Theater Group

My Voice Theatre

My Voice Theatre is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), in partnership with the City Council; by the New York State Council On The Arts (NYSCA), with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and NYS Offices of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).
For students between the ages of 12 and 19.

School Year Hours

The group meets twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday (4:30 pm to 6:00 pm), and a serious commitment to the group is essential for participation.

Summer Hours

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday-10:30 am to 5:30 pm, and Tuesday 10:30 am to 6:30 pm.

Location

RiseBoro Youth Center
1474 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11237
T: (718) 381-9653

Services

Founded in 1996, My Voice Theatre (MVT) is an issues-based, youth theatre company which allows participants to work through and express their feelings about some hard-hitting life issues. The overall goal is to break the codes of silence that too often surround such issues within our community and culture. The company strives to effect positive change in the lives of its members as well as in the lives of others through its theatrical performances. Company participants learn to express their thoughts and ideas in verbal and written form and create performances for the general public.

MVT has two components, a 6 week summer intensive, and a school year after school program.

MVT's SCHOOL YEAR COMPANY is made up of 12-20 youth, ages 12-19, who express an interest in acting and come in to audition for the program. Rehearsals are for an hour and a half twice a week, September-June. During the year the participants received training in improvisation, speech, projection, stage direction, motivation, character development, and performance. They also received education and life skills training which enabled them to write and perform scenes and monologues based on their experiences of living and surviving in Bushwick. The company meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm.

MVT's SUMMER INTENSIVE is a 25 hour a week, 6 week theatre intensive, where 12-15 young people, ages 16-24, come together to create and perform a show of original work for the general public, which is performed during the last week of the program. It runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, and Tuesdays 10:30 am to 6:30 pm.

HISTORY

My Voice Theatre (MVT) is an issues-based youth theater company founded in 1996.  The company has performed for thousands of local community residents at RiseBoro's Youth Center, and civilian and government officials at the Brooklyn Family Court, and at the Supreme Court of New York City.  Governor Pataki, and Department of Education Chancellor Klein have been in attendance at MVT performances. Each year MVT performs at the annual RiseBoro Community Partnership's Youth Day and Street Fairs. They have also performed at the North Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence Graduation and have appeared on "In The Know" on Brooklyn Community Access Television, "The Artists Forum" on MNNTV in Manhattan, as well as on "UTV Live" in Ireland. Since 2000, MVT has traveled and performed abroad in Liverpool, England, and Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. Recent works include the plays "I AM…" and "The Family That Drinks Together". See the MVT YouTube channel for performance videos.

HIGHLIGHTS

Because of their commitment to social change through the arts, My Voice Theatre Company was the only group from the United States invited to an International Youth Theatre Festival in Liverpool, England in August 2000. They were invited back in 2001 to work in collaboration with the "Links" and "Children for Peace" Youth Festivals in Liverpool and Warrington England. In 2002 they worked on their next international project which was held in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. This project was for the European Year of Languages and brought together 6 groups from Ireland and Spain who developed theatrical presentations on the theme of communication. They were invited to return to Enniskillen in 2003 to perform for, and work alongside, several organizations who work with disenfranchised and challenged youth and adults in both Northern and Southern Ireland.

 
In the Community
for Good