Since 2016 we have been fortunate to work with AHS’s theater ensemble, the amazing students and their highly dedicated directors and staff. This years musical Sweet Charity explored issues of sexism misogyny and especially how young people are impacted in the systems we live in. Ward Dales, Gregory Theodore Marsh, Noelle Gentile and NCBI, are true masters of creating safe space for the students to share their own stories and experiences around the topics. Creating a performance that is not only about the story itself - it’s about everyone who has every been in a situation of toxic societal norms and for everyone else learning how to be an ally.
Arts, Letters and Numbers was invited to collaborate with Albany High School’s after school Social Justice Theatre program to witness the students in the telling of their stories and to design a single stage set that would be used for this production along with seven other student-written and performed plays as part of an annual festival. After the festival, ALN hosted the Albany students at the Mill and with Youth FX, a local non-profit film arts program, they filmed and produced a dramatization of students’ stories.
Albany Highschool Theater Ensemble's Promising Playwrights Festival 2016 was held in the Abrookin Theater in Albany. Seven student written plays was performed over the course of four days. We are very honored that Arts Letters and Numbers have been part of this journey, and we excited about what this collaborative work can bring.
Featuring four immersive rooms that dealt with bullying, loss, identity and empowerment through one's talents and strengths, the young artists wrote their own pieces; there was dance, music, costumes, lighting and even short film pieces.