Summer Institute is learning experience for parents too! At Penumbra we directly confront difficult issues such as race and identity. We do not tell our students what to think; instead, we help them develop tools to practice critical thinking. We believe that our role is to present material for student consideration and to help young people articulate their positions about various issues.
We encourage students to acknowledge and celebrate difference, and in so doing combat a very serious pressure common amongst teenagers to fit in. We believe that when we acknowledge difference, we celebrate humanity. Theatre affords us a unique opportunity to begin that practice.
As your child explores his or her identity in relation to various stereotypes, he or she will likely come home with challenging questions. For over three decades Penumbra Theatre has been known as a safe place to explore racism and its social consequences. We offer parents practical tools to keep the classroom dialogue going at home.
We couldn’t have been more pleased with the program. Our son completed Summer Institute with more inner strength and confidence. He found a community where he belonged.
I can honestly say it is the best program we have ever enrolled our child in. The intensity, focus and scope matched his needs, desires and maturity so well that it was easily the highlight of his summer. And it has so much substance it will influence his thinking/actions for years.
This is our 3rd year and it has made a big difference in our son’s life. He is so much more aware of things in the theatre community. He loves the other students. He loves the classes. You got him to write!
I really appreciated that my daughter could see that art does not depend on costuming and makeup and how much you can sound like “the soundtrack.” She has a unique story and she got to share that story and assimilate it into her identity through this program – thank you.
Photo Credit: Allen Weeks
SUPPORT THE ART YOU LOVE!
For over four decades Penumbra Theatre has been a beacon welcoming everyone in our community to open their hearts and minds to be nourished by the unique power of theatre. Stand with us to sustain the art you love and grow its impact.
$50 Can give a week of healthy meals to one activist artist-in-training.
$100 Can underwrite two tickets to a performance so that price is never a barrier to great art.
$250 Can provide access for one person to attend every single event this season.
$500 Can subsidize Summer Institute tuition costs for one teen
A donation in any amount helps to sustain our company and grow our impact in the community. Donate online or by calling 651.224.3180 today.
“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