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Registration is open for Off Center Teens Summer 2017 Camp.
OFF CENTER TEENS is Rude Mechs’ theatre summer camp for teens. Named “Best Club for Teen Performers” and “Best evolution of teen empowerment” by The Austin Chronicle’s Readers’ Poll, Off Center Teens is a 2-week, full-day camp where teens collaboratively create an original theatre performance from scratch and perform that work in a public presentation.
Teens who participate in Off Center Teens are given space, materials, skills, and guidance as they work individually and as a group to write poems, stories, songs, collages, dances, and drawings from their life experiences. They then craft this material into a live performance and a published anthology which is available to the audience, free of charge, before and after the public performances.
Off Center Teens is directed by Patrick Shaw, along with Rude Mechs Co-Producing Artistic Director Madge Darlington and Rude Mechs Company Member Jodi Jinks. Each has won awards of merit and critical acclaim for artistic work in the community and have experience teaching acting, performance and writing at all levels. They each hold MFA’s in theatre.
During the first week and a half of the program, teens learn how to speak their stories and find their voices then turn to crafting those stories into dynamic artistic performances. Throughout the program, several workshops are led by guest artist–professionals from the local community who have made careers in the arts. Guest artists have included Terry Galloway, Florinda Bryant, Dr. Joni Jones, sharon bridgforth, Dr. Lisa Moore, Paul Soileau, Aron Taylor, Jenny Arffman, Vincent Tomasino, Liz Doss, Carrie Fountain and Carra Martinez.
About Grrl Action
Off Center Teens evolved from Rude Mechs’ original program, Grrl Action, which began in 2000 as a writing and performance program designed to empower girls between the ages of 13 and 16 to find their public voices while building confidence, interacting with girls from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, and creating community. From the program, Grrl Action participants learn to expand their practice beyond the theatre space and into their everyday lives and communities, making them not only better writers and performers, but better citizens, activists, and role models. Engaging them through collectivity and community involvement, Grrl Action inspires young women to widen and transcend their definitions of what it means to be an artist.
Summer 2014 marked the 15th anniversary of this groundbreaking summer program!!!
Read more about Grrl Action at:
June 12th – 25th, 2017
Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(Early and late pick-up/drop-off available)
2017 Public Performances (attendance required):
Saturday June 24th & Sunday June 25th at 2pm.
The Lab Theater
University of Texas at Austin
303 East 24th Street, Austin, TX 78712.
Teens ages 13 – 16.
As we have worked with girls over the years through GRRL ACTION, we became aware of the need for a space in Austin where boys, girls, and transgender young people can have transformative and rigorous creative experiences that will deepen their knowledge and respect for one another and themselves. Off Center Teens welcomes all genders.
Full or partial scholarships and sibling discounts available (see registration form).
SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS
Off Center Teens is made possible by generous support from The John F. Kenny Writing Center Fund, and in part by an Arts Respond grant from Texas Commission on the Arts. Rude Mechs is supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Support for The Off Shoot Renovation came from:
The Laos House – Center for Personal Learning made a very generous gift in honor of Robert Bryant, founder/director; and in memory of Charles Smith, chef/philosopher/long time resident of East Austin.
Carrie Kenny and Sarah Sloan of Austin, Texas, generously contributed a gift that honors Carrie’s father, John F. Kenny. The gift supported the creation of a writing studio in the renovated Off Shoot.
The John F. Kenny Writing Studio is a place for the teens of Off Center Teens to write privately about their passions and dreams. It is also a space that allows for the participants to meet with their artistic mentors as the they conceive and create long-term artistic projects.
The renovation of The Off Shoot was also sponsored in part by generous corporate and private foundation grant awards from:
The Meadows Foundation
Austin Community Foundation
Dollar General Corporation
Junior League of Austin Done in a Day