CO-CREATOR & TEACHING ARTIST TEATRO LUNA SUMMER 2012
Teatro Luna, Chicago’s all-Latina theater company, launched VeraLuna Young Artist Labs in Summer 2012 (co-created by Alyssa and Kristiana Colón, with Elizabeth Nungaray): two immersive week-long experiences that culminated in a youth-devised showcase. We invited students ages 9-17 to enroll in our unique skill-building lab series which focused on How to Tell Your Story, Shaping Your Story, and Bringing Your Story to Stage through interactive workshops, guest artists, and hands-on projects.
Young Artists were welcomed into our two-theater home, Luna Central, and spent each day with professional working artists in exciting, fun workshops that got them writing, moving, sharing, thinking critically about culture and themselves, and learning how to build performances and plays from their personal lives and stories from their communities.
The young women who participated the inaugural VeraLuna program, who dubbed themselves "Little Lunas," collaboratively created and performed TWO original plays.
Perspectives was based on personal topics such as identity and family.
Girls Are Heroes was based on heated conversations about gender stererotypes - and girls kicking butt.