ACT Theatre’s Ramayana’s Youth Ensemble

Now HERE is an unusual summer theatre opportunity, from our friends at ACT Theatre:

Calling all young people between the ages of 14 and 19, ACT has an amazing FREE opportunity for you this summer. If you love theatre and want to learn more about South and Southeast Asian performance, apply to become a part of the Ramayana Youth Ensemble.
What is the Ramayana Youth Ensemble?
20 performers ages 14-19 will form ACT's Ramayana Youth Ensemble. Working under the guidance of expert teaching artists, the ensemble will weave live music, puppetry, and dance together to create a 30-45 minute one-act performance piece that will present a new look at an epic ancient Asian tale called the Ramayana.

The original one-act created by the ensemble will perform at ACT and will tour to several other community venues in the Seattle area!

Kristina Sutherland, ACT's Director of Education will lead the ensemble. Guest teaching artists, who specialize in South and Southeast Asian arts, will teach workshops in music, dance, story-telling, and puppetry. Ramayana Youth Ensemble members will work together to devise the final performance piece.

When will the Ramayana Youth Ensemble rehearse and perform? What's the commitment?
The Ramayana Youth Ensemble begins July 5th and ends September 16th.

Rehearsals start July 5th at ACT. July rehearsals will be twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm. Starting August 6th rehearsals will increase to four times a week from 3pm to 5pm, Monday through Thursday.

Performances will take place during in the 1st two weeks of September. We will conclude the program with a performance at ACT on the evening of September 16th.
A complete performance schedule will be posted no later than June 15th.

How can I get involved?
Download the application here!

Please e-mail applications to Kristina Sutherland at:
Subject: Ramayana Youth Ensemble Application


Mail application to:
ACT Theatre
ATTN: Kristina Sutherland
700 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101

Email application preferred. Applications are due before June 1st. Applicants are encouraged to apply in advance of the June 1st deadline. If a finalist, we will contact you for a short interview in early June.

Want more information or have questions?
Contact Kristina Sutherland, Director of Education by phone: (206) 292-7660 Ext. 1338 or by email:
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