Everyone is guilty of something …

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It was an amazing second week at our three-week Teen Theatre Conservatory – we blocked movement for five-hours a day, designed our floor plan, created prop charts, designed costumes Natalie 3and our fantastic actress/scenic designer/artist, Ms. Natalie, organized her set painting crew and set to work using her talents and theirs to bring our designs to life on stage.

friends 3In just one more week, all our efforts and talents are going to create quite a show for our audiences. Put the dates and times on your calendar today and join us for DFT’s Teen Theatre Conservatory production of the master of mystery, Dame Agatha Christie’s, “Ten Little Soldiers.”

2 guys 1Show Dates & Times: Friday, July 25 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, July 26 at 5:00 pm

Show Place: Trinity Ave. Presbyterian Church, Corner of Gregson Street and Trinity Ave., downtown Durham near BrightLeaf Square. Free Parking in the lot on the Gregson Street side of the church. Enter through the door across from the playground. 

Download a “Ten Little Soldiers” flier and send it to all your friends. And Remember:

group photo 6Everyone is guilty of something.” See you there.

A GREAT Start to July!

As you can see from the pictures below, our Teen Theatre Conservatory is off to a great start this week – we’ve cast our full-length, breathtaking murder mystery, Agatha Christie’s “Ten Little Soldiers.” Designed our floor plan and spent an entire day developing our characters’ voices, movements and stories. Tomorrow we start blocking the stage movement and in two weeks you are invited to join us for a thrilling show – Friday, July 25 at 7 pm and Saturday, July 26 at 5 pm. Join the fun.

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Summertime, Summertime, Summertime!

friends 1“Will you go hunting with me tomorrow, father?” he asked. “I have learned much magic … I will turn myself into a hunting dog if you will go into the fields with me.” from “The Master of Magic,” a folk tale of the Azores

On Monday, June 9th the actors will arrive in a flurry of excitement for the first Durham Family Theatre camp of the summer. Teen interns will cut fresh fruit and help new arrivals with name tags and script folders. Bag lunches will be stored, table groups selected, goodbye said to family and hello to old friends and new. We’ll play a few “getting to know” you acting games and then DFT’S first ever “Play A Day” acting camp will really begin – Camp director and master storyteller, Jenny Justice, will tell the story of “The Master of Magic,” from the Azores. By the end of our first day of camps, the actors will have created, cast and performed their own story theatre production of this fantastical story.

acting games 1And the fun will have officially begun. It’s going to be an exciting summer of acting games, rehearsals, scene painting and performances with Durham Family Theatre. DFT went from three camps last summer to five theatre camps this summer – only to have three of the five fill completely by May.  We still have room for several more young actors in our “Play A Day” theatre camp 1, beginning this Monday, June 9th. And there are 5 places let in our fantastic 3-week Teen Theatre Conservatory.  Join us -

IMG_0197Just go to our DFT Summer Theatre Camps page to register today for “Play A Day” camp 1 or the Teen Theatre Conservatory.

See you in the spotlight.

Jenny Justice, DFT artistic director

The Devonté Squire Acting Apprenticeship


In Partnership with the North Carolina Central University Department of Theatre & Dance

 Is Pleased to Announce

The Devonté Squire Acting Apprenticeship – 2014

The Devonté Squire 2014 Apprentice will be paid $1,200 total for working as an actor in a main stage DFT production of “The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963,” from the Newbery and Coretta Scott King Award winning novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, adapted by Reginald André Jackson. The apprentice is expected to work 15-hours per week for 8 and 1/2 -weeks, beginning on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

All qualified NCCU Department of Theatre and Dance students are welcome to apply & audition for the Devonté Squire Acting Apprenticeship 2014 – significant roles for women and men are available in the play.

To read the apprenticeship qualifications and learn how to apply for the first year of the

Devonté Squire Acting Apprenticeship go to the DSAA page of this website.

To support Durham Family Theatre’s commitment to establishing long-term financial accessibility for all our programs, go to the Donate to DFT page.

The DSAA 2014 is funded in part through a grant from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation. 


Summer Youth Works for DFT!


