Bottom's Dream - Press Release

A Bottomless Thanks: USC NAI Incoming Seniors Make Magic With Shakespeare’s Midsummer’s Night Dream!

Los Angeles, June 25, 2016 Photos by Karla Paredes

​ In fifteen days, sixty South Los Angeles students studied and mounted a summer showcase based on Shakespeare’s famous romantic comedy of love gone awry: live theatrical scenes, a dumb show, a violinist, Donkey-Head art exhibit and free love potion for all. Students are incoming seniors in the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative and Foshay Learning Center as well as newly inducted AP English Literature scholars. The showcase culminated the first leg of a summer of intense preparation for these aspiring first-generation college students, which will include a college app bootcamp and SAT classes, in addition to this two week long immersion in the 400 year-old piece of dramatic work. Over a hundred family and friends gathered to beat the heat wave through the magic of theater and the literature-inspired camaraderie of the teens who brought Bottom’s Dream to life.

See our slideshow!

Also, read our program and art exhibit overview.

Jacqueline Jean Barrios
Foshay Learning Center

Neighborhood Academic Initiative

USC NAI Theater Workshop under the direction of Jacqueline Barrios and Paul David Story, aims to grow south LA students’ study of literature through the performing arts. The workshop seeks to go beyond the limits of a traditional classroom to inspire a love of literature and learning. ​
Flyer Design by Kenia Coyoy, USC NAI Theater Workshop Alumni