SHN LAUNCHES PROGRAM FOR HOMELESS YOUTH TO DISCOVER CAREERS IN THEATER
PARTNERSHIP WITH LARKIN STREET YOUTH SERVICES PROVIDES ARTS-FOCUSED EDUCATION, FUNDING AND TRAINING
San Francisco, CA (June 4, 2019)—SHN announced today an innovative new partnership that will provide San Francisco homeless youth an opportunity to explore careers in the theater.
In a series of seven workshops hosted by SHN, young people from San Francisco’s Larkin Street Youth Services will learn all about the world of theater. In addition to gaining an insider’s view of the creative and in-demand field, participants between the ages of 18-24 will be encouraged to find meaningful ways to express their own creativity. The workshops are part of a larger arts-focused career training offered as part of LSYS’s Career Training Summer Session.
“SHN is committed to supporting local nonprofits,” explains SHN’s CEO Greg Holland. “And Larkin Street Youth Services is right here in our backyard. Our new partnership with them not only makes our neighborhood stronger, it helps the next generation have a better understanding of what happens when you pull back the curtain and the types of opportunities that might be available to them.”
SHN, as the primary partner organization of this year’s arts-focused program and a donor to the organization’s learning initiatives, will introduce the youth to different lines of work available in the theater. These include behind-the-scenes jobs in marketing, sales and stage management; skilled trades such as stage lighting, sound and props; customer-facing jobs such as ushering, security and managing the box office; and onstage careers such as acting, singing and dancing. And with major Broadway shows like HAMILTON, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG and ANASTASIA playing in SHN theatres over the coming months, the participating youth will have firsthand exposure to top-level productions and leading experts in their fields.
“The arts are a major part of Larkin’s programs, not only as a potential career path but also as a means of self-expression,” explains Kiki Lipsett, Larkin’s Education Liaison Specialist overseeing the program. “Homeless youth don’t have much that is stable in their lives, so being able to express themselves creatively can be super-empowering. And since SHN offers a wealth of knowledge about theater, we feel lucky to have this very welcome open door to a creative field.”
SHN/Larkin Street Youth Services Workshop Schedule
- Thursday, June 27, 10am – “Overture” – Production, Operation and a tour of the SHN Orpheum Theatre, home of HAMILTON
- Thursday, July 11, 10am – “There’s No Business Like Show Business” – Marketing, Social Media, Advertising, Group Sales, Public Relations
- Thursday, July 25, 10am – “I’d Do Anything” – A behind-the-scenes peek at what makes a show run – Company Management and Stage Management of HAMILTONparticipating
- Wednesday, August 14, 7:30pm –field trip to see THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre
- Thursday, August 15, Time TBD – “Putting it Together” – A look at lighting, sound, props, costumes, carpentry and other trade positions
- Thursday, August 29, 10am – “Be Our Guest (first impressions count)” – Box-office, Ushers, Security and Theatre Managers
- Wednesday, September 4, 7:30pm – “Another Opening’, Another Show” – Students with exemplary attendance records attend opening night of ANASTASIA
- Thursday, September 5, 10am – “I’m Just a Broadway Baby” – The life of a working actor and the discipline and self-awareness required. Featuring a member of the cast ofHAMILTON
- Thursday, September 12, 10am – “It’s Showtime” – As the class prepares for their graduation performance showcase, Lily Ling, conductor of HAMILTON, will coach them to reach for their best selves.
- Wednesday, September 18, Time TBA – “Larkin Street Youth Services Performance Showcase” – Details TBD