FIND YOUR VOICE was our theme for Summer 2013. In theatre workshops, we explore vocal exercises and activities inspired by Cicely Berry (Voice teacher with the Royal Shakespeare Company). The first field trip was to Motown: The Musical where we learned how Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, mentored and guided young artists like Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson to find their own voices. BYC was inspired not only by the Punk Rock- inspired clothing at the Met Museum’s Costume Institute, but also the punk ethos of rebellion against conformity. This idea of struggling to find your own voice when societal and familial expectations are at odds influenced the conflicts and characters of our playwriting. Also, Help Me to Make It by Collaboration Town inspired the non-linear structure of our play. The final script Louder! explores a young musician who is expected to run the family restaurant and a young woman too timid to follow her dreams among other stories.
In Scene Five, the story of three best friends who started their own theatre company is told in reverse chronological order.
Motown: The Musical at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Help Me to Make It at New Ohio Theatre
Punk: Chaos to Couture at Metropolitan Museum of Art- The Costume Institute
Broadway at Bryant Park
Drama Book Shop
Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui at Brooklyn Museum
James Turrell at Guggenheim Museum (Interns only)
Fort Greene Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park