First Program Announcement for January 21
SPARK Pre-Conference on January 21, 2020 will be a full day of inspiring artists talks, workshops, and breakout sessions in Philadelphia focused on youth-led initiatives, youth activism, artists making theatre with youth as collaborators, and values to consider when creating with young people. A ll Showcase 2020 Delegates are encouraged to attend, along with IPAY and TYA/USA Members and individuals from our community all over the world.

SPARK Pre-Conference 2020

Non-Members............... ................................. $125
IPAY Members & TYA/USA Members ............ $100
Students & First Time Artist Discount .............. $25*

SPECIAL OFFER!    *includes one complimentary day of Showcase (for First Time Attendees only) 
TYA/USA members receive a 10% discount on any Showcase conference registration with a code. Request discount code by emailing  TYA/USA

Cry Havoc Theater Company  will give the headline morning Keynote Presentation of the SPARK Pre-Conference: Hear Them Roar! co-presented with TYA/USA. Cry Havoc Founder Mara Richards Bim and Cry Havoc young artists discuss how they create work that speaks to the issues young people face today.

Idris Goodwin will be sharing an afternoon Keynote Presentation. Idris Goodwin (USA) is a Playwright, Break Beat Poet, and Artistic Director of Stage One Family Theater in Louisville, Kentucky

Kelsey Ford, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (USA) and Kacen Callender , Young Adult Author (USA) will led a breakout session on Cultivating Teen Audiences by Honoring Diverse Teen Voices and the links between teen literature and theater for young audiences. (IPAY ACCELERANT Selection)

More speakers and sessions to be announced soon!
Kelsey Ford
Idris Goodwin
Kacen Callender
Credit: Karen Almond Photography
All About Exhibit Hall: Monday Nov 18, 1pm EST
All About Exhibit Hall Webinar Presenters Announced! IPAY Staff will be joined by three Members with many years of Exhibit Hall experience.

Jim Weiner, Boat Rocker Entertainment
Jessica Abdallah, Geordie Productions
Laura Maness, Popejoy Hall

Free for IPAY Members | $15 for Non-Members

Are you considering the benefits of booking an Exhibit Booth at Showcase 2020? Have you already reserved one - but you're wondering what to do next? Purchasing an Exhibit Booth can feel like a daunting commitment! On this webinar, IPAY Staff and Members will demystify the the Exhibit Booth process. We'll cover all the nuts and bolts from booking your booth, to setting up your signage, reserving power cords, swag and give-aways, to best practices of the industry. Bring your questions and learn the ins-and-outs of IPAY's Showcase Exhibition Hall before the big day.

All participants must register at least 12 hours before the scheduled webinar to receive call-in instructions for Zoom , our video conferencing platform.
Thank you to our Showcase Sponsors!
We're thrilled to announce the first 2020 Showcase Sponsors representing the United States, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Finland, and Chile. Their generous support is vital to your annual Showcase experience.

2020 Showcase Sponsorships provide companies with exposure to interested partners from around the world, and support a conference that enriches the lives of millions of young people with performing arts experiences.

There are still a few highly visible Sponsorships available, including Exhibit Hall Wine and Cheese, Membership Meeting, Late Night Showcase Lounges and performance venues.

Highlighted Mobile App Advertising is also still available for only $500, along with one-time Mobile Ads for only $200.

Browse available opportunities , and contact info@ipayweb.org to discuss your Sponsorship today.
2020 Artist Highlight

I Wish I Was a Mountain , Written and Performed by Toby Thompson

The egg in association with Travelling Light

Country: United Kingdom

Commissioned by Imaginate and Brighton Dome, supported by Theatr Iolo, Created by the egg Incubator

On the day of the famous annual fair, the town of Faldum receives an unexpected visitor who offers to grant anyone’s wish. Before long, mansions stand where mud huts once squatted, beggars ride around in horse drawn carriages, and one man wishes to be turned into a mountain.

Written and performed by former Glastonbury Poetry Slam Champion Toby Thompson, I Wish I was a Mountain uses rhyme, live music, and just a smattering of metaphysical philosophy to boldly reimagine Herman Hesse’s classic fairytale. Do we really need the things that we need? What do mountains feel? How did time begin?
Age Range: 7–12
Running Time: 40 to 50 minutes
Artist Website: www.theatreroyal.org.uk

Contact: Jim Weiner
Company: Boat Rocker Entertainment
Phone: 1-646-220-6730


Meena's Dream

Anu Yadav

Country: United States

Meena’s Dream follows a South Asian girl using her imagination to fight her reality; her mother's chronic illness and the medicine they cannot afford. This fantastical take on healthcare as a pressing need, is shown through the eyes of a child wrestling with faith, and dreaming of a world where everyone has enough.
Age Range: 8+
Running Time: 50 minutes
Audience Size: Up to 600
Artist Website: www.anuyadav.com

Contact: Anu Yadav, Artist
Company: Bare Stage Productions
Phone: 1-202-253-3056

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