Since our inception, Antaeus has always engaged in community and educational outreach. Our current flagship program is the Antaeus Odyssey Artists’ Workshop. This week, we hosted the culmination performance with the William Tell Aggeler Opportunity High School for incarcerated young men. This program offers these boys ten weeks of acting and writing exercises based on the various themes of Shakespeare’s plays. With an emphasis on ensemble building, the program invites the boys to not only find their own unique voices through their personal stories, but to trust and encourage their fellow classmates along the way.
It has been my great pleasure to serve as one of the lead teachers and dramaturg for these remarkable boys since the program began. I am proud to announce that this year we brought Odyssey to Homeboy Industries, and in January, we will be running a one-week, intensive theatre camp with Learning Works Charter School in conjunction with All Saints Church in Pasadena.
It has always been clear that these underserved young men and women need arts programs like ours, but what has been truly astonishing, is to see how much we, as busy professional artists, need them as well. As Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy always says: “If you want the margins to disappear, you must go and stand with those that live there.”
– Ann Noble
On behalf of all of us, thank you for being a part of our family. None of this would be possible without your generous support. If you believe in our arts education program, make your end-of-year gift today. If you have already donated, thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you at the theatre in 2016!