Appalshop’s Roadside Theater and Appalachian Media Institute are excited to announce the first annual Fall Youth Theater Lab, taking place at Appalshop from October 25 to November 19, 2016. Interested? If so, we invite you to join us three days a week (on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays) to explore the basics of ensemble theater by creating and producing a play from start to finish.
If you are age 14-22 and want to exercise your creativity through theater making and through telling your own and your community’s stories, please sign-up! No prior theater experience is required– all you need is an interest in theater and a willingness to work within a group to making something positive happen.
Participants will be chosen through a simple application process. To apply, fill out and email the application below and it email it to Donna at Roadside Theater: [email protected]
Name of Parent or Guardian:
Emergency Contact (if over age 18):
Preferred Gender Pronoun:
Will you require transportation to and from the Lab?
(Note: requirement of transportation WILL NOT affect your potential acceptance.)
Write a paragraph about yourself– what are your interests, hobbies, etc? Why do you want to attend this lab?
Please email to Donna Porterfield at [email protected]
Roadside Theater was founded at Appalshop in 1975 by Appalachian youth, who wanted to tell their community’s stories from their direct experiences of growing up in East Kentucky and Southwest Virginia. Since its founding, the Roadside ensemble has written and produced 51 plays and toured them at home in the mountains, as well as to 43 states and Europe.
Since 1988, the Appalachian Media Institute has provided opportunities for young people from Central Appalachia to explore their communities and develop their creative skills through the arts and media.
Working with AMI can be both a challenging and rewarding experience. It is important that you are interested in exploring your creativity through storytelling, media making and theater. You must 1) be a responsible AMI/Appalshop employee by upholding the policies and spirit of the program and organization and 2) be willing to learn from and share with others.
Since 1969, Appalshop has used media and the arts to work with communities to create positive social change; dispel cultural stereotypes; build opportunities for people to define their own history and culture; create a public space where people can come together to discuss their concerns; and find common ground and pursue solutions.
To learn more about AMI and Appalshop call Kate Fowler, at 606.633.0108.
AMI requirements are minimal. Simply, interns must be between ages 14 and 22 and capable of behaving, thriving, and interacting in a diverse and professional environment with a mature attitude. Prior experience with media is neither expected, nor required – only a creative mindset with a willingness to learn and do the work.
The program will from October 25th through November 19th, 2016. During this time we will be meeting after school Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Occasionally, we will utilize days with team-building exercises devoted to activities or field trips. As with any other professional environment, evening work may be required to meet a production deadline. Because the Institute will demand your time and focus, other commitments during the week must be secondary to the program – including, but not limited to, other jobs, sports, classes, vacations, et cetera.
Because AMI serves as a positive model for young people in the community, interns will not be allowed to use tobacco products, consume alcohol, or take unauthorized drugs on the premises of Appalshop or while you are working as an intern in the community.
Appalshop and AMI do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender identity, sexual preference, or disability. Interns will be held to the same standard.
AMI interns are considered employees and representatives of Appalshop. Failure to adhere to AMI/Appalshop policies or expectations may result in suspension of pay or dismissal from the program.
If you have any questions or require further clarification, feel free to contact Kate Fowler via email ([email protected]) or phone (606.633.0108).