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Embassy Of Spain Supports Theatre Training in Jamaica

Published:Saturday | April 9, 2016 | 4:01 AM
Miguel Sahid
Andrés Felipe
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The Embassy of Spain has invited two members of the Sociedad Actoral Hispanoamericana (SAH) - The Hispanic Acting Society of Miami - to visit Jamaica from April 11 to 15, to offer a one-week introduction to theatre workshop, entitled 'La Barraca', at the Alpha Institute (formerly Alpha Boys' School).

The activity, introduced to the curriculum for the first time, aims to support the professional training offered by the institution in order to aid in the process of growth, formation and development of the participants.

Students from the School of Drama at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, will also benefit, as the actors will offer two Master Classes at the School.

'La Barraca' makes reference to the work of the 19th century poet and dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca, considered one of Spain's greatest, and his travelling theatre of the same name with the objective of introducing theatre to marginalised groups and areas, in this instance at-risk youth at the Alpha Institute, an artistic point of reference in Jamaica.

MAGIC OF THEATRE

The SAH, established in 2006, is a company of actors, directors and producers that strives to carry on the tradition of theatre as an indispensable form of storytelling that serves to inspire, challenge, empower, and educate.

The SAH has an international and open-culture philosophy and believes in sharing knowledge and experience with individuals from different cultures. In its decade of existence the Society has held many acting workshops preparing actors, creating and transmitting the magic of theatre to thousands of people in Miami, other cities of the USA, Bogota, Colombia; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Madrid, Spain. SAH works closely with the Cultural Office of Spain in Miami.

The visiting actors, both recipients of international awards, are Miguel Sahid, the director and, acting coach with more than 30 years experience, who develops the workshops, and Andres Felipe, an actor with in excess of 15 years' experience in acting and 10 years in teaching, responsible for organising the society's projects.

This visit forms part of the 2016 cultural programme of the embassy. It represents another means by which the embassy provides support to key cultural institutions in the island. The belief is that theatre can be instrumental in the development of social skills, self-identify and the ability to communicate effectively.