the Attic at 215-545-4331.

Images of Philly in the Summer

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An Image Theater Workshop with Jo Kent-Katz & Morgan Andrews
Saturday August 7th, 11AM-3:30PM

at Studio 34 Yoga|Healing|Arts
4522 Baltimore Ave. West Philly
Suggested donation: $5-$20
No-one refused for lack of funds
To pre-register, call 215-730-0982
or email

Eating water ice and enduring heat waves; watching fireworks on a rooftop and waking up to the sound of gunshots; splashing in Logan Square Fountain and riding past closed public pools... What does Philly in the summer mean to you? Join your fellow Philadelphians as we explore this topic through the language of theater in a short workshop. We will play games, act out situations, and explore human sculpture techniques from Sociodrama and the Theater of the Oppressed. No previous theater experience is necessary.

Pre-register by calling 215-730-0982 or emailing Please wear comfy clothes and bring a lunch to the workshop. And yes, Studio 34 is air conditioned.

ACT OUT! A Workshop at the Attic Youth Center

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Come Act OUT at the Attic Youth Center in a fun free theater workshop for everybody! This one-time event will be led by members of Acting Out, a group that meets every Tuesday and Thursday to play theater games and use improvisational techniques to explore social justice and LGBTQ issues. This workshop is a "best of" where youth have the opportunity to share some of their favorite activities with a bigger group of people. No theater experience needed—please join us!
WHEN: Thursday, April 1st, from 5PM to 7PM
WHERE: The Attic Youth Center, 255 S. 16th St. (between Locust and Spruce—enter on the side)

Justice Theater Workshop with Nommo Theatre

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March 13, 2010, 1–4pm
@ Studio 34 Yoga|Healing|Arts
4522 Baltimore Ave. 
(right on the #34 Trolley line)
Suggested tuition: $5-$15, sliding scale
—no one turned away for lack of funds.
For info and to pre-register, email

WHAT IS JUSTICE TO YOU and how does it relate to theater and performance art? Are you satisfied with the status quo? If not, what is your analysis and how could it affect your creation of art? These are some of the questions and themes explored by Nommo Theatre. Improvisation, free writing, excerpts of original Nommo plays, and insightful group discussion will culminate into fresh original group performances that can be used as blueprints for justice and/or guerrilla theater.

NOMMO THEATRE is devoted to creating work that entertains, provokes thought, and ignites healthy debate. Co-founders Mitchell Ferguson and Bashi Rose use theatre to present the Black experience with all its ritual, spirituality, and resistance intact. Since 1994 Nommo Theatre has produced original work in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. Now we are proud to host Bashi and Mitchell for a 3-hour workshop on March 13th in Philadelphia.

See more from Nommo Theatre at
Nommo Theatre performed in
March 11–15, 2010 in Philadelphia.

One Big Experiment

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A smorgasbord of improv games and concoctions
facilitated by Beth Nixon and Jo Kent Katz
Saturday, January 30th, 1pm-5pm
at Studio 34 Yoga|Healing|Arts
4522 Baltimore Ave. Philadelphia
(right on the #34 trolley line at 45th St.)
Suggested donation: $10-$20
For more info, call 215-730-0982, or email

Come play games! In this super fun workshop, Beth Nixon and Jo Kent Katz bring together an assortment of games and improvisation tricks that can be used with any group. Whether working with kids or young adults in a classroom, actors or dancers on a stage, organizers and activists fighting for a cause, or even friends or family in your community, these games can be a useful tool to bring people together while thinking outside the box. These games come from a variety of sources, including American theatrical director Viola Spolin, Anglo-Canadian dramatist Keith Johnstone, Beazilian activist Augusto Boal, and a rich history of international folklore that preceded them. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created something magical together—One Big Experiment!

No prior theater experience is necessary.
Call 215-730-0982 or email for info.