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Bonfire + Open Mic with Joey Jennings + Black Atticus


We're inviting highschool students, their parents, mentors, and teachers to join us for our first ever Family Night with our Homegrown Fellows. We'll enjoy s'mores, a bonfire, and a theatre-centered open mic hosted by community artists, Joey Jennings and Black Atticus.

We encourage students to bring monologues, songs, and spoken word poems to share. Pieces may be original or pre-written work by other authors and playwrights. Perfect performances are not necessary! ;)

About Homegrown Fellows

Homegrown Fellows is a high energy, theatre-centered immersive arts program for high-school students who demonstrate a concentrated interest in the performance arts. The program will cover all major facets of theatre production including playwriting, acting, directing, production, technical direction, stage design, lighting design, marketing, and fund sourcing. 

Admission will be accepted on a rolling basis until February 22.

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About Us

The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. was founded in 1969 and chartered in 1970. We are a Knoxville-based professional, multi-generational ensemble company dedicated to the production of new works. We work in partnership with community artists, activists, cultural workers, storytellers, and leaders to create original, theatrical works. Our mission is to give artistic voice to the issues and dreams of people who have been silenced by racism, classism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and other forms of oppression. 

Artistic Vision

Our artistic vision is rooted in the practice of revealing, reframing, and reclaiming the hidden stories of our communities. We begin by listening deeply to the each other's narrative. We believe that this process is what reveals the beauty of our collective experiences. Listening to each other deeply creates space for us each to embrace the hardest parts of our stories while leaning into the freedom of healing in spite of them. We believe that this process also has the power to reframe our experiences and provide the kinds of healing it takes to release us from strongholds that have held us hostage over time.