What is your America? What do you hope it could be? My America is an invitation for Minnesotans to share how each of us experience our nation. Stories from across the state will be performed live on stage and broadcast across the radio to inspire a more loving, inclusive America. We invite you to claim your whole self–your history, your specificity, and your identity–in service of creating a diverse and beautiful portrait of our country. Written submissions from the public will be accepted online and reviewed by a panel of playwrights, authors, journalists, and activist artists. Finalists will work closely with our artists-in-residence to workshop their narratives as they prepare to take center stage and will receive a $200 cash prize. Penumbra will share these inspiring stories at Let’s Talk: My America in March 2018.
The deadline to submit your story is November 17, 2017.
Penumbra Theatre’s My America is sponsored by MPR News and supported in part by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge funds ideas that engage and enrich St. Paul through the arts.
“Summer Institute gave me a purpose as a woman and person of color to share my personal experience without oppression and judgement.”
—Rahila Coats, Summer Institute Alumna