TThe International

Theatre and Literacy Project


For information contact


Stephen DiMenna

Founder and Artistic Director


Founded in 2005, ITLP uses theatre as a means of

social uplift for children and young people living with the

challenges of poverty, crime, violence, gender inequity and

inequality in developing countries.


ITLP brings theatre artists to developing countries to conduct theatre workshops to teach English language proficiency, develop independent thinking, self-empowerment and gender equity. We strive to help underserved young people advance their educational and employment opportunities and nurtutre their voices as leaders to enable growth, change and community development.



Current ITLP Residencies


South Africa

In partnership with the iThemba Labantu Community Center

in Philippi Township and The Magnet Theatre in Cape Town



In partnership with The Agahozo Shalom Youth Village an orphanage and boarding school for Rwanda's most vulnerable youth and with LitWorld and Ready For Reading literacy programs in Rwinkwavu, Rwanda



In partnership with The Youth Theatre Project in Arusha and

The Youth Institute for Literacy and Creative Arts in Dar es Salaam





ITLP Board of Directors

Randy Graff

Dan Knechtges

Jonathan Herzog

Stefan Nowicki




ITLP Broadway Ambassadors

Nick Adams

Kathleen Chalfant

Randy Graff 

Dan Knechtges

Aubrey Lynch

Ben Pesner

Tonya Pinkins

Nilaja Sun

James Williams

Amanda Yesnowitz


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