The AD works side-by-side with artistic director, Jenny, Justice, for 30 hours per week to facilitate the smooth, successful running of FIVE Summer Theatre Camps – The AD is a major support for our volunteer summer interns (YOU CAN APPLYImage FOR DFT INTERNSHIPS TODAY!)  For our 2nd summer, this important position is funded by the Mayor’s Summer Youth Works program through the Office of Economic and Workforce Development

Meet Taylor Walker

Performing arts (theatre and singing) are Taylor Walker’s passion. At the age of two Taylor made her television debut in the City’s “Good Things Are Happening in Durham” commercial waving to a friendly sanitation worker. Since then Taylor has performed at various venues including St. Bartholomew’s Church (New York); Riverside Church (New York); Carnival Cruise Line (Grand Caymons, Jamaica); Durham Arts Council; North Carolina Central University’s Farrison–Newton Theatre; Hayti Heritage Center; and the Durham Performing Arts Center. Taylor’s most notable performance to date has been in The Color Purple at NCCU. Her local theatrical credits also include Dream Girls, High School Musical 2, Alladin, Becca, Cinderah and If It Wasn’t For Elise.

Taylor is proud to be Northern Knight as a rising junior at Durham’s Northern High School. Recently she was re-elected to serve as class president for the 2014-15 school year, and served as president of the 2013-14 Junior Leadership Durham class graduating with honors for outstanding community service.

ImageLast summer Taylor volunteered at the Durham Arts Council, assisting performing arts instructors and elementary age campers with administrative, logistical and teaching activities related to dance, theater and chorus.

Taylor, a Durham native, credits her family and church for nurturing her gifts of service and song. She is a member of North East Baptist church where she is active in various ministries.

Our volunteer summer theatre interns will meet Taylor at DFT’S Internship Training Day (and donut bash) on Saturday, June 7th from 10 am – noon. APPLY TO BE A DFT SUMMER INTERN TODAY

Coming Up Roses!


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Curtain up! Light the lights! You got nothing to hit but the heights!

You’ll be swell. You’ll be great. I can tell. Just you wait.
That lucky star I talk about is due!
Honey, everything’s coming up roses for me and for you!
From “Gypsy,” with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and music by Jule Styne

People who participate in DFT largely through our performances sometimes ask me what goes on when I’m not directing plays or teaching classes – Of course there is much to do year-round to keep our theatre strong and growing – and much more when a small not-for-profit is bursting at the seams, ready to build on our first four years of success in living our mission – looking ahead to shaping and funding our fifth season and beyond.

To be certain the vital administrative work is celebrated along with our more public accomplishments, here are a few of our recent administrative successes –

FIRST! Durham Family Theatre has received the Mary Duke Biddle Grant for our 2014-2015 season – specifically to support our efforts toward long-term financial accessibility in scholarships, apprenticeships and outreach to financially challenged communities.  ALONG WITH MANY OTHER funding sources, we will use the $3,000 MDB grant to effectively reach into our underserved community in East Durham, to kick-off an apprenticeship program allowing DFT to employ one acting apprentice in a main stage production each year and establish reliable funding sources for our already active scholarship programs. THANK YOU to Mary Duke Biddle for this significant support.

AND we were able to put the grant to immediate use by attending the Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s annual Youth Jobs Fair at Holten Resource Center in East Durham. It was a wonderful event – I gave out dozens of fliers and summer position applications while meeting over 50 youth and young adults, 48 of whom signed up for more information on summer camp internships and a summer camp assistant director position with DFT.

AND of the fantastic 48 sign-ups, one fantastic applicant demonstrated both the interest and the experience to be hired as our Summer Camp Assistant to the Director. This position is funded through the OEWD with the Mayor’s Summer Youth Works program. I’ll announce our assistant camp director’s name in a few weeks, complete with photo and bio, so check back.

There’s more to tell, but I won’t overwhelm you today. I’ll just say “stay posted” for more of the roses coming up at DFT this spring. (AND DON’T DELAY SIGN UP TODAY FOR OUR AMAZING SUMMER THEATRE CAMPS!)

Warmly, Jenny Justice

How to be taken seriously as an actor -

Ms TaylorHow do you get taken seriously as an actor?

Take acting seriously, and have a great time doing it -

Izzie Ricardo

DFT Teen Theatre Conservatory 2014

DATES: July 7 – 26, 2014

AGES: 12 – 18 years

DAYS: Monday – Friday (Public performances on final Friday and Saturday nights of the conservatory)

join the gangTIMES: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm plus two evening performances

WHERE: Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, corner of Gregson St. & Trinity Ave., downtown Durham, NC

FACULTY: Jenny Justice (MFA, theatre, Boston University; MDiv, Harvard)

COST: $ 375.00 (SCHOLARSHIPS are available!)

roryREGISTER: With a card online at DurhamFamilyTheatre.wordpress.com (Theatre Camps page) or by check in the mail to DFT, PO Box 61894, Durham, NC 27715

CONTACT: Jenny Justice, artistic director, durhamfamilytheatre@gmail.com, (919) 286-5717, DFT PO Box 61894, Durham, NC 27715