Providence is the host city for the American Alliance for Theater and Education’s first hybrid conference, July 28-31
RHODE ISLAND, July 26 – The RI State Council on the Arts is co-hosting the American Alliance for Theater and Education’s (AATE) next national conference and first hybrid, Arriba el Telón (Raise the Curtain), in Providence at the Rhode Island Center Convention, July 28-31.
The national organization chose to bring its members together in Providence to showcase the city’s multilingual theaters and showcase the statewide commitment to theater education.
“RISCA is proud to play a major role in amplifying theater education at AATE’s first post-Covid national conference,” said RISCA Executive Director Lynne McCormack. “This conference will bring together a diverse group of arts educators from across the country. We are excited to showcase RI artists and cultural groups and celebrate the breadth of multilingual performance and storytelling in our community.”
“As a creative capital, Providence places great value on the role the arts play in developing a well-rounded population and a robust economy.” Kristen Adamo, President and CEO of the Providence/Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, said, “We are thrilled to welcome AATE to Rhode Island and are extremely grateful to RISCA for their efforts to bring this event here, which will have a direct spending impact of $434,000 on the Rhode Island economy. As we continue to recover from the pandemic, we hope more organizations will follow their lead and recommend Rhode Island for a meeting or sporting event.
Conference highlights include keynote speaker Francis Parra from Teatro ECAS. Also, Thursday, July 28, at 7 p.m., on the State House lawn, Rhode Island Latino Arts (RILA), in association with Trinity Rep, will present a production of La Mancha, translated and adapted by Brown/Trinity Rep alum Marcel Mascaró as part of their program “Teatro en El Verano (Theatre in Summer)”.
The following organizations will be featured at the conference, including several as performers: • Teatro ECAS and its founder Francis Parra • Rhode Island Theater Education Association • Southside Cultural Center • Puerto Rican Institute for Arts and Advocacy • Nader Molina • The Cambodian Society of Rhode Island • Indian Association of Rhode Island
Throughout the conference, there will be a local artisan vendors market hosted by the SouthSide Cultural Center. The Providence Performing Arts Center will host the conference closing party on Saturday evening in the historic PPAC lobby.
About AATE As a non-profit organization, AATE ensures that every young person can experience quality theater arts in their lifetime, delivered by skilled and talented performers and educators. Based in Washington, DC, AATE has made waves by sparking conversations across many specialisms, especially artists, scholars, and educators. Through this cross-fertilization of ideas, AATE has created space for art to enhance education and vice versa. Rooted in social justice and youth agency, AATE strives to emphasize how critical thinking and collaborative skills apply to all areas of the 21st century workforce. . The AATE conference offers workshops where people can learn side by side and from each other. Playwrights, applied theater artists, K-12 educators, social justice activists, actors, directors, social workers and more.