Turn Your Life Into A Play! at the Publick Playhouse, May 15, Online

Turn Your Life Into A Play! at the Publick Playhouse, May 15

Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation, Online

Playback Theater: Turn Your Life Into A Play!

Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 5:00 to 6:30pm

Prince George’s Publick Playhouse, Online

Come play with us! Enter the world of Playback Theater where your personal story is magically transformed into a work of art before your eyes. Watch as masterful actors take real-life stories and turn them into mini-plays in real time. Don’t miss this exhilarating and moving medium of storytelling where life is imitated by art. No experience needed. Sign up today and bring a story to share.

Community Healing Theater Workshop – Virtual – 316003

Let’s talk it out! Join us for a series of theater workshops designed to promote community healing. Learn, listen, and get on the road to recovery through creative dialogue on community issues. Theater can be therapeutic as it brings in various perspectives and lifts to your spirit.

Let’s talk it out! Join us for a series of theater workshops designed to promote community healing. Learn, listen, and get on the road to recovery through creative dialogue on community issues. Theater can be therapeutic as it brings in various perspectives and lifts to your spirit.

A link to access the interactive performance on the Microsoft Teams Platform will be shared following registration.

For Ages 18 and Up

Free, registration required. Click here.

Register for Summer Camps

Register for Summer Camps

Prince George’s County classes:

Click here and enter keyword “theatre” and “theater”. All classes are online.

Senior Theater – Virtual, Ages 60+, Thursdays, June 17 – July 22, 2021
Virtual Clubhouse: Musical Theater, Teen, Ages 12-15, July 19-30, 2021
Virtual Clubhouse: Songwriter, Teen, Ages 12-15, August 2-13, 2021
Virtual Clubhouse: Vocal, Teen, Ages 12-15, July 5-9, 2021
Virtual Clubhouse: Theatre, Teen, Ages 12-15, August 2-6, 2021
Virtual Clubhouse: Musical Theater, Children, Ages 8-11, July 5- 16, 2021
Virtual Clubhouse: Vocal, Children, Ages 8-11, July 12-16, 2021
Virtual Clubhouse: Theatre, Children, Ages 6-10, July 19-23, 2021
Virtual Clubhouse: Theatre, Children, Ages 8-11, July 26-30, 2021
Virtual Clubhouse: Theatre, Children, Ages 6-10, August 9-13, 2021


City of Greenbelt Recreation Department

Click here for the 2021 Summer Camp Brochure. Camps include combinations or choice of virtual and/or in-person participation. Registration begins April 19 (residents) or May 3 (non-residents.)

Creative Kids Camp at Home, Ages 6-12, biweekly, June 21 – August 13
Creative Kids Camp at the Community Center, Ages 6-12, biweekly, June 21 – August 13
Camp Encore, Ages 13-17, Much Ado about Nothing, June 21 – July 9
Camp Encore, Ages 13-17, Twelfth Night, July 19 – August 6


Hey White Girl at Joe’s Movement Emporium, May 8, In Person

Hey White Girl at Joe’s Movement Emporium, May 8, In Person

On Stage at Joe’s presents
Hey White Girl
Saturday May 8, 2021, at 7 pm

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium.

In the original form, our answer to “What do we want to achieve?” remains: An honest, vulnerable dialogue based on our collective willingness to listen across racial divides based on the shared experience of witnessing the performance.

As such, how we frame the conversation in performance can and should be rooted in the most relevant conversation for the community – which will impact the title. The current title, “Hey White Girl” came about organically as a subversive use of the phrase – my original collaborator, Greer Reed, uses the term affectionately with me; and she taught me the emergent strategy of “calling in” vs. “calling out”. It evolved with the version with Tuyet and I; and, I am excited to follow the work where it leads now. As such the description from our application may still be sound – with tweaks to the title as we decide on topic:

A duet between Americans dancing across the racial divide. They have come to the table, but now what? Featuring poetry and movement by Tuyet Pham and Kelly King. Hey White Girl is part of “Awkward Conversations” – A series of artistic interventions to help groups and individuals practice having difficult conversations. The audience is invited to participate in an Awkward Conversation following the performance.

