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Sweeping Statements

Being a teenager can be really hard. Especially if you've flunked out of school. Or your dad has disappeared.

2007 / Judith Sloan / , USA

Being a teenager can be really hard. Especially if you've flunked out of school. Or your dad has disappeared.

Or you're incarcerated at a juvenile detention center and don't see much hope for the future. And teaching those teenagers can be pretty hard too, as Judith Sloan can attest. She works with at-risk youth, teaching theater, writing, and juggling in alternative schools and jails. Most of her students are angry and at first reluctant to express themselves. But often, with some coaxing, they eventually do. And then Judith finds ways to shape their words and expressions into stories that are part-drama, part-documentary, and part-music.

One story in particular, Sweeping Statements, explores this process and the complicated lives of Judith's students.


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Judith Sloan

Judith Sloan is an actress, audio artist, oral historian, and educator whose multi-character solo performances combine humor, pathos, and a love of the absurd.


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