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SPARK Pre-Conference 2020
2020 SPARK Pre-Conference
January 21, 2020
IPAY & TYA/USA present
2020 Spark: Hear Them Roar!
Pre-Conference to IPAY Showcase

8–8pm SPARK Pre-Conference & IPAY Showcase Registration

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - 3rd Floor
Welcome and Land Acknowledgement

IPAY and TYA/USA (Boomer Stacey and Jonathan Shmidt Chapman)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Aria

Keynote Presentation: Young People Exploring the Political Moment on Stage

Cry Havoc Theater Company, Dallas, TX (USA)
Mara Richard Bim, Artistic Director, and Cry Havoc Young Artists; Leonela Arguello, Rodrigo Fuentes, Angie Hogue, Larsen Nichols, Landon Robinson (USA)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Aria
Plenary Panel: A Global Conversation on Youth-Responsive Artistic Practice

Mara Richards Bim and Teen Artists from Cry Havoc (USA)
Una NicEion, Executive Producer, Prime Cut Productions (North Ireland) [Showcase Artist, Removed]
Tina Fance, Artistic Producer, Mammalian Diving Reflex (CAN)
Lisa Nelson-Haynes, Executive Director, Philadelphia Young Playwrights (USA)
Jeremy Miller, Executive Director, Monkey Baa Theatre Company (AUS)

Moderated by Edie Demas, Arts Consultant (USA)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Concerto
Unpacking the Practicalities of Youth Inclusion

Aideen Howard, Director of The Ark (Ireland)

Henrik Kohler, CEO of TeaterCentrum (Denmark)

Allie Vanyur, Programs Manager, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (USA)

Moderated by Sierra Rhoades Nicholls, circus artist, Circadium School of Contemporary Circus (USA)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Concerto
Cry Havoc Artistic Workshop

Mara Richards Bim and Cry Havoc

[limited capacity /
sign-up required]

 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Maestro
Our children are powerful: Indigenous resistance, resilience, and survival

Tailinh Agoyo, co-founder and director of We Are the Seeds of CultureTrust (Narragansett)

Cassie Rose Mitchell, artist, activist (Modoc/Klamath)

Tchin, folklorist, fine artist, educator (Narragansett)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel -Orchestra
1–2:15pm Lunch on Your Own
Keynote Presentation from Idris Goodwin
Playwright and Artistic Director, Stage One Family Theater

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Aria

Making Space for Young Voices

Pernille Welent Sørensen, Consultant for TeaterCentrum, Ph.d student (Denmark)

Aideen Howard, Director of The Ark (Ireland)

Anissa Weinraub, Public School Educator at Academy at Palumbo, Theatre Artist and Activist (USA)

Michael O’Bryan, Director of Learning at The Village of Arts and Humanities (USA)

Courtney J. Boddie, Director of Education/School Engagement at New Victory Theater (USA)

Moderated by Nell Bang-Jensen, Artistic Director, Theatre Horizon (USA)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel -Orchestra

Cultivating Teen Audiences by Honoring Diverse Teen Voices

Kelsey Ford, Program Manager Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (USA)

Kacen Callender, Young Adult Author (USA)

Idris Goodwin, Playwright, (USA)

Moderated by Jacqueline Handy, Programming Manager at Lincoln Center (USA)


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Concerto 
Curious Seed Artistic Workshop

Christine Devaney of Curious Seed, joined by Hendrik Lebon and Yvonne Buskie, two long term collaborators of Curious Seed

[limited capacity /
sign-up required]


 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Maestro
Plenary Panel on Youth-Led Arts and Activism in Philadelphia

Sabirah Mahmud, National Logistics Director, Youth Climate Strike (USA)
Lola Hodgins and Zena Mazahreh, Student Ambassadors, Youth Climate Strike (USA)
Emyne, music artist and producer (USA)
HeemFuQuan, music artist and producer (USA)

Moderated by Marisol Rosa-Shapiro, Theatre Artist, Director of Community Engagement Shakespeare in Clark Park (USA)

Young people will have the final word of the day, as youth artists and climate strike leaders from Philadelphia address participants on their vision for the future, and the role that art and activism can play in our next chapter.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Aria

Social Mixer at Standing O

Join IPAY and TYA/USA for drinks and casual reflection at Standing O Lounge in the DoubleTree Hotel.

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