Student Voices is a program of theatrical workshops that allow teenagers to tell their own stories and truths at five Portland area public school SUN sites at no cost to students. In workshops youth are able to collaborate, under professional artistic guidance, and express their own experiences through theatre.
The SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) community programs have been identified by Multnomah County as having a lack of resources and education opportunities.
Our program offers 100+ hours of instruction each term throughout 10-12 weeks of workshops at 5 schools, working with over 60 youth, directly.
Teaching workshops began Spring, 2018 at Jackson Middle School (PPS), Parkrose High School (DDSD), Marysville School (PPS), and with an additional Right Brain Residency with all eighth graders at Ockley Green Middle School (PPS). This fall, we have expanded additionally into Roseway Heights Middle School (PPS) and Ron Russell Middle School (DDSD).
Our instructors are professional theatre makers and primarily people of color. We believe in promoting racial equity in the arts through representation in the theatre that we create and services that we provide. It is important that our students see themselves represented on the stage and in the classroom.
The partnership established between Portland SUN Community Schools and Hand2Mouth Theatre serves to expand and enhance the extracurricular arts offerings to youth attending and living in Portland public school districts. This partnership enriches the lives of youth through the experience of creative exploration and production, providing real world experience with professional artists as a pathway to personal and professional development.
This program is open and accessible to all young people within the community of each school, with the intention of reaching youth who have previously expressed an interest in the performing arts as well as an introduction to those who are participating for the first time. This partnership provides opportunities to create original work from a technical perspective as well as a performance standpoint, meeting the participants at their level and encouraging participation that is meaningful to the broader community.
The mutual goal of this partnership between Hand2Mouth Theatre, each participating public school, and SUN is to increase community involvement through collaboration, improve skills for healthy personal development that will permeate through academia, and inspire creativity as a tool for expression and synergy.
Training & Workshops
Hand2Mouth Theatre conducts trainings and teaches workshops for all ages in Portland, OR and across the US. Please contact us for information on bringing Hand2Mouth to your school or venue.