Applications closing for META and KSF Programme “Home Grown”

SHARJAH: Applications are closing for the “Home Grown” programme presented by the Middle East Theatre Academy (META) and the Kevin Spacey Foundation (KSF). All youths aged between 18-25 living in the Middle East and North Africa region should apply by December 15th through KSF’s website.

Home Grown, which will be inaugurated in Sharjah Institute for Theatrical Arts under the patronage of Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, is an opportunity offered on a philanthropic basis to youth across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to develop their performance skills.

The programme will train youth representing up to seventeen different countries from the MENA region, exploring those who have potential and passion for the performing arts. This programme will encourage self-belief and expand horizons, developing the capacity of youth, providing them with everyday life skills to help their development and personal growth.

Kevin Spacey will be present at times throughout the project and will lead expert classes for participants in addition to observing rehearsals. The opening performance will take place in Sharjah in the UAE on the 25th of January 2015 at the Sharjah Institute for Theatrical Arts. Participants in the programme will have an opportunity to gain insight in the areas of physicality, movement, voice, characterisation, staging and stage craft.

The intensive theatre training programme will run at the Sharjah Institute for Theatrical Arts and will take place between 10-27 January 2015 to be offered completely free of charge for 35 youths from across the region. The programme will culminate in the production of a new play in Arabic and English with a regional theme which will be publicly performed in the UAE and elsewhere.

Launched in 2011, as a joint initiative with world-renowned screen actor, director and producer Kevin Spacey (KSF) , the Middle East Theatre Academy (META) is a first-of-its-kind Academy designed to introduce, influence, and nurture the youth of the region in the art of theatre, stage performance and related education.

The Kevin Spacey Foundation (KSF) was established in the United Kingdom in 2010 and in the United States in 2013.