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Conference, Shaun reflected on the work CPT is doing and how theater can be used to enhance youth's connections to historical documents.
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 at Bradley Theater @ the Newark campus of Rutger's University for families, friends and the community. 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 other's 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 1965 in a hotel in Harlem. Supreme and Kelechi's classmates and teachers are already buzzing and spreading the word about this exciting performance you do not want to miss. CPT artist-in-residence Mo Beasely directs.
Over 1,000 young people and community members 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 2014, ran @ The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture from February 10 - 15 for New York City public school students and the community. Check out more pictures in the CPT Museum.
A reading of Homage 2: The Great Adventures of Slick Rick was presented @ The National Black Theater (NBT) in Harlem last night as part of NBT's "Keep Soul Alive" reading series. Homage 2: TGASR is the prequel to Homage 3: Illmatic, which Changing Perceptions fully produced Off-Broadway in 2012. Last night's reading was well received, featured a dynamic cast and gives us hope for a future production. Check out more pictures in the CPT Museum.
Changing Perceptions is VERY excited to launch its fresh and original public speaking initiative, SpeakUrMind.net. Through this online interface, students from different the communities we service record and view each other's speeches. Funding for SpeakUrMind.net was provided by Harlem Arts Alliance and Former Mayor Bloomberg's Expanded Success Initiative.