Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater has announced plans to partner with the United States Department of State to send four Arena Stage teaching artists to Zagreb, Croatia, from December 1-20 in order to work with students and young adults with physical disabilities and create a new play. The play will be entitled Disable(d) Prejudice.
The teaching artists involved in the project are Rebecca Campana, Ashley Forman, Anthony Jackson, and Ariel Warmflash. These educators will provide professional-development training seminars based on Arena Stage's Voices of Now devised theater program, as well as create a theater production with the participating students that will tour to schools and performance venues.
"People with disabilities are marginalized in Croatian society. Through the Arena Stage program, we hope that the participants will learn skills that empower them to advocate for themselves," said the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb in a statement.
The Voices of Now program aims to equip its participants with the skills they need to write and perform autobiographical theater pieces that pose questions about social, cultural, and emotional issues. It focuses on creating projects that give voice to issues of relevancy for the young artists involved.