YOUTH EQUITY PODCAST: AMPLIFYING YOUTH VOICE FOR CHANGE
History UnErased and Houses on the Moon Theater Company have teamed up for our Youth Equity Podcast training program--designed to help NYCDOE middle and high school students express, shape, and share remarkable stories from their lives! We believe real human stories spark transformation and that students' unheard stories have the power to create real change in our world.
This programming is funded by the NYC Council
The podcasting training sessions foster youth empowerment and employ a dynamic mix of conversation, storytelling, creative writing exercises, and games to guide students in the development of a new podcast series exploring equity and inclusion in their worlds. Facilitators with Houses on the Moon will provide additional dedicated, periodic follow-up creative work sessions to support student podcasting teams with additional instruction in interview technique, script-writing, story and sound editing, recording, and music and sound design.
This page will be updated regularly with calendar dates and information about the podcast development process!
ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATIONS
History UnErased's mission is to bring LGBTQ US history, as it intersects with race, gender, and nationality, into the mainstream curriculum to ensure all students learn a more complete, complex, and empowering story of America.
Since 2017, History UnErased has been providing NYCDOE educators with the training and resources they need to integrate and/or support our LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum. View the calendar of virtual PD with 60+ digital, interactive instructional materials for K-12 classrooms (FREE with CTLEs) here.
History UnErased's Intersections and Connections curriculum is a whole-school approach and includes three intertwined components: professional learning, ongoing mentorship, and our growing library of digital LGBTQ-inclusive primary-source-based instructional resources. These components work together to provide schools with the supports they need to teach all students a more accurate reflection of who "We the people" includes, which is paving the way for lasting societal change that is welcoming and safe for all LGBTQ people.
Listen to History UnErased podcasts HERE
Houses on the Moon Theater Company (HOTM) was founded in 2001 with a mission to dispel ignorance and isolation through the theatrical amplification of unheard voices.
Through creative workshops, original performances in Off-Broadway and non-traditional venues, post-show conversations, and accessible ticketing, HOTM brings communities together through the public sharing of untold stories. Over the past twenty years, HOTM has created nine original pieces. Learn more here.
All HOTM projects are created through a unique development process that prioritizes deep engagement and long-term collaboration with the communities whose stories we tell. Through this process we create theater that is both artistically original and of service; high-quality theater presented on the professional stage and also employed by communities as a tool for civic engagement, education, support, and professional training around the complex issues of our time.
Listen to Houses on the Moon podcasts HERE
MEET OUR FACILITATORS
Dinah Mack (She/Her/Hers) is a veteran middle school Social Studies teacher and has Master's degrees in both Education and Cultural Anthropology. Dinah is the author of two books and has worked as a freelance curriculum writer, technology integrationist, and K-12 teaching coach. Dinah has developed and run youth activism programming for more than ten years and is currently History UnErased’s youth equity program coordinator and professional learning facilitator.
Emily Joy Weiner (She/Her/Hers) is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Houses on the Moon Theater Company. Since 2001, she has been creating, developing, performing, producing, and directing new works that address the complex and sensitive issues of our time. Emily has also served as a teaching artist facilitating creative workshops in the NYC public schools for the past 20 years. The League of Professional Theatre Women recently honored Emily with the Josephine Abady Award for her work with Houses in the creation of multicultural works. She is currently writing and developing a new play called SHARED SENTENCES which will premiere Off-Broadway in 2022.
Mor Erlich (He/Him/Mor) is an animator, educator, and creator of the SezMe web series which captures unscripted interviews with children of all backgrounds to encourage conversations about gender identity, gender fluidity, and gender expression. Mor's multidisciplinary educational programs offer affirming, uplifting, colorful, and engaging entertainment for the whole family. Mor is currently a facilitator for History UnErased’s professional learning and youth equity programming.
Jeffrey Solomon (He/Him/His) is the Co-Founder of Houses on the Moon Theater Company in New York and has taught theater and storytelling workshops for over three decades. His solo play 'MotherSON' has been presented as an educational and support tool around LGBTQI issues worldwide. He has been featured in the U.S. on National Public Radio and is a Moth Grand Slam Storytelling Champion. Jeff is the host and director of the Houses on the Moon Podcast.
Fatima (Timmy) Al-Muntafik (They/Them) is an accomplished musician and taught elementary and secondary level Arabic Language and Musical Arts courses in Baghdad, Iraq, prior to moving to the United States in 2015. They are currently in a college of education program at California State University of Pennsylvania, a member of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, and a facilitator for History UnErased’s professional learning and youth equity programming.
Raliegh Neal, Jr. (Composer) has 50 years of music playing the piano and sharing the stage of musical legends like Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Omar Lye-Fook, Nile Rogers, John Mayer, Guru, Stacy Lattisaw, Be Be Winans, Malik Yoba and Michael Franti & Spearhead. Raliegh also has over 20 years of experience working with inner-city youth at the CityKids Repertory. He was the Music Composer for the Emmy nominated TV show “CityKids,” a project involving the Jim Henson Company for ABC television. At present, Raliegh is an Artist Master Teacher with the People’s Conservatory in Oakland.