Stargate Theatre Project: DEEPER THAN SKIN In August I was invited to photograph a group of youth during the final rehearsal before they performed there powerful original theater piece. The Stargate Theatre Company, a project of Manhattan Theatre Club’s Education Department, performed an original piece, Deeper Than Skin, on Saturday, August 22nd at MTC- Stage II at New York City Center. The Stargate Theatre Company provides youth the paid opportunity to engage in a theatre-making experience that develops workforce readiness and life skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. With the guidance of Stargate’s Co-Artistic Directors, Emmy Award-winner and playwright Judy Tate and director Stephen DiMenna, the ensemble composed, rehearsed and performed this drama reflecting their collective identity and their aspirations, ideas and fears about themselves and the world. Deeper Than Skin is a forty-five minute original play inspired by the company members’ reflections on family and home life. Through expressionistic poetry, dramatic dialogue, commentary on current events, and dance, Deeper Than Skin explores how legacy impacts and influences all aspects of the creators’ lives.