NOW ACCEPTING applications from all Connecticut high school students!

Application Deadline:
Thursday March 28, 2016
Rehearsals: Saturdays, April 16-May 14
Additional Rehearsal: Friday, May 20
Performances: May 21-22

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What You Need to Know:

  • Project: Transform is a FREE program open to all high school students in CT.
  • Past teaching artists include Colman Domingo, Michael Elyanow, Justin Ellington, Will Power, Lee Edward Colston II, and Radha Blank. 

View photos from last year's Project Transform

Project: Transform

What is Project: Transform?

Project Transform is a FREE PROGRAM that will give you the opportunity to speak your mind about the change you would like to see in your neighborhood, community and world. You will work closely with special guest artists Saheem Ali and Phillip Howze to create and perform an original theatre piece. Come learn about the transformative power of the theatre in your own community, and let your voice be heard!

2015 Project: Transform Students

2015 Project: Transform Students



Saheem AliSaheem was most recently the Associate Director on The Tempest (Shakespeare in the Park). Directing credits: A Lesson From Aloes (Juilliard), The Erlkings (Theater Row), Farhad (Inner Voices), Vital Signs (Riant Theatre), Marisol (Barnard College), The Wild Party (Columbia University), Romeo & Juliet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Spring Awakening (Northeastern University). Workshops: Aquittal (Pan Asian Rep), The Children (BRIC), Our Lady of Koinange Street (PEN World Voices), Facing Our Truths (Public Theater), Nollywood Dreams (Soho Rep and National Black Theater), Goddess (O’Neill Musical Theater Conference), Tsunami (PEN). Assistant Directing: A Free Man of Color (Lincoln Center), The Normal Heart (The Golden), Angels in America (Signature). Shubert Fellow, New York Theatre Workshop Directing Fellow, SDCF Gielgud Directing Fellow. MFA Columbia University.

Phillip HowzePhillip Howze is a playwright whose work has been developed at Bay Area Playwrights Festival, BRIC, Bushwick Starr, Theater Masters, PRELUDE Festival 2015, SPACE at Ryder Farm and Yale Cabaret. A recent graduate of Yale School of Drama, he is a 2015 Fellow of the Sundance Institute Theater Lab, the 2015-16 Artist Fellow at Lincoln Center Education, a member of Clubbed Thumb's Early Career Writers Group and the 2016 Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival. Prior to attending graduate school, he worked in advocacy at the Open Society Foundations. He was previously an educator at the US Embassy’s cultural center in Rangoon, Burma. 

Teens are Talking

"The most important thing I learned is have fun and say what’s on your mind.”
Sophomore from Newington

“This project was different from my school because it was far more introspective and collaborative”
Senior from Norwalk

“The best thing about this project was being given a chance to work with other people who share the same dream and interest as me.”
Senior from Hartford

“I learned that all the hard work pays off when you get the audiences’ smiles in return.”
- Sophomore from Bloomfield

“The most important thing I learned from this project was be yourself, be open to change, love you for you.”
Junior from Hartford

“I was able to work with kids from across Connecticut and I was able to perform some place new, not just at my school but getting out to the whole Connecticut community.”
Junior from Ridgefield

 “The best thing was working with new people; opposites might attract to make something great.”
Junior from Hartford

“I learned how much fun it is to work with a bunch of people, all bringing their unique experiences and insight.“
Junior from Ridgefield