MCC Youth Company presents Uncensored 2021: Young Voices Rising.
In a year filled unprecedented obstacles, MCC Youth Company’s Performance Lab students have continued to rise to the challenge. Measure for measure they have woven a narrative that speaks to this moment in time: identity, fear, frustration, Zoom, gloom, triumph, life and loss! In the end, hope remains and the possibility of a new beginning. Join us for an evening of thrilling individual and ensemble performances that will both touch your heart, and keep you on the edge of your seat. Each performance will also feature a 10 minute live talkback following the event.
MCC’s Youth Company and In School Partnerships are supported by The Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation, Tiger Baron Foundation, Harold J. Newman & Ruth Newman, Eric Rosedale, New York State Council on the Arts, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Please note that MCC Theater’s Department of Public Engagement & Education and its staff expect that works by the Youth Company may contain controversial language as they explore topics including (but not limited to) identity, violence, politics, sexuality, social justice, etc. Consequently, while content is dealt with responsibly, there are no restrictions on subject matter within the MCC Theater Youth Company
Jen Shirley is a native of Portland, Oregon. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and her MFA from The Institute For Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University, a joint program between the American Repertory Theatre and The Moscow Art Theatre. Further training includes The Actors Center Conservatory program.
Jen is a Drama Curriculum Specialist for K-12 Programs and Initiatives at the Juilliard School. She has worked as a Teaching Artist with Lincoln Center Theater, The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Arts Connection, The 92nd St Y, Early Stages, The American Globe Theatre, Theatre For A New Audience, The National Shakespeare Co, Enact, Stages of Learning, The Brooklyn Art Exchange (BAX), and The Professional Performing Arts School(PPAS). For the last 6 years, she has been a coach with Ignite CSP, a communications coaching company. She was the Shakespeare Instructor at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre for in their summer education program, and she is a co-founder of Creative Stages NYC, an arts-education company that serves students 3rd-12th grade.
She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Albert, their three beautiful children, and her dog, Louis.
This is Kevin’s second year as Co-Director of UNCENSORED at MCC and seventh year working with the Youth Company. Kevin also works in Education at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts as the Director of Visioning Labs. He was the recipient of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellowship at Lincoln Center, the 2019 Director Assistantship at Williamstown Theater Festival, and was a member of the Directing Fellow Pool at Manhattan Theater Club. Kevin is entering his final year in the MFA Theater Directing Program at Columbia University.
STAGE MANAGER- GARRETT MARKGRAF
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR- MJ JOHNSON
ALUMNI FELLOW- MICHELLE REISS