The InsideOut Youth Performance Troupe members are selected annually through a competitive submission process. These teens receive coaching, mentorship, and performance opportunities locally and regionally.

Interested in trying out?

Teens across Michigan are invited to submit a video of an original poetry performance. The top 4-5 videos will be awarded a position on the 2021 InsideOut Youth Performance Troupe, a copy of “Homie” by Danez Smith, and a $20 visa gift card. It is free to submit to this contest.

The 2021 Performance Troupe will be InsideOut’s primary performance and public engagement group for the year. They will work weekly with a writing mentor, perform at events monthly, publish a chapbook, and be offered other professional artistry opportunities and collaborations. In October of 2021, the Performance Troupe will be given the option to join the Citywide Poets’ Youth Advisory Board. All students age 13 to 19 who have participated or are currently participating in InsideOut or Citywide Poets programming are eligible. This includes but is not limited to participating in Citywide Poets, seeing an InsideOut Poet in your classroom, or participating in Louder Than A Bomb in 2019 or 2020. The 2021 InsideOut Youth Performance Troupe will remain active from April 2021 until June of 2022, with an option to opt out in October of 2021. Weekly meetings will be formed around the schedules of students.

Submissions will be open from February 20th – March 26th (11:59pm est.). Decisions and announcements will be made the week of April 5th.

Read the full guidelines and instructions here before submitting!

Submit Your Video