Teen Ambassadors across Europe
Dialogue Community Performance
Total project grant (euros)
30 Nov 2018 - 30 Nov 2020
Number of partners in project
Segni D'infanzia Associazione Artistica E Culturale, Italy
Norsk Scenekunstbruk As, Norway
Fundacion Bancaria Caixa D'estalvisi Pensions De Barcelona La Caixa, Spain
Dialogue Community Performance, England
Teatercentrum I Danmark, Denmark
Cultuurcentrum Hasselt, Belgium
A cooperation project that aims to develop a sustainable and scalable inclusive audience engagement methodology, programming theatre for young audiences through a co-curatorial approach. The new methodology will centre around fostering a concrete and active relationship between Artistic Directors and teen spectators.
Partners of the project are Segni d’infanzia (Italy), Teatercentrum (Denmark), Norsk Scenekunstbruk AS (Norway), Cultuurcentrum Hasselt (Belgium), organizations already working in the field of young audience theatre; Caixaescena (Spain), that has experience and connection with the school system; Dialogue Community Performance (UK), that will take care of professional analysis, reports, dissemination.
In the project teenagers are called “Teen Ambassadors” because their active involvement in the theatre experience. They will be responsible to represent their peers in the discussions with Artistic Directors. By focusing on enhancing teens’ experience as active spectators through the development of a critiquing approach, the project will involve teens in a process that:
- brings them together in TAGs (Teen Action Groups) in project countries, with each other, Artistic Directors, a coordinator/tutor and Teachers
- promotes discussion between the TAG participants about shows, using a Kitchen Table Format and critical approach tool tested in the first T.E.E.N. project
- allows them to work alongside Artistic Directors to understand how festivals and/or theatre seasons are programmed
- includes them in communication about the shows through social media and positively influence their peers
- promotes reflection in the school system.
The establishment of the co-curatorial approach is expected to enable culture professionals to better reach teenagers across Europe (from different cultures and social backgrounds, aged 10 to 19), using a peer-to-peer approach to ensure long-term engagement and a qualified theatre offers inside the school system.