August 3, 2016
by Ellen Spitaleri
“Seek first to understand, then to be understood,” said Kirk Mouser, adding, “Our youth in Clackamas County hold the key to our future.”
Mouser directs an upcoming play being staged by young people ages 14 to 18 in the Clackamas County Arts Alliance Youth Theatre for Change program.
The play, which was written by Jenni Green Miller in collaboration with these youths, expresses who they are and reveals their view of the world.
It will be presented in one performance only, at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 in the Osterman Theatre at Clackamas Community College.
The Clackamas County Arts Alliance operates Youth Theatre for Change as one of three projects in its Youth Arts for Change program. CCAA is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping arts and culture central to life in Clackamas County.
Mouser, the executive artistic director of Portland’s Stumptown Stages, has directed all five productions by the Youth Theatre for Change program, and this year worked for the first time with playwright Jenni Green Miller.
Miller said she listened to the young people interact with one another before introducing writing prompts and group discussions. The final product of this process is an original play based on the thoughts and ideas generated by the group.