IRL will take a look at performing arts for young folks that actually serves their needs and that is relevant to the world they live in. As the revolutions across the world continue, it has never been more necessary to take a look at and decenter whiteness in the PYA sector. It is imperative we create more space for BIPOC* and LGBTQIA+ performance work. A recent study in California showed 71% of young people under the age of 18 identify as queer and 27% identified as non-binary or not aligning with the gender they were assigned at birth. Where is the work that tells these stories and supports artists from these communities IN REAL LIFE? IRL will focus the spotlight on productions for young audiences that serve this mandate.
Every young person deserves to see themselves on stage.
*BIPOC- Black, Indigenous, People of Color
*LGBTQIA+- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic, and the other queer identities that exist under this umbrella