We want to reiterate that this is an intentional volunteer project. ATB recognizes that ending systemic issues of oppression necessitates the community involvement of many people from the ground up. This does make this project explicitly different than a regular “gig” for those involved. To that end, we have intentionally entered into this action hoping to engage as many of our community members as possible in various stages of this effort, acknowledging that not all people who are artists may feel that a volunteer action is right for them in the current stage of their career. There will be later opportunities for screenings in schools and other community spaces, so folks should feel free to join in whatever way is most right for them.
This fall, we will be producing our first 10 videos and we need many folks to work with us for two separate components of this action:
Writers, Activists, Improv Creators, & All Interested Folks:
- Friday, September 13th, 7-11pm
- Write & create the scripts for 10 videos addressing topics of consent, setting boundaries, rejection, and more.
Actors & Production Helpers:
- Saturday, September 28th, between 9am-11pm
- Help film this video series!
- Actors may stay anywhere between 2 hours to the full day of filming, understanding that staying for longer means acting in more pieces.
Breakdown of dates:
Writers, improv creators, etc: Friday, September 13th, 7-11pm
Actors, production assistants: Saturday, September 28th, 9am-11pm (actors can choose the length of their day)
How to Apply / Contact
If you are interested in participating in either or both parts of this process, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume and short description of a) why you are interested in being part of this action and b) if you have a specific idea for a video you’d like for us to consider! Writers, actors, and production assistants will all be provided meals & snacks during both the writer’s session and filming day.
About Our Partners
The Uncomfortable Conversation
The Uncomfortable Conversation grew out of the response to Sarah Beaulieu’s TEDx talk in 2016. Since then, she logged hundreds of hours talking to men on the topic of sexual violence and immersing herself in what makes sexual violence such a polarizing and uncomfortable topic.
The most interesting discovery throughout this journey has been the realization that men and women alike have little idea how to talk about sexual violence, a startling prospect given how unfortunately prevalent sexual violence is in our society today.
This void led to The Uncomfortable Conversation, dedicated to normalizing these conversations, especially for young men. The Uncomfortable Conversation, Inc. has produced more than 50 short-form videos that illustrate these conversations in educational, engaging, and often, humorous ways.
Over the next several months, The Uncomfortable Conversation will be distributing this content and conducting outreach to ensure it reaches those who need it the most, starting with college campuses and ultimately expanding to K-12 schools and employers.
Company One Theatre’s Stage One
In 1999, Stage One, Company One Theatre’s education program, began a summer camp at an independent site in the Boston area. Two years later the summer program was invited to be a resident at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, where the curriculum began to evolve into a more intensive training. In 2006, Stage One took up its home at the Boston Center for the Arts where, along with Company One Theatre’s mainstage productions, it continues to thrive. In 2012, Company One Theatre, in collaboration with the City of Boston and the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment, began its Apprentice Program, which works with Boston teens to offer positive, pre-professional work experience. Around the same time, the company introduced its Professional Development for Actors Class, which provides Boston actors with challenging character development, technique, and audition training. As part of Stage One: In-School, Company One Theatre has established teaching artist residencies within elementary, middle, and high school campuses in the Boston Public School system to introduce foundational elements of performing arts, theatre production, and artistic engagement to Boston’s youth.
One Love educates young people about the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, empowering the next generation to put an end to violence and abuse.
Love is the most important thing in our lives, yet we are taught very little about it. One Love is on a mission to change that. We educate young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships, empowering them to identify and avoid abuse and learn how to love better.
We engage young people with powerful films and honest conversation. Through our workshops and peer-to-peer discussions, One Love offers a framework that helps students spread our message online and in their communities.