A.C.T. Brings Theater to Ida B. Wells High School
Posted by Cait Robinson, Publications Fellow
|Ida B. Wells classroom teacher Jessie Lindquist and A.C.T. Resident Artist Tyrone Davis congratulate students on their performances. Photo by Dan Rubin.|
For the past quarter, A.C.T. Resident Artist Tyrone Davis has been meeting with three Ida B. Wells classes twice a week to teach acting and writing. The students read Homer’s Odyssey and Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun in class, then attended a production of Derek Walcott’s Caribbean interpretation of The Odyssey performed by A.C.T.’s second-year Master of Fine Arts Program students. Under Davis’s guidance, they each wrote a monologue inspired by a theme they selected from The Odyssey: beauty, betrayal, trust, love, greed, disappointment in family and friends who have let them down. Last week, they performed their monologues for their schoolmates and teachers in their classroom and onstage in the school’s cafetorium.
|Ida B. Wells student Henok Taddesse performs onstage in the school’s cafetorium. Photo by Dan Rubin.|
|Ida B. Wells students take a group bow with A.C.T. Resident Artist Tyrone Davis (far right). Photo by Dan Rubin.|