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August 8, 2011

PETA Programs - MTTL

The PETA - Metropolitan Teen Theater League


The Metropolitan Teen Theatre League (MTTL) is the youth theater arm of the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA). It was founded by Cecile Guidote-Alvarez in 1968 and originally conceived as an alliance of school drama clubs to allow the youth to engage in the development of Philippine culture. Since then, it has become a seedbed of outstanding theater artists, cultural workers, and child educators.

The premise for its formation was that an essential component in the advancement of a National Theater Movement lies within the confines of the schools and communities. Thus, the MTTL was envisioned as an umbrella organization of community and school-based youth theater groups.

Today, the MTTL nurtures various youth groups under its thrusts of Theater-in-Education and Youth Participation. The focus of PETA's TIE is the use of theater as a tool for education and a powerful and effective medium of instruction. Its EDUCATION programs focus on enhancing the skills of a core group of youth artist-teachers who in turn train PARTNER groups in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. Training of partner groups includes capability building of young people, teachers and adult leaders. The annual Young People's Theater Festival and Youth Art Camp provide the students and teachers/adult leaders opportunities to explore and showcase their skills and crafts in public. For PERFORMANCE, the core youth group has developed plays tackling different issues of young people ∼ exploring innovative and popular art forms as vehicle for youth expression.

MTTL is determined to advocate the global call for Youth Participation and Empowerment as it continues to harness the power of theater and the arts as catalysts in tapping and developing the enormous potentials of the Filipino youth to be the future leaders of our society.

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