LEAP Artists LIVE!
LEAP Artists Live! is an award-winning theater troupe consisting of professional performing and teaching artists with an extensive background in creative youth development! In-person and virtual residencies, workshops, and touring performances provide opportunities for both students, NYCDOE staff, and communities to foster personal connections to the arts. Young audiences and communities get to experience the excitement of multidisciplinary live performances that link to the classroom by bringing learning to the stage, sparking constructive conversation, and social awareness.
LEAP Artists LIVE! in-person and virtual residencies, touring performances, and workshops include the following elements:
● Differentiated Learning: Theater, Music, Dance, Visual Arts
● Youth Empowerment and Perspective
● Equity and Inclusion
This year, LEAP Artists LIVE! will tour The Movement and Southern Boys, both original award-winning works composed by Kathy D. Harrison.
The Movement is an acapella musical that uses narratives, harmonious singing, rhythmic movement, and historical photographic images to tell untold stories from the perspective of the young people in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 who marched against racial injustice, helping to change the face of history.
Southern Boys takes you on a musical journey through the Mississippi Delta during the late 19th century and follows the story of first generation, born-free Americans. Through narrative storytelling scenes and blues songs, this coming of age story portrays the complexities of life that sharecroppers faced, and centers on Johnny, a sharecropper, who has dreams of moving north and makes a pact to leave for Chicago to find a life beyond the southern fields.