REBEL VERSES Youth Arts Festival
REBEL VERSES is a two-week festival of performances by some of the best youth companies in the region. Unlike any other theatre festival, REBEL VERSES provides an opportunity for high school students to perform their own original work and to celebrate the work of their peers, and gives audiences a platform for open dialogue with emerging young artists from all five boroughs of New York City, Jersey City, and Pittsburgh.
Now in its 13th year, the festival was born out of the need for a platform where young artists can express themselves honestly and in an environment that recognizes the legitimacy of all stories and backgrounds. With a mission to journey into the unapologetic and unrestrained creativity of the next generation, REBEL VERSES values diverse stories ranging across age, sex, race and time.
The 2017 Festival spans two weekends with six performances from July 27 through August 5. The 2017 Festival performances feature original work from eight high school student ensembles: MCC Theatre, PRY SAFE Lutheran, The Door, Alumni Theatre Company of Pittsburgh, Epic Theatre Ensemble, Savage Squad, and Developing Artists with The Vineyard’s own Vineyard Theatre Student Ensemble. During the Festival, students participate in several workshops with guest artists, including two-time Tony Award nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega.