AURORA, IL, USA, October 26, 2021 – The Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation (AWEF) has awarded Paramount Theatre a grant to support two female-focused Paramount Theatre programs starting in 2021 and 2022, with plans to continue funding the programs year after year.
The first of the two programs is the Paramount School of the Arts Theatre for Young Audiences touring show to bring the play Adelita—a musical odyssey that follows a 17-year old female folk hero of the Mexican Revolution—to local schools throughout Aurora for free. The second program—Paramount Theatre’s Inception Project—provides staged readings of world-premiere theatrical works written by, produced, and/or performed by female artists, including those from the black, indigenous, and BIPOC community.
“We believe in the power of the Paramount Theatre,” said Amy Baudouin, Board Chair, Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation (AWEF). “We have seen what Paramount has done to lift and transform Aurora, especially our downtown. And now, with this grant, we’re excited to see how they can help us in our mission to reimagine a women’s empowerment movement so that women and girls of all ages, races, ethnicities, and income levels feel respected and valued, and are nurtured to achieve their fullest potential.”
Both programs will be accompanied by talkback discussions and close examination of the play’s circumstances, characters, and themes. Talkbacks are designed to inspire thought-provoking conversations and spark meaningful action. The discussions will be facilitated by a subject matter expert and feature a panel from the artistic team including the playwright, director, and performers.