We believe that theater provides a platform for teens to learn, find their voice, create, and be heard.
A.R.T. develops programs like Proclamation for teens to connect to their creativity, power, and each other through mentorship, theater skill-building, and self-expression.
What is Proclamation?
Proclamation is, basically, a group of high school juniors and seniors who get together after school at the theater; talk about the world with Harvard professors and A.R.T. artists; invent a mind-exploding club theater show; bask in the glory of their adoring fans; give each other the most massive, epic hugs (the squeeze-the-life-out-of-you kind); and promise they’ll never let go of this feeling: that you made something important and real, together.
That’s Proclamation. (Basically).
It’s eight weeks, three days a week, three and a half hours a day. We don’t audition for Proclamation, just informal one-on-one interviews. Whether you get invited to join the ensemble or not, we give everyone who applies the same fair shot.
Each year, Proclamation starts with a flashpoint: a current social or political event; book, essay or article; recent controversy; or work of art that ignites our investigation—which ultimately develops into an original devised theater piece written and performed by the ensemble.
We treat everyone in Proclamation like a professional. This means everyone gets paid for their work, writing, and performing at the A.R.T.
P.S.: No theater experience required.
Applications Now Open for Proclamation 6 (Fall 2018)
The program will run for eight weeks September – November (dates TBD).
Rehearsal will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 4 – 7:30PM.
Two final performances will take place in November (dates and times TBD)