Children’s Bilingual Theater Bridges Language Gap and Teaches Tolerance
Jordan Schwartz became involved in community theatre in 2nd grade. That laid the foundation for her community project that brings theatre and language together. At 10 in 2003, she founded The Children’s Bilingual Theater. Jordan started with raising $3,000 in donations and getting schools to host the shows, then 17 kids 2nd grade to college age staged a bilingual play at 4 schools. CBT not only brought students together, but brought community volunteers to help make the shows a reality. Jordan’s project explores Hispanic language, culture and history and engages the diversity of our community. She has produced 4 bilingual musicals and 4 storytelling and literacy events leading 200 volunteers.
At age 11, Jordan became a disability rights advocate. In 2008 in an unprecedented move in selecting a 14 year old, the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Organizing Institute chose Jordan as one of 5 participants trained in organizing skills to return to their communities to promote systems change around issues that affect people with disabilities. Jordan wrote a bilingual play.
Mr. Ooba’s TEAM. addresses the issue of bullying of developmentally disabled and medically fragile children and diversity in our classrooms. Jordan’s work with The Children’s Bilingual Theater is an effort to encourage her community to bridge the language and cultural gap through theatre arts and to exemplify and teach tolerance.
Jordan is now 16 years old and looks forward to studying the biosciences with minors in global health and public policy complimented by non-profit management studies and will always support the arts.
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