Speaking Up!

Speaking Up!

In 2014, Young Players Theater (now Brooklyn Acting Lab) developed the original production, Speaking Up!, thereby launching it’s Theater for Young Audiences Program. Speaking Up! was brought to elementary schools throughout the 2014 season.

The play follows the journey of one young girl as she begins to find her voice.  The piece runs approximately 35 minutes and is adapted with two versions geared toward audiences K-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grade.

Young Players Theater debuted Speaking Up! at PS 58 in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Students journeyed with us into the magical world of rhyme, rap, and song, as one young girl struggles to find her voice.


Location: This show is designed to travel. Locate a performance at a school or theater near you, or schedule a performance at your own school or theater.

Length: 35 minutes

Audience: Created for grades K through 5

Pre-Show Materials: Click here for teacher materials designed to help prepare students for the Speaking Up! experience.

Marielle Duke


Marielle is thrilled to be creating Speaking Up alongside the YPT team! She has been rocking various hats in Young Players Theater since 2011 and currently serves as their Director of Education. Across the boroughs, she has devised new plays with students from 2-20 years old. She has written adaptations of Gogol’s The Inspector General, Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories , way too many folk tales to count and is currently collaborating on a new devised version of Faust. Outside of Young Players Theater, her plays have been developed with Flux Theater Ensemble and Oracle Theater Inc. She holds a BA in Theater (Directing) and Creative Writing from Drew University and a Masters in Educational Theater from CCNY. You can find out more about her theatrical adventures at www.marielleduke.com

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