The International Theatre and Literacy Project

Tanzania Playwriting Workshops


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In the Summer of 2005 Stephen DiMenna and Marianna Houston

conducted a playwriting workshop for Secondary School

students in Tengeru Village, Tanzania

The students wrote and performed an original play

in English for their community.



The experience had a profound effect on the students. It opened up their minds to independent thinking, creative problem-solving, improved their English language skills and changed

their perceptions of themselves as young artists

and citizens of the world.

In 2006 Stephen and Marianna founded

The International Theatre and Literacy Project.

Each Summer since they have taken a group of American theatre artists to Tanzania to conduct playwriting and literacy

workshops in rural villages in Government

Secondary Schools.




The students of Akeri Secondary School

rehearse and perform their original play

"Who Will Carry The Burden?"




SSix U.S. theatre teaching artists conducted workshops at

three schools, Akeri, Nshupu and Nkoanrua

in Tengeru Village working with 60 students.


three Secondary






In 2007 ten U.S. theatre teaching artists worked with

six groups of students at three schools

who created six orginal plays for their community.







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