CPT President Shaun Neblett addressed leading educators from across the country at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture today. As a presenter at the 360 Degrees Black History Conference, Shaun reflected on the work CPT is doing and how theater can be used to move youth to move "home-folk" and the world.
Last night boys of Newark, NJ performed a version of The Wiz that was created by CPT to suit a cast of 21 boys of color. The show was performed for families, friends and Newark "home folk" at the Bradley Theater of Rutgers University— Newark Campus. Check out more pictures in the CPT Museum.
Young brothers from The Eagle Academy of Newark created a silent movie/ video about being their Brother's Keeper. They were confronted with the question, "What are the virtues needed in order to become each your brother's keeper?" Check out their acting and camera skillz.
Brooklyn scholars Kelechi Stuart and Supreme Price have been members of CPT's drama club for 4 years. On Monday, June 23 they will take on their biggest roles ever when they perform "The Meeting," a famous American play by Jeff Stetson about an imaginary meeting between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X in a hotel in Harlem in 1965. Supreme and Kelechi's classmates and teachers are already buzzing and spreading the word about this exciting performance you should not miss. CPT Artist-in-Residence Mo Beasely directs.
Over 1,000 young people and Harlem "home-folk" have seen CPT's production of "Dr. Martin Luther King's Letter From a Birmingham Jail." A revival of the show, which premiered in Harlem in October 2013, ran @ The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture from February 10 - 15 for New York City public school students and the community. Feedback was amazing. Check out more pictures in the CPT Museum and a clip in the CPT-TV section.
Changing Perceptions is VERY excited to launch its fresh and original public speaking initiative, SpeakUrMind.net. Through this online interface, students from different communities we service record and view each other's speeches. Funding for SpeakUrMind.net is provided by Harlem Arts Alliance and Former Mayor Bloomberg's Expanded Success Initiative.
Let our first post be a moment for Amiri Barka, who transitioned in the midst of CPT taking on his charge to be total and complete artists for the people. He's forever in the CPT ether. Like Baraka, CPT unflinchingly loves and devoutly honors our "home-folk." We promise to always punch, question and make rhythms like the rhythms Amiri Baraka made for our homeboys and our homegirls and time. May his will to be exist through CPT. Lights up on www.cptheater.com.