Nothing About Us – Epic Theater Ensemble

By Integrated Schools | October 30, 2020

Please Join us on Monday, Nov 9th as we cohost an AMAZING virtual event, in partnership with National Coalition on School Diversity, Public School Forum of North Carolina, and Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, Inc. (METCO). 

Nothing About Us is a free (virtual) performance of an original play about segregation by NY-based EPIC Theatre Ensemble.

“Nothing about us without us is for us.”

NOTHING ABOUT US is a rigorous, passionate and hilarious exploration of educational segregation researched, written, and performed by those most affected and least consulted: NYC Public High School students. What does separate but equal mean to us today? Transformation, empathy, and youth voice drive the conversation in this thirty-minute touring play by Epic NEXT. Running time is approximately 30 minutes, followed by a talk back with student actors. This piece was originally commissioned by New York Appleseed.



About EPIC Theatre Ensemble

EPIC’s mission is to create bold work with and for diverse communities that promotes vital discourse and social change.

EPIC accomplishes this mission by:

  • Inspiring students to be creative and engaged citizens
  • Presenting compelling topics that transform the way people think
  • Collaborating with artists, students and thought leaders to produce plays about key issues

Twitter: @EpicTheatr

About the “EPIC Next” Program

NOTHING ABOUT US was created through the EPIC Next program, a youth development program designed to develop young thinkers, actors, and leaders. EPIC Next pairs professional artists with selected students from partner schools beginning in a summer lab and extending throughout the school year. Each EPIC ensemble artist mentors 2 to 3 students a year in the theatre-making process as well as in leadership development, civic engagement, and college readiness. As the culmination of their work in the summer intensive, students integrate the ideas and concepts explored in the program to create a full-length theatre piece.

About the Hosts

National Coalition on School Diversity

Founded in 2009, the National Coalition on School Diversity is a cross-sector network of 50+ national civil rights organizations, university-based research centers, and state and local coalitions working to expand support for school integration. NCSD supports its members in designing, enacting, implementing, and uplifting PK- 12 public school integration policies and practices so we may build cross-race/cross-class relationships, share power and resources, and co-create new realities.

Twitter: @diverse_schools

Public School Forum of North Carolina

The Public School Forum of North Carolina provides trusted, nonpartisan, evidence-based research, policy analysis and innovative programs that empower an informed public to demand that education best practice becomes common practice throughout North Carolina.

Twitter: @theNCForum

Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, Inc. (METCO)

METCO is a school integration program that enrolls Boston students in grades K-10 in participating suburban public schools to reduce racial isolation.

Twitter: @METCOIncHq

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