The Belonging Project

A two year project, with a professional new play production in 2021 in Eugene, OR

The Belonging Project (TBP) is two original works youth classes culminating in a professional production on the theme of belonging through the lens of greater Eugene undeserved teens.

Year One: 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 enrolled in social service organizations, 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 and casually perform and celebrate the youth’s work.

Year Two: 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.

Original Works Workshop with University of Oregon, Lane Community College, and Community Members participating. Oregon Contemporary Theatre Studio, Summer 2018.

Original Works Workshop with University of Oregon, Lane Community College, and Community Members participating. Oregon Contemporary Theatre Studio, Summer 2018.