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There are special moments in the program where I, as a teaching artist, feel as if I am truly making an impact and a difference in my community.

Recently, there was a moment during the 5th session of our 7 week program, Finding Your Voice, where we were working with youth to identify ways they can go from being a Bystander to an Upstander in their lives. We were using a theatre technique called Image Theatre to help us work through this. During this activity in the program, participants create a frozen image of a bullying situation that includes all three roles: the person doing the bullying, the person being bullied, and the bystander(s). I was picked by the youth to be the person being bullied. When two girls in the group were asked to be the bystanders, they said they didn’t want to be a bystander because it was too hard for them to do nothing in that situation. Instead, they wanted to be an Upstander. I was really affected by that. In that moment, I understood how much this program is doing for them, and how this work is really making them understand the value of who they are and what they can do for others. It really was a moment when I felt they understood their voice matters. They want to stand up when something is wrong or someone is being bullied. They want to be that Upstander that makes a difference, and that is just beautiful. That is what our work is truly doing for them!

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What is passion? No, really, what does it mean to have passion, to be passionate, to show compassion? These words are always defined but it’s impossible to truly understand real passion until it knocks at your door. I never really saw myself in this type of work; I barely knew it existed. However, when I stepped into the world of MiArts I felt passion–it became a vehicle for my compassion. It has grown to become a a need, a burning desire to act. The really beautiful thing about this passion, is that it is not a solo venture, but an ensemble, collaborating together.

Besides igniting passion, Mirror Image Arts has pushed me to step out of my comfort zone, explore my identity, and question my assumptions. Who I was when I first walked into rehearsal, until now, just a year and a half later, is someone very different. When I look in the mirror, I see a budding leader, ready to take others on an exploration of what it means to be an empathic, critical thinking individual.

Without Mirror Images Arts, I would still be shrouded in fear and uncertainty–too close to the mirror to see anything else. I was encouraged to take a step back from the mirror and see my whole. I was encouraged to keep backing up until I could see my loved ones, until I could see my community. I am finding my voice in Mirror Image Arts, and with this, I will help others find theirs.

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AUDITION NOTICE:
Mirror Image Arts is pleased to announce auditions for the 2015-2016 season. Mirror Image Arts is an in-school applied theatre company that utilizes theatre as a tool to spark dialogue with youth around social issues while developing leadership skills.

WE ARE SEEKING ADULT MALE AND FEMALE NON-EQUITY TEACHING ARTISTS who are interested the unique experience of guiding young audiences through the important journey of self-discovery. This is theatre with a purpose! Our programs are designed to empower youth to use their voice for change.

Season Auditions will be held at The Robert and Judi Newman Center for Theatre Education (1101 13th St Denver, CO 80204) BY APPOINTMENT ONLY on July 6th & 7th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Callbacks will be held on July 9th at 6:30pm.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Those auditioning will be invited to lead the selection committee through an exercise of your choosing in your unique voice. You will have 5 minutes to present. Please get as creative as you like.
  • No monologue required, but you may be asked to read from a script.
  • Following the activity we will have a 5-10 minute discussion around:
    • why you would like to be apart of this program
    • what you feel you can bring to the program
    • your  teaching and classroom management style

Please visit www.mirrorimagearts.org to learn more about us.

Rehearsals will run 6:30pm-9:30pm on:
July 20-23 (Mon-Thur)

July 27-30 (Mon-Thur)

Aug 10-13 (Mon-Thur)

*No rehearsals the 1st week of August
Performance dates and times will vary throughout the school year. Commitment expectations will be discussed during auditions. All teaching artists  are paid per workshop.

For an appointment please email headshot, resume along with preferred audition time and date to perform@mirrorimagearts.org

 

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When we bring our fun, interactive, and challenging programs to Denver area schools we give the students a strong message: Your Voice Matters! Your Actions Matter!

This year, with your help, we’d like to add to that mantra: Your Miles Matter! For the first time, Mirror Image Arts is proud to be an official Charity Partner of the 2015 Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon! On Sunday, May 17th, members and friends of our organization will be hitting the streets of Denver to run, have fun, and raise awareness for Mirror Image Arts.

You’re invited to come run with us! We’ll be forming special running teams, called “I’ve Got Your Back” Relay Teams, to participate in the Colfax Marathon’s exciting 5-person relay race. Instead of tackling a marathon alone, each team member gets to run a few miles of the course, with the final team member crossing the finish line at the end of the marathon. It really accents our belief that, if we work together, we can accomplish some pretty remarkable things!

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Of course, if you’re the kind of athlete who would prefer to run the marathon or half-marathon by yourself, we would love to have you onboard, too! (And, quite frankly, we’re super impressed!) After the race, Mirror Image Arts will have an informational booth set up near the finish line, where race finishers will have the chance to learn about all the ways we’re working to bring an end to bullying in our Colorado schools and communities.

If you’re interested in running with us, or if you’d like to volunteer for the event, you can e-mail j.vonbokern@mirrorimagearts.org for all the information you need to get started!

We hope you can join us!

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Become an Upstander for your community by joining the Mirror Image Arts Youth Advisory Team.

