HCA Teen Creation Collective: CONNECTIONS 3
HCA Teen Creation Collective: CONNECTIONS
An ensemble of young artists who have spent two weeks studying devised theatre will create a piece about the rich history of the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts. The Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts’ Teen Creation Collective is a 2-week intensive program for students aged 13-18. Students in the TCC study acting and explore collective creation, devising a piece of theatre that will be showcased in the Hamilton Fringe Festival from July 18-28.
HCA offers over 100 arts-based programs for children and adults, with specialized theatre training offered in 10 programs for children, youths, teens and adults. Follow along with the HCA Theatre Department on Instagram @HCATheatre.
The HCA Teen Creation Collective closed their Fringe show, CONNECTIONS, on Saturday. The program was originally envisioned as an opportunity for creation and performance for young artists at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts. What we got proved to be far more valuable than ever expected.
Many members of the ensemble remarked how much exploring theatre had changed them, and how participating in the arts has led them to accepting and celebrating their own personal identities:
“It’s nice to know I can wake up and come to a place where I can do what I want to do and be who I want to be with other people who are totally okay with it.”
“Coming to the Teen Creation Collective, I learned that I can actually be myself, and that it’s a good thing.”
“You have all helped me grow by showing up.”
A major theme that rose from our conversation was building a safe space to create.
“You are my family.”
“I felt like I could put myself out there because everyone here is so welcoming. I feel like I can be as weird as I typically am, and I’m not embarrassed.”
The experience of performing in the Hamilton Fringe Festival proved a meaningful component to the program:
“I feel privileged to be part of the Hamilton Fringe, meeting new people and having new experiences.”
“This is one of the best things I’ve ever done. It’s going to be a huge milestone for the rest of my career.”
The TCC is wrapped for 2019 but its inaugural year was an absolute success, showing young theatre artists what is possible when they set foot in an acting studio. Through 2 weeks of intensive theatre studies, personal growth, meeting challenges head-on, and learning to trust their own artistic voices, our Ensemble shared their intensely personal creation in the Fringe Festival and stepped into the Hamilton theatre community in a brave and inspiring way.
CONNECTIONS spanned over 100 years of history in Hamilton, from the 1900s to the 1980s to the present day, and what we learned is that no matter the time or place…
“The voices of youth should be heard.
Youth move time.
Art changes people.
It gets better.”