The International Theatre and Literacy Project uses theatre as a means of social and educational uplift for children and teen-agers struggling with the challenges of poverty, crime, violence, gender inequity and inequality in developing countries. ITLP conducts theatre workshops to teach English, develop independent thinking, self-empowerment and gender equity. We strive to help young people advance their educational and employment opportunities and nurture their voices as leaders to enable growth, change and community development.

Educate    Empower    Inspire    Ignite   

Stephen DiMenna, Artistic Director

Latest News

Broadway for Africa Benefit Concert was a Grand Success!


The Broadway at Birdland concerts series hosted a star-studded benefit for ITLP on April 4th.

Nick Adams hosted 10 Broadway stars who sang their hearts out.

Will Swenson and Tony Sheldon his co-stars in (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) along with Julia Murney (Wicked) and Alison Luff (Matilda), Ariana Groover (Gotta Dance), Tryphena Wade (The Lion King), Eliseo Roman (On Your Feet)Celissse Henderson and Angela Grovey along with The Skivvies gave showstopping performances and we thank them on behalf of our students. 

Photos by Kevin Alvey


         Julia Murney and Alison Luff              Eliseo Roman, Angela Grovey and                   Nick Adams

                                                                                       Celisse Henderson


       Tryphena Wade                                               Julia Murney                                          Ariana Groover





ITLP Summer 2016 Programs:

South Africa and Rwanda    






South Africa - June - July 2016

ITLP will return toSouth Africa for our fifth year. We partner once again with The Ithemba Labantu Community Center ( in Philippi Township 40 minutes outside of Cape Town and The Magnet Theatre ( ) one of South Africa's most acclaimed professional theatres in Cape Town and Unami South Africa, an acclaimed puppet thetare.

ITLP teaching artists Stephen DiMenna and Chesray Dolpha will collaborate with South African theatre artsists, Mbovu Malinga and teaching artists from Magnet Theatre. They will work with 70 teen-agers, several returning from the 2012-2015 workshops, along with new students. Working each day from 10:0am - 4:00pm Monday through Saturday for two weeks they will create an original play that reflected the issues, ideas, challenges, hopes, dreams and visions of the future of the students.

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Rwanda - July - August 2016



ITLP will return to Rwanda for our sixth year working with 89 students at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village ( a boarding school for some of Rwanda's most vulnerable and orphaned youth and the Rwinkwavu Library and Learning Center, LitWorld and Ready for Reading. ITLP teachings artists Channie Waites, Caitlin O'Connell and Patrick Crowley will return this year and work with two graduate theatre majors from The Kigali Institute of Education who work as co-teaching artists.