Harlemite, actress and community supporter Jill Marie Lawrence went on a trip to Tanzania, Africa last year to work on the arts non-profit International Theatre Literacy Project (ITLP) for children. This is part two of Ms. Lawrences incredible story (read part one). Continue reading
Harlem resident, actress and community supporter Jill Marie Lawrence recently went on a trip to Tanzania to work on the artistic project, International Theatre Literacy Project for children.
On my journey to the Tanzanian village known as Tengeru in Africa, I was pleasantly surprised by the childrens reaction upon seeing my cohort and colleague Marianna Houston. The kids came running toward us with pure joy and excitement on their faces, as if a Mr. Softee truck perched itself on a Harlem street corner. I literally spun around to catch what all the excitement is about, and right before me they yelled, “Mama Marianna, she’s back! She’s here. She’s here.” Continue reading
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Tagged Africa, jill marie lawrence, Marianna Houston, Tanzania, Tengeru, The International Theatre Literacy Project
From Jill Marie Lawrence
ITLP is a non-profit organization that brings theatre artists from the United States to developing countries to conduct community-based playwriting and theatre workshops for secondary school students and teachers.
In 2008 ITLP forged a partnership with the Fine & Performing Arts Department at the University of Dar es Salaam to deepen and expand the ITLP mission in Tanzania. Continue reading