With Beyond Borders, YPT harnesses the virtual environment to break through barriers of distance, culture, artistic practice and resources. No longer bound by “place”, Beyond Borders forges new relationships with playwrights from across Canada and around the world to cultivate new works for young audiences at YPT.
YPT regularly engages in a two-phase play development process called Exploration and Commission. Exploration provides support for the artist to investigate their new concept while also providing the theatre with a deeper understanding of the intentions behind the work. If there is excitement from both the artist and YPT at the end of the Exploration phase, the work proceeds to Commission, a phase during which both artist and theatre commit to a process that will see the eventual production of the play.
Beyond Borders provides financial and artistic support to three playwrights/theatre creators to explore a new idea for a work for young audiences.
See our current projects below.
“Skin Bag” by Upasana Das
After the Kargil War, a single shirt is sent home. It carries with it the dreaded message that their father will not be returning. What legacy will this hand-me-down garment have on the two boys who remain?
Upasana Das is a postgraduate student in the Department of English, Jadavpur University. She is a writer, artist, translator and academic. Her research interests include postcolonial studies, modernist studies, visual culture and performance studies. Furthermore, she also researches the interconnectivity of literature, film, theatre, comics and the other arts.
Program & Study Guide
- School and Groups