Everyone has a story. The Orpheum Theatre Group values all stories and believes in making space for those stories to be shared. When we share stories and listen deeply to one another, we are able to question, reflect, grow, learn, and lean into the future with a more shared human understanding. We are able to transform ourselves, our communities, and our world.
All of our ACTs of Engagement Programs are offered completely FREE. These programs are constantly in development throughout the year, so be sure to check this page often! For more information about ACTs of Engagement, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
These free workshops, facilitated by a roster of Orpheum Teaching Artists, explored themes from HAMILTON through the lens of history around Memphis. During the program, participants experimented with poetic techniques and openly shared the original creations developed in the workshops. History Around Memphis culminated in a free poetry slam event on the historic Orpheum stage.
Everyone has a story. Listen Up! is a program that engages young people in storytelling through the art of filmmaking. As part of the Orpheum’s ACTS of Engagement, the 2021 session of the Listen Up! program followed seven students on a journey of discovery as they created a dramatic documentary film exploring the theme of acceptance.
Watch the 30-minute Listen Up! Finding Acceptance documentary film created by and starring Azriel, Graham, Jalyiah, Jerame, Layla, Madison, and Makhia now on our YouTube page.
Youth refugees perform stories about how they grapple with identity, belief, and displacement from their homelands. Do our differences provide a point of conflict or are they part of a uniquely American experience? What does it mean to discover who you are in a place so different from where you came? This podcast asks us to look beyond the headlines and see the real people behind them. In March 2020, youth from the Refugee Empowerment Program were rehearsing a live storytelling performance with the Orpheum Theatre Group in Memphis, TN. But when the pandemic hit, their performance was postponed…until now. Meet Natasha, Kowsar, Solange, Eunice, Bertrand, Layla, Ache, Hibo, and Nasteho as they share their real-life stories in their own words.
In From Where I Stand, the Orpheum Theatre Group undergoes deep collaboration with youth from a community or school organization who share their personal stories from their point of view. By collaborating in an artistic process, youth bring their individual perspectives together to create an original performance to share. By providing youth a platform and resources, we seek to elevate stories in our community and encourage dialogue and transformation through the power of the arts. Learn More >
In the Listen Up! program, participants collaborate in storytelling by making documentary films. Listen Up! engages participants from partnering organizations in a journey of self-discovery by using a variety of creative activities and artistic mediums. Listen Up! makes space for participants to speak openly, to listen deeply, to operate equipment, to perform post-production editing, and to create soundtrack recordings, exposing students to various aspects of filming, both on and off camera. Learn More >
Applications for the spring 2021 session of Listen Up! are closed. Stay tuned for information about when the spring film will premiere! In the meantime, watch the newest Listen Up! films, IMPACTED and LEGACY2.
A live poetry event to engage the entire community in the lead up to Memphis performances of the revolutionary Broadway Musical HAMILTON.