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Kaleb D’Aguilar More Passionate about Theatre after Trip to New York Workshop

Kaleb D’Aguilar has always loved drama but after his participation in a week-long Cultural Sustainable Theatre Workshop in New York City, the sixth form student studying History, Sociology, Literature and Caribbean Studies at Ardenne High is now more committed and passionate about theatre and plans to incorporate drama, film and theatre into his studies as a serious endeavor.

“I plan to study Anthropology and International Development at university but this experience has been an eye opener and I am thinking more seriously about implementing theatre into my studies. I have gained new insight into the person I am and the direction I want to take my life” Kaleb pointed out, adding that now he feels more secure and comfortable with his talent.

Three students, Kaleb D’Aguilar from Ardenne High School, Davia Blake from St. Andrew’s High and Kingston College’s Jovaughn Vanriel participated in the workshop from March 20 to 25 which was made possible through the assistance of the RuJohn Foundation, the United Nations and the Office of the Prime Minister.

Kaleb noted that his experience was amazing and included creative writing such as plays, stories, poems, self-analysis writing, meeting with established actors and actresses, and performance of original pieces. These, he said gave him clarity on the challenges he was facing with his drama and helped him to understand his personality more. “Coming out of the workshop, I have developed stronger writing skills, imaginative skills, confidence, and creativity and was able to gain clarity on my future goals.”

In offering advice to students who have an interest in theatre but are having challenges, Kaleb says, “Everyone has a different talent even in the same craft so even if you feel you are not as good as someone else, you can be best at your talent and always try and work on your downfalls.”

He pointed out that his fellow participant, Davia Blake is an amazing performer but it was through the sessions at the workshop that this was realized. He said students and adults alike should always try “to put themselves out there” to garner the necessary experience.

The upper sixth form student, who has participated in several of the speech and drama festivals organized by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), said he is excited to share what he has learnt with the members of his Drama Club.

The Workshop was held at the African Burial Ground in New York City and culminated with a performance to commemorate the International Day for the Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

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