We are looking for youth between the ages of 11-18 who are interested in theatre and/or social action. Mirror Image Arts uses theatre as a language to inspire dialogue, encourage awareness and promote action in order to build a strong, compassionate and empowered community. Together we will devise a Social Justice theatre piece that reflects youth – their voice, passions and the change they want to be to an audience of community leaders. In addition, through involvement in the the Youth Advisory Team, youth will lend their experiences, opinions, and creative problem solving skills to help shape how our organization serves them and their peers through our current bullying prevention program, “Your Voice Matters”. The Mirror Image Arts Youth Advisory Team will meet monthly starting in March. As we develop our performance piece we will meet more frequently to rehearse in May based on team members schedules.

If you or someone you know is interested in this leadership opportunity, please contact Meghann Henry at m.henry@mirrorimagearts.org.

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My name is Sam Provenzano and I am a Teaching ARTist for Mirror Image Arts. During the recent development of our 6 week after-school program, I was asked to become the lead facilitator for the project. I said yes without hesitation!

The first 6-week program held simultaneously some of the most challenging and easy moments at Mirror Image Arts for me. I say easy because the curriculum had so much freedom inside of it, that it was easy for me to trust the process. Meghann and Laura developed a fleshed out curriculum but were open and willing to grow it as we put it on its feet. It was a fun process because they had already done their research and I got to come in and play! I loved it. I felt very supported in voicing my opinion and became a co-collaborator in it’s development. The challenging part was getting to the point where I trusted what I was doing. I am glad I had this opportunity to facilitate this with a generally small student turn out. It gave me the flexibility and confidence to try on this new curriculum. see more

I was really affected by the students in the program. With such a small group, it was easy to see where students wanted to share and where they were protecting themselves. After one student opened up about being bullied, I couldn’t stop thinking about him for a week. I had forgotten really how raw and mean people can be. I live in a very PC and polite everyday world so it shook me to reconnect directly to that harsh environment full of embarrassment and self doubt. I understand bullying is a real everyday struggle for many people, but this student put it into a real perspective that I hadn’t seen in awhile.

I am nervous and excited for the next one. I think this program is fun for students while still challenging them to be creative and brave. I am nervous because a larger group will be a brand new learning experience. But because I trust the curriculum, I can’t wait to see what form future programs take.

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We want to extend a heart felt “Thank You” for all of our supporters who attended our Holiday Variety Show. Because of their generosity, we were able to raise $1,700. This is a wonderful step towards our fundraising goal of $25,000 over the next six months. Reaching this goal will provide Mirror Image Arts with a sustainable future, so that we can continue to change and save lives.

Please help us to continue this momentum by becoming a Mirror Image Arts’ Repeat Defender and by telling your friends, family, and colleagues about Mirror Image Arts, so they too can have the opportunity to join us as we empower Denver youth and build a stronger more empathic community.

You are our heroes. And we thank you. Happy Holiday!

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Start the holiday season off right!

Indulge in a little holiday cheer and help Mirror Image Arts put an end to bullying!

Join us for a fun filled holiday themed evening hosted by Colorado’s own loud, boisterous, and insightful comedian,Vinnie Montez, and featuring a host of local performers sharing their talents in comedy, drama, singing, belly dancing, and more! Purchase a signature cocktail, created especially for this event, and enter a raffle to win the Booze Wagon to help keep your liquor cabinet filled the entire season! Proceeds will support getting our program, “Your Voice Matters”, into area schools.

FEATURING: Vinnie Montez, Paul Page, Eugene Ebner, Snappy Nails Improv, Balefire Fusion Belly Dance Troupe, ​Kelly Rodwell, ​Markus Warren​, Royce Rosewood and Elizabeth Seymour.

$25 – All proceeds to benefit Mirror Image Arts.

For tickets and more information, visit: http://voodoocomedy.com/event/mirror-image-arts-holiday-variety-show

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The Mirror Image Arts’ “I Got Your Back!” Program Showcase and Fundraiser was a wonderful success. Our great thanks to all of the wonderful donors and volunteers that made the evening possible. After such a success, we are even more motivated to bring our programming to the community! To keep this amazing work available to our youth, we need your help. If you were unable to attend the event, it’s not too late to show your support.

The true cost to Mirror Image Arts for a single workshop is $1500. Because of generous contributions from people like you, we are able to bring our program to schools for only $300 which ensures youth across the socioeconomic spectrum equal access to our important message. The best way you can help us is by becoming a Mirror Image Arts “Repeat Defender” and signing up to make a set donation of an amount of your choosing each month via PayPal on our Ways to Give page. Or, consider making a one-time donation.

We believe in what we are doing. We’re asking you to stand with us. Thank you for your support.

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Mirror Image Arts presents

I Got Your Back!

I got your back

Our Annual Showcase Performance and Fundraising Event

Held at:

910 Arts GallerySkylite Station
910 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204


You are cordially invited to Mirror Image Arts’ Annual Showcase & Fundraising Event.

September 6 at 5:00-8:00pm

Admission is free, but space is limited so please RSVP BY AUGUST 23RD.

Our event will include:
– hor d’oeuvres & cash bar
– an incredible silent auction
– the work of local artist Cherie Sutton
– balloons! (seriously, you don’t want to miss these balloons)
– a showcase performance of our current program, YOUR VOICE MATTERS
– surprises and prizes throughout

Hor d’oeuvres & cocktails begin at 5:00pm
Showcase Performance begins at 5:45pm

We look forward to seeing you there!

RSVP today!