Performance Opportunities

Young Conservatory Performance Opportunities

Summer 2017


Black Butterflies
A Collaborative Youth Arts Project

by Darren Canady
Directed by Tyrone Davis

July 25–August 5
The Rueff at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater and Destiny Arts Theater, Oakland

When you’re a young girl of color caught in a stifling web of educational neglect, calcified courts, and an overwhelmed incarceration system, orange ain’t the new black—it’s a trap. Behind the scenes though, there are complicated, varied stories of girls trying to survive and escape that shadow web with their humanity, dignity, and individuality intact. This exploration of the unique effects of what we problematically call “the school-to-prison pipeline” on girls of color will reveal the community-wide collusion of parents, educators,  and litigants that has led us here . . . and what it may take to get out.

This world premiere by award-winning and nationally-recognized playwright Darren Canady combines a cast of young actors from the A.C.T. Education & Community Program, Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, and the Young Conservatory.

Tuition: Free
Beginning June 26
July 25–August 5
Grades 9–12
To schedule an audition, email or call 415.439.2444.



Book by Craig Slaight

Music and Lyrics by Creighton Irons
Directed by Domenique Lozano

August 8–19
A.C.T.’s Strand Theater

In this passionate and powerful musical, originally commissioned for the Young Conservatory, Emma
Kolmeier and her two young siblings flee from Germany to escape World War I, leaving everything they know far behind. The family settles in southern Illinois, where they make new friends—and begin to confront harsh persecution as America enters the war against Germany. Set against the backdrop of a tumultuous and riveting moment in history, Homefront tells the story of remarkable young people courageously struggling to come of age in a world rocked by conflict. As they experience the first twinges of romance and dream of the future, their lives are transformed in astonishing ways, forever redefining their understanding of home.

Tuition: $800
May 24 and 25
Rehearsals: Beginning June 26
August 8–19
Grades 9–12

To schedule an audition, email or call 415.439.2444.

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