An aside, I have lived in DC since 1998 (now in Brookland). I have seen the waves of gentrification – and have been tossed about the city as I was priced out of housing. We are all in the midst of the greatest trauma of a century with the pandemic. We are also in the greatest science experiment none of us signed up for with how zoom and other video technologies will impact our brains/bodies/and development. There are many, many topics we could (and should) explore. As a parent of three children, the inequalities in education right now (online access + curriculum) is staggering. Not to mention food and housing insecurity for the DMV. I say this to open us to the possibilities of topic. However, I think listening across racial divides is paramount to this work – as that is root genesis of the entire project. And, going deeper into my personal philosophy: I am here for love. My work is rooted in love-based activism: I set the table with love – it is what is served, shared, and generated by my work. I am rooted in the writings of adrienne marie brown, rev angel kyodo williams, and bell hooks for context on liberatory, love based activism.

Masks are required for this in-person event.

Tickets $20 General Admission; $10 Seniors, Veterans, Under 16. Click here.

Vital Signs Spring 2021 Showcase at Clarice Smith, May 3, Online

Vital Signs Spring 2021 Showcase at Clarice Smith, May 3, Online

Vital Signs Spring 2021 Showcase
Monday, May 3, 2021 . 7PM EDT

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Online

In an effort to support student voice and action related to the Black Lives Matter movement, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the UMD Office of Diversity and Inclusion and UMD Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy in partnership with Black Terps Matter announced Vital Signs: Creative Arts for Black Lives Mini-Grants. During the 20-21 academic year, grants have been awarded to artists in the UMD community who are creating projects that affirm Black life and vitality and interrogate white supremacy and anti-Blackness.

During this showcase, members of the Spring 2021 Vital Signs cohort will present excerpts of their projects in progress and discuss the intersection of their personal experiences with their art.

Anthony Aguilar ’21 • Art History and Archaeology: a digital reconstruction of the Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence in downtown Washington, D.C.

David Alade ’21 • Information Science: a mini-magazine of film photography that focuses on displaying the intimacy and beauty of Black hair

Lauren Floyd ’24 • Music Performance–Percussion: Shadows of Lakeland, a vignette-style piece that musically delves into the rich history of Lakeland, the historic African American community of College Park, Maryland

Aliyah Jackson ’21 • Theatre and Psychology: a short film about a Black woman who refutes the concept of being “a slave.” This film is being made to celebrate the prideful history of the Black American by capturing the strength, beauty, and regality of individuals of African descent.

Chisom Ojukwu ’21 • Public Health Science: a summer-long virtual art tutoring session for BIPOC youth. Her goal is to connect one-on-one with young students and inspire them to explore the concept of identity through the endless possibilities of the visual arts.

Tickets: Free; Registration recommended. Click here.

Free Play Series Toward an Antiracist Tomorrow by Eleanor Roosevelt High School and Greenbelt Arts Center, May 1 & 2, Online

Free Play Series Toward an Antiracist Tomorrow by Eleanor Roosevelt High School and Greenbelt Arts Center, May 1 & 2, Online

Eleanor Roosevelt High School students Mecca Lartigue and Anya Wilkinson, in association with the Greenbelt Arts Center present:

a series of FREE PLAYS toward an ANTIRACIST TOMORROW
by idris goodwin
directed by andi fontaine, rikki howie, danya ford, kate magill and niya john

Performance DATES: May 1 – 2, 2021
Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7pm
Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 3pm
Discussion to follow each show

FREE PLAY Series by Idris Goodwin

Produced by Eleanor Roosevelt High School students Mecca Lartigue and Anya Wilkinson in association with Greenbelt Arts Center, Online.

THE WATER GUN SONG
finds a parent trying to find the words to explain to a child why a water gun isn’t simply a toy
Directed by Niya John

#MATTER
is a two hander about former high school friends debating matters of life and race.
Directed by Andi Fontaine

BLACK FLAG
finds two new dorm-mates excited to start their freshman year together, until one decides to decorate their room with a little piece of ‘Southern pride.’
Directed by DaNya Ford

Click here for more information.