Dear IPAY friends,
In the last newsletter we sent you, I included this classic photo of Colleen Toohey Porter, a deeply loved and celebrated IPAY board member, Showcase host, and influential leader of our community. We honor her memory every year by providing residencies to early career artists making work for young audiences. Colleen's passion lives on through this program, and our future is brighter because of her.
While I did not have the privilege to know Colleen personally, I have always been stuck by the warmth and generosity that emanates from this image above, where Colleen presents Puppet State Theatre of Scotland with the 2009 Victor Award at Playhouse Square in Cleveland for their production of The Man Who Planted Trees.
Now 10 years later, I find myself in Toronto, celebrating all the wonderful Showcase Artists touring their work to young audiences across North America, when I discover that this very show is on at the Toronto Center for the Arts as part of Uptown International Children's Festival. I'll be seeing it this weekend alongside a room full of young people experiencing the delight of this live performance. In this serendipitous moment, I can't help but marvel at the connectedness of our mighty community, which stretches across continents, and shares one powerful mission: to bring live art into the life of every young person.
Just last week, IPAY Managing Director, TJ Alladin, and I attended TYA/USA's Festival & Conference. It was thrilling to see recent Showcase Artists and IPAY members receiving opportunities to perform or present about their work in the United States. Included in the program was BRUSH Theatre's YAO YAO, Peut-être Theatre's Shh...Bang!, and two companion productions from The Paper Boats platform, Especially on Birthdays and Gimme Please!, along with a work in progress from UT Austin, The Magic Box.
If you were in attendance, you may have heard this exciting news:
We are proud to announce that we will be partnering with TYA/USA again this year for our SPARK Pre-Conference on January 21, 2020 in Philadelphia!
Following the success of our collaboration in 2018, we are really looking forward to the outcome of another creative cross-pollination between the fields of theatre, dance, circus, and interdisciplinary performance for young people!
As festival season rolls forward, we encourage you to send us a note about any touring engagements for previous Showcase and Spotlight productions! We love to highlight your success on our
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Lastly, as we reflect on the impact of our work, and the undeniable power of relationship building, we are happy to share our 2018 Annual Report with you, prepared by TJ, our Managing Director and data aficionado!
Thank you for making, producing, and presenting performing arts for young people.
Thank you for forwarding our collective mission.
IPAY Engagement Manager