Starting in early 2022, The National Theatre Foundation is proud to partner with Ally Theatre Company and Ship and Anchor LLC to present ANCRD Voices as a part of Georgetown’s After School Kids (A.S.K.) program.
Devin Smith, CEO of Ship and Anchor LLC, and Lori Pitts, Artistic Director of Ally Theatre Company, developed a curriculum called ANCRD Voices that utilizes techniques from Theater of The Oppressed and creative journaling practices to allow students to explore social justice issues and become voices of change within their communities. ANCRD Voices is an acronym which stands for Anchored Navigators Creating and Reaching their Destinies.
Devin and Lori will implement their curriculum for students participating in the Georgetown A.S.K. program at the Social Justice School over a series of 9 workshops, beginning February 14, 2022. The program will culminate with a final performance, to be hosted at The National Theatre (date to be determined). Click on the tabs to learn more about our wonderful partners below!
Lori Pitts was appointed the Artistic Director of Ally Theatre Company in January 2022. Lori is the Founder and Executive Director of Voices Unbarred, an organization which uses theatrical tools to help amplify the voices of those currently and formerly incarcerated. Additionally, Lori is a facilitator, Theatre of the Oppressed Joker, teaching artist, actor, director, and improvisor in the DMV area. Learn more about Lori here.
Devin Smith is the Founder and CEO of Ship and Anchor. He is a business consultant and strategist passionate about inclusion and working with other entrepreneurs and leaders to bring innovative ideas to life. Devin’s experience spans a variety of sectors – political, academic, government, small diverse business, and multinational corporations. Learn more about Devin here.
The Georgetown After School Kids Program (A.S.K.), created in 1987, serves at-potential teens in the DC metropolitan area who are making positive strives in their lives and aiming to be catalysts for change in their communities. The ASK Program focuses on disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline through evidenced based practices such as supporting social justice education, providing socio-emotional learning skills, and using a near-peer model to provide one on one academic support and mentorship.
“The Social Justice School opened its doors in August 2020 to our inaugural class of 5th and 6th grade scholar activists. We believe in the importance of educating the whole child to become an informed global citizen. Our curriculum that focuses on social justice and design thinking enables our scholars to engage in meaningful work in our Liberation Design Lab and fosters their ability to have student led conferences throughout the school year with their teachers. Each day, we are building a close knit community that collectively pursues innovative solutions to social justice issues that plague our community and the world.”