East African Youth in Diaspora

YAMTAP: Young African Men's Theater Program

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 22:49 -- Rania

SpeakSudan is pleased to announce the launch of the first cohort of the Young African Men’s Theater Arts Program (YAMTAP).

YAMTAP is a pilot project running from November 15th 2014 to April 30th 2015. The program will provide an opportunity for Black Identifying (African, Afrodiasporic, Black Canadian, Caribbean, Latino) young men (ages 16-25) to participate in a 16 week theater program during which youth will write, create, produce and stage a theater production under the guidance of artist mentors from the community. Gaining valuable skills in play-writing, stage management, set design, event planning, performance, acting, lighting, graphic design and more. The program will engage 15-20 youth and 20 mentors in it's 32 session duration. The program culminates in a performance of the original material developed.

Our mentors include Darren Anthony (Secrets of a Black Boy), David Delisca (Spoke’n’Heard/ UNITY Charity), Natasha Adiyana Morris ( Piece of Mine Festival), Randell Adjei (RISE Poetry), Anthony Gebrehiwot (XvXy Photo/RISE), Kofi Frempong (Freedom Fridays/ Freelance Artist).


About the Program

Free, all supplies provided + food + ttc tokens
32 sessions
Located in Regent Park
Tuesday + Thursday evenings + some Saturday afternoons
Learn play-writing, creative writing, acting, stage management, directing, event planning + marketing, performance + spoken word, set and costume design
Mentoring from professional local artists
Portfolio building + professional headshots
Final production performance on a world class stage

Eligible Participants

16-25 years old
Male or Trans identifying
Black/African/Afrodiasporic identifying
Interested in the arts
Interested in creating an original theater production
Residing in the GTA
Able to commit to program sessions
No previous theater/arts experience necessary


Please see the attached poster and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

This program was made possible through generous funding from ArtReach


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