The more info, the better! What we need to know is what date(s) you’re thinking of and what program you’re looking for (how many performances, student workshops and professional development workshops you’d like). But we know sometimes you may not have all of those details yet. So even if you’re still figuring it out, we encourage you to reach out on our Book Us page. Comments like, “The show needs to be on a weeknight” or “We can only do Saturday afternoons” will be helpful so we know what your flexibility and limitations are.
Thanks for your interest and enthusiasm! We’d be happy to talk about making it out to your school. The quickest way to get that conversation started is by telling a teacher or administrator how excited you are about Project VOICE, and then having them take a look at our website and send us a message through our Book Us page. We hope to see you soon!
We offer live spoken word poetry performances, student workshops and professional development workshops. For a full description of each of these offerings, reach out to us at our Book Us page. You can decide how many of each would be a good fit – we have made visits that just consist of a single performance, and visits that are two-week-long residencies packed with several performances, workshops, and multi-session professional development workshops for the entire staff. Our only request is that we do at least one performance per visit before any student or professional development workshops take place: It helps us begin with a shared experience and introduce the art form and ourselves.
Our performances are unlimited in size (within reason)! We are happy to perform for as many folks as you can comfortably fit in your performance space. We do ask that our audience be in the same general age range, for example: an audience of all high school students OR an audience of all middle school students OR a show for parents and adults. A show for a group of 18 year olds is understandably different from a show for 12 year olds! (Note: for younger students, we find smaller sized audiences tend to work better. So for 4th grade and younger, we encourage you to try for smaller sized groups.) Also, we have found that performance spaces like an auditorium or theater are more conducive to successful shows than shows in gyms or multi-purpose rooms. (Outdoor shows are the most difficult.) We completely understand that sometimes there are only a few options and will always work with you regardless of your performance space, so please let us know your options. But if possible, theater spaces are always best!
Our student workshops, on the other hand, are limited to 25 participants maximum. This allows us to work in an intimate environment to ensure personal attention, hands-on instruction, and to create an atmosphere in which participants feel comfortable sharing personal work.
Our professional development workshops are limited to 50 participants.
All ages. We’ve worked with students from Kindergarten to MFA Programs and well beyond, and have poems and curriculum ready for each specific age group. However, because we tailor our work to each age group, we do ask that for each event (performance or workshop), everyone be in the same general age range. For example: all high school students OR all upper elementary school students. A show for a group of 18 year olds is understandably different from a show for 12 year olds!
No. In our experience we have found that it is important for all students that are participating in our workshops to see us perform live (preferably before the workshop). For many students, they may not have seen spoken word poetry before, and the performance gives them both an introduction to the art form and a shared experience that we can draw on when we get into the workshop. Having a performance first builds momentum around the art form and gives students an idea for what we will be tackling together in the classroom.
Not at the moment. We believe that our work is best experienced live and in person. Plus, our travel and work schedule is already packed!
Yes! We’ve been lucky to travel the globe and we’re always excited to share spoken word poetry wherever we can. Because our touring schedule is so packed, we usually need at least a few interested organizations in a certain area to make a trip happen, so if you’ve got a few other places in mind that might also be interested, that always helps! Regardless, we’d still love to hear from you. Give us a holler at our Book Us page.
That’s a great question and one that we’re working hard on. We’re currently undergoing a campaign to raise money to help fund visits to schools that might not be able to have us otherwise. We’ll keep you posted as that develops! Please reach out to us with your contact details, so that we can let you know when we have more information.