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Youth Speaks / Living Word Project / Brave New Voices

Youth Speaks / Living Word Project / Brave New Voices
1663 Mission Street, Suite 604
San Francisco, CA 94103

Phone: (415) 255-9035
Fax: (415) 255-9065


Founded in 1996, Youth Speaks is the leading non-profit presenter of Spoken Word performance, education and youth development programs in the country. Presenter of local and national youth poetry slams, festivals, reading series and more, Youth Speaks also offers a comprehensive slate of literary arts education programs during the school day and the after-school hours, and conducts numerous publications and youth development programs. Youth Speaks works with 45,000 teens per year in the Bay Area alone, and has created partner programs in over 50 cities across the United States. Youth Speaks understands and believes that the power, insight, creativity and passion of youth can change the world. As we prepare to enter our 15th year, we are becoming a mature organization, while remaining dynamic, vibrant and necessary.

The Living Word Project (LWP) creates verse- based work that is spoken through the body, illustrated by visual and sonic scores and in communication with the important social issues and movements of the immediate moment. LWP is the theater’s connection from Shakespeare’s quill to Kool Herc’s turntables; from Martha Graham’s cupped hand to Nelson Mandela’s clenched fist: a new voice for a new politic. The Repertory Works of the LWP premiere at either the Living Word Festival or Left Coast Leaning, then tour nationally and internationally year round, and are presented before audiences numbering over 100,000.

House Capacity: 400

Disciplines: Dance, Performance Art, Music, Theatre, Spoken Word, Multi-Discipline