Theatre Exile offering new workshops for professionals, presenting student works

Theatre Exile recently announced that it will be hosting a pair of workshops for professional writers as well as a viewing event for its outreach program this June.

The workshops both concentrate on “Centering Community Voice” and will be hosted virtually by two theater experts. The first one, which will take place on Friday, June 3, is set to be hosted by Philly-based poet and educator Sabriaya Shipley. Geared toward actors, performers and writers, it will feature activities that help attendees highlight intersections between their communities and the way they identify with their artistry.

The second workshop will take place on Friday, June 17, and will be hosted by director and playwright Cheyenne Barboza. Catering to directors, stage managers and choreographers, the session will focus on language used to describe community-centered theater and how language can lead to actions that affect group performances.

Moreover, Paper Wings, Theatre Exile’s outreach program, will show over 30 works written by students from Fanny Jackson Coppin School and Franklin Learning Center during its free  “Radical Imagination” virtual event on June 3 and 4. As part of the program, students worked with Exile educational director TS Hawkins to learn to perform and compose original monologues and plays based on themes they wanted to explore. Since the program began in 2007, Paper Wings participants have won various awards, including first- and second-place finishes in Philadelphia Young Playwrights festivals.

More information about Paper Wings as well as registration for Radical Imagination can be found at

On the other hand, participation in each workshop costs $35 and both are limited to 20 participants. Registration can be found at