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ITLP has selected it's Teaching Artists for 2015 but resumes and letters of interest are always welcome.

Please read our Volunteer Information Sheet carefully and submit a resume and letter of intent to Stephen DiMenna, Artistic Director  sdimenna@itlp.org.


ITLP 2015 Teaching Artist Teams

ITLP returns to the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda in 2015 for our fifth year.  We will also be returning to work with The Ithemba Labantu Community Center in Philippi Township outside of Cape Town, South Africa for our third year and are thrilled to be starting a collaboration with The Magnet Theatre in Cape Town.

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Rwanda Team:

Patrick Crowley, Co-Director
Patrick Crowley is a community based theatre artist with ten years of experience in the field. His mission is to create art that: raises pertinent social questions; highlights human agency in the face of oppression; fosters critical consciousness; is participatory in nature; and nurtures hope. Three standout theatre projects include "'Capers," which he directed and developed, "A Nation of Immigrants," which he wrote, and "Lumumba," in which he was a writer/actor/facilitator. "'Capers," was created in collaboration with public housing residents who were fighting their forced relocation. "A Nation of Immigrants" was written with immigrant high school students with a focus on the contradictions of American ideals and American practice in regards to immigration. "Lumumba," focused on personal and political choices everyday people made during the Congo Crisis, and was presented for Rwandan drama students at the Kigali Institute of Education. He has written or directed plays that have been presented at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, The Hip Hop Theater Festival, and the National Performance Network. He has collaborated on original work with Pulitzer Prize finalist Eisa Davis, Grammy nominated Hip Hop artist Christylez Bacon, and internationally acclaimed director/choreographer Fred Beam among others.

Channie Waites, Co-Director
Channie Waites is a performing artist ranging the genres of theatre, dance, audiobooks, and voiceovers, director and educator. Channie has toured and performed professionally within the United States and abroad. Her latest projects include serving as a teaching artist for the August Wilson Monologue Competition (NYC), Project Rwanda, where she co-facilitated applied theatre workshops at the Kigali Institute for Education in Rwanda and directing A Tribute to August Wilson for Vital Theatre (NYC). Channie is an actor with Only Make Believe and a dancer with the Phyllis Rose Dance Company. Channie is a M.A. Candidate in Applied Theatre at the School of Professional Studies-CUNY. 




South Africa Team:

Stephen DiMenna, Artistic Director of ITLP
Stephen is a Director and Theatre Educator who has directed at The Guthrie Theatre, The Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, The Pillsbury House Theatre,The Westport Playhouse, InitialStage, The History Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Mint Theatre, Ratlestick Playwright’s Theatre and MCC Theater among others. He is a senior teaching artist for Theatre Development Fund and City Center. He was the Artistic  Director of The MCC Theatre Youth Company for 11 years. He is on the faculty of New York University's Program in Educational Theatre. He was the director of The Hennepin County Home School Drama Project where he conducted workshops with incarcerated juvenile felons in a detention facility in Minneapolis. He was the founder and Artistic Director of The Fuller Young People’s Theatre in Minneapolis for ten years where he created over 60 original plays, musicals and operas for young people. He directs theatre workshops for The Stratford Festival of Canada. He is a theatre facilitator for the New York City Department of Education and was a co-author of The New York City Theatre Blueprint. He is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of The International Theatre and Literacy Project and a member of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and The Drama League of New York. He was an actor in the movie CAMP.



Judy Tate, Teaching Artist
Judy Tate is a four-time Emmy Award winning writer and WGA award recipient. She’s written scripts and story for several TV shows.  She was a Manhattan Theatre Club Playwriting Fellow, winner of the New Professional Theatre's Playwriting award,  member of Playwright’s Horizons’ Black Ink and the Women’s Project.  She is a proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre.  Her plays have been produced, presented or developed at the Lark Theatre,  EST, Playwrights Horizons, Passage Theatre, Hartford Stage, Epic Theatre Company and the Black and Latino Playwrights’ Conference.  With her frequent collaborator and director, Melissa Maxwell, she was an Honored Finalist for the Women in Arts and Media Collaboration Award.  In 2012 she co-founded The American Slavery Project and is its Artistic Director. A professional actor, Judy has worked in theatres throughout the United States and in Southern Africa. As a teaching artist she’s led hundreds of activity-based  and playwriting workshops for a variety of educational outreach programs: Manhattan Theatre Club, TDF, City Lights and Lincoln Center Institute.  She is co-author of the playwriting manual used in schools for TDF.  Five year associate director of Word for Word, a theatre ensemble that develops scripts and performs the words of children, teenagers, and adults for the purpose of encouraging writing and self-expression. She’s taught kids in schools, shelters, prisons and from reservations. An alumna of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts conservatory program, she studied with Stella Adler, was an honors graduate receiving the Founder's Day Award, Seidman Award and Beinecke Award for excellence in acting and academia.

Chesray Dolpha, Teaching Artist


Tanzania Team:

Grace Gachocha, Director
Grace Gachocha graduated in 2008 with an honors in BA Culture and Heritage specializing in Sociology and Theatre. The summer of 2008 was the first time working with ITLP. Grace co-facilitated  the workshop with Eric Booth. She has been a drama teacher at Haven of Peace Academy since 2009. ITLP opened the doors for her to go to Chicago for a summer arts program through an exchange program  with Urban Gateways that was funded by the McArthur Grant. She had the privilege to be Tanzanian Director of ITLP in 2010; she also facilitated a professional development workshop for teachers at Nkoanrua Secondary School summer 2010 & 2011. Grace is a key leader in an outreach program to Tanzanian kids living near the school in a quarry who have nowhere to play. The program engages them in sports and games, drama, music, craft and lots more. In August of this year, there will be the first ever International Teaching Artist Conference in Norway and Grace has been invited to attend to represent Africa. She is looking forward to being the Tanzanian Director once more for this summer.