Arts Mentorship Program

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AMPlifying Careers for BIPOC Youth​

TADA! Youth Theater’s new Arts Mentorship Program (AMP) is here to AMPlify the need for our BIPOC youth to feel informed of and welcome into non-performing theater careers.

At the heart of TADA! is the Resident Youth Ensemble: a unique, award-winning, completely free, pre-professional theater training and positive youth development program. The Resident Youth Ensemble of TADA (RYET) annually serves between 50-60 youth, the majority of which are BIPOC aged 8-18 that hail from all over New York City and New Jersey. Membership in RYET is by audition only. 

Through their participation in AMP, members of the Ensemble who identify as BIPOC will learn from mentors about various career opportunities through panel discussions, one-on-one meetings, and hands-on work at TADA!. Possible positions include: set design, costume design, lighting and sound design, music directing, producing/artistic directing, directing, choreography, playwriting, composing, lyric-writing, and stage managing.

This instruction and supervision will take place virtually; at TADA! during Productions, Staged Readings, Cabarets, and smaller events; and, offsite with members and their mentors (COVID permitting).

TADA!’s staff will identify and develop relationships with BIPOC theater professionals, and then match them with Ensemble Members interested in their specific fields of work.

Arts Mentorship Program - Mentors 2021

April Rozier

April Rozier

Jay Adana

Jay Adana

Luis Salgado

Luis Salgado

Elizabeth Addison

Elizabeth Addison

Julia Jordan Kamanda

Julia Jordan Kamanda

Kathy D. Harrison

Kathy D. Harrison

Simran Pal Kaur

Simran Pal Kaur

Gia Gan

Gia Gan

"What I can say at this point, is that I was blown away by the level of connection that I felt with all, and in a virtual space. The energy and sense of community were surprisingly beautiful. I am looking forward to this experience of AMP with TADA."
Kathy D. Harrison
Playwright, Songwriter, Director

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