Directed/Produced by Laurel Butler
Northwest Auditorium at UCLA
March 17, 2018
The ACT TWO Performing Arts Program for Formerly Incarcerated and System-Impacted Los Angeles Youth began in the Fall of 2017 as a partnership between Aviva Family & Children's Services, the UCLA Visual and Performing Arts Program, and Agency Arts, an ad hoc teaching artist organization, with generous support from the California Arts Council's Re-Entry Through the Arts Grant.
In March of 2018, ACT TWO was presented as an evening-length original theatrical performance piece, collaboratively devised by a company of fifteen young artists directly impacted by the juvenile justice system, and directed and produced by Laurel, to a sold-out audience at UCLA's Northwest Auditorium. Subsequently, the 21st Century Fox Social Impact program offered to support the film version of ACT TWO, and so in July of 2018 the original stage show was adapted into a movie, with Laurel serving as Executive Producer.
In April of 2017, the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network proposed a merger with Agency Arts, and ACT TWO became the official pilot project for the Young Artivists Lab, a project-based re-entry through the arts program created and developed by Laurel for AIYN. Laurel has since become the Youth Development and Leadership Specialist for AIYN, supporting the development and coordination of the new re-entry programs including the Young Artivist's Lab and Youth to Power, a community-building program for youth recently released from incarceration at LA County probation facilities.