A great article about Ign!te the M!c by Springfield College student Kathleen Morris. Don't miss it:
Teatro V!da (originally begun with the support of the Latino Breakfast Club) has been enriching the cultural and educational landscape of Springfield, MA and the region since 2007. Currently, our primary support comes from the generosity of volunteers and in-kind donations of space, equipment, venue and expertise. We learned that grant writing takes time and energy we would rather spend doing the work we love. So, we volunteer and count on donations from those who believe in what we do.
Our intergenerational performances have reached well over 250,000 people over the years via stage, radio, internet, video, print, audio and visual productions. In addition to our theater productions, our youth members have been guest lecturers and performers at colleges and universities that include: Lasell College; Westfield University; Holyoke Community College and the University of Connecticut, Storrs among others. Our members have gone on to study at Harvard; Saint Peter's College; University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth; Goddard College; Westfield State University; University without Walls at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Springfield Technical Community College; Holyoke Community College; Baypath University; Syracuse University; among others.
Our open mic series Ign!te the M!c, by youth for youth, hosted collaboration with the Bing Arts Center, is held every last Wednesday of the month, creating venue for artists of all disciplines ages 12-25.
We are currently working on a new project staging poetry with live music and dance with our Ferocious Women ensemble, comprised of women community leaders of all ages.
We are excited to see so many of our members, former and present, graduating from college, starting their own businesses, doing what they love, raising families and remaining active in the betterment of their communities.