INTERVIEW: Atlanta’s Young Voices United School
Woodlawn Post talked with Mr. Starr from the No-Profit Organization Young Voices United (YVU). Young Voices United is all about providing a safe environment while teaching the youth about different forms of Artistic Expression along with a weekly radio talk show, Young Voices United Teen Talk!
WP: Good afternoon Mr. Starr, how are you doing this afternoon?
Mr. Starr: Hello Amanda, I’m doing fine. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to talk about Young Voices United, and our awesome students.
WP: Yes, so give me some background information about your company Young Voices United…
Mr. Starr: Young Voices United (YVU) is a Non-Profit Organization that provides a venue you for our youth to learn about all of the different forms of Artistic Expression in a safe, and nurturing environment. We teach Life Skills through performance arts. Our goal, or mission is to provide and enhance leadership skills in our youth. We make a difference in their lives, so that they can make a difference in the world.
WP: Do you have an upcoming projects or events dealing with Young Voices United?
Mr. Starr: There are always something new, brewing at YVU! We have a weekly radio talk show, Young Voices United Teen Talk. This is a show that talks about any and everything involving our youth. Each week there is a featured topic, and they also critic movies, music, video games, and hot topics. Listeners can call in and join in the discussion. The show is produced, written and presented by members of Young Voices United. You can listen in every Saturday at 5pm online @ http://tobtr.com/s/3126929 and you can call in at(424) 675-8258. We are also in production with Raisin in the Sun for our Adult/Teen classes and our Middle School students are in production with “Beauty is a Beast” We are also preparing for our Summer Camp Intensive that starts on June 4th and runs until Aug 5th, culminating in a production of The Wiz.
WP: What about any side projects or shows you have coming up? I heard around the way that you’re an actor yourself!
Mr. Starr: Side gigs? Oh, yes! I try to keep what I teach valid by continuing to perform myself. I’ve recently directed a piece for the Stephens Group called “Our Time Has Come” which opened at the 14th Street Playhouse and ran for three weeks. We are currently gearing up for our national tour that will start in June. I am also fortunate enough to be a part of the award winning Theater Company New African Grove! We recently won a national award for being the “Best New Theater Company.” We, as a company are very proud of this award, as we have worked very hard to establish a positive imagine, and a reputation for producing great community theater! Our upcoming production is “Gem of the Ocean” it will open in July at the South West Arts Center. In this particular piece I’ll get the opportunity to share the stage with some of Atlanta’s best! I am also privileged to direct this piece as well.
WP: Okay Mr. Starr, well I wish you success in all that you do! Thank you so much for taking the time out to interview for Woodlawn Post.
Mr. Starr: Thanks for having me, see YOU on stage!!
(Written by Intern Amanda Franklin and Edited by Adrian Mitchell for Woodlawn Post)
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