Seattle, WA— Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT) has announced the 16 students who will serve on the theatre’s 2021 Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G) in support of the development of workshop materials for SCT’s Arts-Based Learning Program (ABL).
Throughout the school year, members will take part in trainings on artistic expression for social emotional learning, study with some of SCT’s master teaching artists in performance and poetry, and help create a marketing campaign that promotes arts practices for mental wellness.
“Members of T.A.G play a vital role in program development because they are experts in the particular experiences and challenges of adolescence. Their input ensures that we tell stories that feel truthful to the young people we serve and offer resources to support mental health that they can actually use,” says Elizabeth Coen, SCT’s ABL Program Manager, adding that students will begin their work in February of 2021.
As advisors to the creative process, T.A.G members will also collaborate with clinical psychologist, Dr. Samora Covington, professor at Highline College and specialist in community mental health. Through these sessions, each member will gain hands-on experience in producing community-based arts programming to help young people in Washington area schools and beyond.
“These students will strengthen the workshop and programming so that their peers can better overcome the stigma associated with mental health and gain tools for coping with the stress of the pandemic,” says Coen.
Supported through SCT’s partnership with Kaiser Permanente, T.A.G. is dedicated to social and emotional learning, community service and professional development with a focus on theatre arts and educational theatre.
The 2021 cohort, in alpha order: Asha Navaratnasingam (Normandy Park, Washington), Callan Barth (Seattle, Washington), Charlotte Durham (Seattle, Washington), Chloe Payton-Zindle (Seattle, Washington), Corinne Fischer (Seattle, Washington), Dominick Borges (Seattle, Washington), Ellie DeFreese (Tuscaloosa, Alabama), Giovee Roque (Seattle, Washington), Hope Allen (Tacoma, Washington), Izzy Rampersad (Seattle, Washington), Jeremiah McDonald (Clinton, Mississippi), Katie Box (Burien, Washington), Nora Leonard (Seattle, Washington), Sam Kuo (Shoreline, Washington), Sarah Sutherland-Field (Normandy Park, Washington), Sophia Beams (Kirkland, Washington).
ABL fosters learning through arts practices to support the mental health and wellness of high school students in Washington state for free. During this pandemic year Ghosted has been adapted into a virtual production that follows one day in the life of four high school students as they learn to adapt to remote learning and struggle to connect with others while still social distancing. SCT anticipates to reach more than 2,500 students and educators through 70 virtual learning sessions by May 2021. To learn more about ABL and SCT’s touring programs, visit sct.org.