IRL (IN REAL LIFE) will lift up performing arts for young people created by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC*), LGBTQIA+* folks, and the Disabled Community. It is imperative that touring productions created by these vibrant
artistic communities are centered, valued, and supported. As the revolutions across the world continue, it has never been more necessary to de-center whiteness and dismantle the systemic colonial structures that dominate in the
global PYA sector.
Where is the work that tells stories by, with and for these communities IN REAL LIFE? IRL will focus the spotlight on productions for young audiences that serve this mandate. Over the course of the month, IPAY will feature all productions submitted by artists who self-identify with this theme, and take a deeper look at work that is relevant to the world young people live in and the issues that matter to them. Every young person deserves to not only see themselves
on stage, but behind the scenes, in the writers' room, sitting in the director's chair, and wearing the many hats of a producer or manager.
*BIPOC- Black, Indigenous, People of Color
*LGBTQIA+ - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic, and the other queer identities that exist under this umbrella