The World of Harlem Voices Workshop Curriculum
The Harlem Voices Training Project (HVTP) teaches about racism using a transformative and embodied approach. The vehicle for instruction is the Harlem Voices musical, which offers rich and varied ways to engage the subject; through listening to songs, performing them, reading the book, and enacting the play.
The World of Harlem Voices Workshop is the first of a series of training events in the HVTP. It provides an overview of the Harlem Voices universe and its relation to social justice issues today. Characteristics of the musical will be explored, such as the psychology of the characters, plot, structure, style of music, and central social and historical themes. There will be opportunities for script readings and performing music. The workshop features role-playing exercises, small group breakouts, and written reflection.
The Harlem Voices musical was written for, and is most impactful with, a predominantly African American cast. However, the musical deals with universal subjects and with topics that intentionally “bend” racial identities. Therefore, participants in the HVTP are encouraged to freely mix and match races, genders, and ethnicities for all the characters.
The goals of the HVTP are to...
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