The Belonging Project
The Belonging Project is two original works youth classes culminating in a professional production on the theme of belonging through the lens of Lane County Teens.
Year One Starting in Fall of 2019: In the classroom, teaching artist Willow Jade Norton will be creating work around belonging and establishing theater as a welcoming and safe space for teens to tell their stories. One class in downtown Eugene for participating teens associated with the Teens Center at the Downtown Main Library Branch, and one in rural Lorane for resident teens (34 miles SW of Eugene). Towards the end of the class, professional actors will be brought in to collaborate with the youth, showcase their ideas and celebrate the youth’s work.
Year Two Fall 2020: In the rehearsal room, director Willow Jade Norton will solidifying the pieces for the final performance, bring in designers, and mount a full- length new professional play on belonging from the youth’s perspective.
In addition to youth directly participating in the classes/ creation of the show source material, free tickets to attend the performances will be offered to local nonprofits that serve youth in the Opportunity Gap in Lane County. Many of the performances will be accompanied by audience talk-backs on the themes.