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Culture Crew 2019 PIlot
 CultureCrew Pilot at Showcase 2020

Members of IPAY are creating, producing, promoting and touring performances for young audiences all over the world. We come together annually in January to see new shows, share best practices, program our seasons, and build the future of performance for youth together. This year, IPAY will begin the critical work of making space and giving voice to those we make art for - young people!

Inspired by Teatercentrum's KulturCrew program in Denmark, members of IPAY’s CultureCrew Pilot will see live performances at Showcase 2020, engage in conversations with international arts professionals, and help envision ways for young people to be part of IPAY’s future! IPAY is thrilled to offer CultureCrew for the first time as an opportunity for young people in the greater Philadelphia area to learn about international arts and culture, gain leadership and critical thinking skills, and build their capacities as entrepreneurial thinkers.

Photos courtesy of Cedarbrook Middle School

With sponsorship from Holden & Arts Associates, we’ve been able to invite three community partners from the greater Philadelphia area to pilot CultureCrew with us! Approximately 30 young people, ages 12-18, will travel from high schools all over Philadelphia and from Cedarbrook Middle School in Cheltenham School District to participate in the first year of CultureCrew.

Culture Crew Members will:

  • Express their voice
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Network with professional artists
  • Attend world-class live performances for free
  • Help design after school activities based on their experiences
  • And the whole program is free!

What Happens When You’re Part of the Crew:

CultureCrew members are invited to attend two of the international performances at IPAY’s conference at the Suzanne Roberts Theater on the Avenue of the Arts. These performances include pre-show theatrical workshops hosted by a professional teaching artist, and a post-show dinner/lunch with international art makers. Below you'll find more information about the two productions CultureCrew will see:

Chalk About by Curious Seed from Scotland

Thursday, January 23rd, 4:30-7:30

Meet at the Suzanne Roberts Theater
Pre-show workshop at 4:30pm
Performance at 5:30pm followed by dinner post-show conversation


Commanding Space: The Rise of Annie Easley and the Centaur Rocket
 by Syracuse Stage from New York 

Saturday, January 25th, 12:00pm-3:00pm
Meet at the UArts Arts Bank Theater
Pre-show workshop at 12:00pm
Performance at 1:00pm followed by lunch and post-show conversation

CultureCrew students are also invited to additional IPAY Showcase performances from Chilé, Northern Ireland, Belgium and Canada.


Prime Cut Productions' Removed from Northern Ireland

Cas Public and Kopergietery's 9 from Canada and Belgium

La Llave Maestra's PAREIDOLIA Games to Activate the Imagination from Chile






Our Vision

We want to receive unfiltered opinions from individual young people. After participating in Showcase 2020, CultureCrew members will engage in conversation about their perspective on our event, the performing arts productions they have experienced, and how they think they could participate as creative partners in what we do.

We envision that IPAY’s Philadelphia pilot of CultureCrew will provide a framework for other organizations to adapt across the United States, centering young people themselves as critical to the arts and culture landscape of their city.

Interested in learning more about CultureCrew?

Participation in IPAY’s CultureCrew Pilot is currently invitation only through our incredible partners. If you’re interested in the future of IPAY’s CultureCrew, please contact Sam Tower, IPAY Engagement Manager, at

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1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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