The Youth Direct Mentorship program was created by Montreal native hip-hop artist, actor and playwright Omari Newton, urban ink’s artistic director Diane Roberts and Education consultant Dr. Mia Perry. It is designed to offer youth a creative platform to free their original voices through creative collaboration. In this unique program, youth direct their artistic process to further develop their skills as storytellers & hip-hop artists
Ten youth from previous Boldskool workshops were selected to participate in this exciting artistic experience. They were paired with Vancouver’s top hip-hop mentors who supported them through their creative journey. During six intense three-hour sessions, youth received hip-hop skills & theater training and created a piece to be performed at the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall before the premier of the professional hip-hop play “Sal Capone, The Lamentable Tragedy of”.
Theatre, Mc’ing, Beatboxing, Breakdancing & Spoken Word.
May 25th & May 31st @ 12.30 pm followed by a talk-back with cast, director & playwright.
Omari Newton (Youth Director & lead artist).
Rupert Common, Kia Kadiri, Ronnie Harris, Soren Hodne & Mutya Macatumpag.
Youth Direct takes off at the Burnaby Youth Custody Service Centre:
Five former Boldskool youth received an invitation to participate in the Youth Direct Program. During four intense two-hour sessions, the youth set their artistic goals and worked with their mentors to create a hip-hop theater piece to be recorded & included as part of the “Youth Direct Performance” on May 25th & 31st.
Omari Newton (Youth Direct director & lead artist)