Young Jamaicans to Participate in Theatre Workshop in New York City, March 20th – 25th, 2014

Three young Jamaicans will have the unique opportunity of participating in a week-long cross cultural Sustainable Theatre Workshop organized by the RuJohn Foundation from March 20 to 25 in New York City. This has been made possible through the assistance of the RuJohn Foundation, the United Nations and the Office of the Prime Minister.

Kaleb D’Aguilar from Ardenne High School, Davia Blake from St. Andrew’s High and Kingston College’s Jovaughn Vanriel will leave the island on Wednesday (March 19) to participate in the workshop along with other Haitian, Senegalese and African-American students. The workshop is designed to give the participants the skills to understand basic playwriting structure, reproduce a basic play-making model in addition to writing and performing their original works.

The Workshop will be held at the African Burial Ground in New York City and will culminate on March 25 with a performance to commemorate the International Day for the Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Kaleb who is an upper sixth form student studying anthropology and film at Ardenne High noted that he is excited at the opportunity to gain further insight into theatre and film and will definitely be sharing what he will learn with the members of his Drama Club. The film student said his passion for the performing and literary arts propelled him to participate in several of the speech and drama festivals organized by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission.