Social Justice Projects

Productions written, produced, directed by, or featuring certified Fitzmaurice Voicework® teachers - alphabetical by project title

Sara Matchett
For the past 5 years, The Mothertongue Project, a women’s arts collective co-founded by Sara Matchett in South Africa in 2000, has been running an arts and leadership project in the rural Langeberg Municipal region of the Western Cape in South Africa, with unemployed youth. The training has resulted in the creation of participatory performances designed to create awareness around social justice issues. The youth participants receive on-going training in performance skills (acting, voice, movement and performance making) as well as training in leadership development, basic entrepreneurial skills, and participatory facilitation skills. It is envisioned that intervention strategies that utilise these skills will result in an increase in self-confidence and esteem, which in our experience, motivates and assists participants in imagining and actioning a different, more productive life for themselves where they are active agents in the choices that they make. The project consciously creates spaces for young people located at the margins to speak their stories and share their experiences in order to gain power and credence within their bodies and communities.

Michael Morgan
The Odyssey Project™, founded by Michael Morgan in 2011, is a program of UCSB (Santa Barbara) which benefits and seeks to "rescue" (or transform) incarcerated youth, using the arts. It involves them, with peers, in a production. It brings them into a setting where they can start to recognize that maybe they do belong and have real options. It gives them a camera to chronicle their journey home as filmmakers. And it helps them make positive life choices. In the big picture, Odyssey Project acts as a societal solution, encouraging fewer boys to evolve into habitual offenders, career criminals, and forgotten numbers in the criminal justice system. 

Performance, healing and social transformation

Esther Pallejà
We’re researching ways of using performative language to talk about current and past events that had an impact in people’s lives. Together with a group of “performers,” we create a space where the audience has the chance of taking an active role and have it's own voice, reversing in that way the focus of attention, the audience being the one seen and heard in the piece.

Ben Mathes
Founded by Ben Mathes, Urban Confessional began as a community of actors determined to challenge the status quo. Every week, they stood on street corners in LA with signs that read “Free Listening” and opened their hearts to anyone who needed to laugh, cry, scream, or chat. Over the years, the community has grown to include people from all walks of life across 6 continents, 50 countries, and 40 states. 

Laura Quigley
The Waves is a new play about birth, motherhood, and post-partum depression, written by Laura Quigley. The Waves was written for mothers, pregnant women, obs, midwives, doulas, birth activists, fathers, health care practitioners, and anyone who has a mother.

The work approaches the body as a whole system and the vocal mechanism as a part of that totality.
— Workshop participant

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