Call for Storytellers – The Voices Project – Deadline 5/1/23

Are you a writer? Know a writer? Aspire to be a writer? Want to take a stab at writing? The Voices Project seeks submissions from storytellers, actors, poets, and writers (storytellers of ALL kinds!) that focus on our first theme – “Compassion” – and why it is important now more than ever. ALL levels of experience are welcome and encouraged to submit your work.

Stories will be shared online as part of an ongoing and innovative project and may be expanded for future projects (with authors credited and included, of course!). Submissions can be any length – including short pieces or paragraphs. The deadline for “Compassion” submissions is May 1, 2023.

For more information or to email submissions contact thevoicesproject2023@gmail.com.

Happy Writing!


Shakespeare in the Parking Lot – Auditions – 2/15 & 2/19

Inclusive Theater of WNY (ITOWNY), in collaboration with St. Mary’s High School, is looking for actors for our July 2023 production – Shakespeare in the Parking Lot – Twelfth Night at St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster, NY.

Auditions will be held on WEDNESDAY, February 15, 2023 from 6pm-9pm and on SUNDAY, February 19, 2023 from 1pm-4pm. We welcome you to prepare a monologue. Sides will also be available at the auditions. Email inclusivetheaterofwny@gmail.com with your preferred time slots (please include two-time options). Please also include a headshot/resume if you have them. Auditions are open to those who are age 13 and up.

If you are unable to audition at either time, please contact us to make alternative arrangements.

The show will take place July 14, 15, 16 at St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster (142 Laverack). The production will take place outdoors (unless there is inclement weather). Rehearsals for the show will begin in mid-May.

Inclusive Theater of WNY is committed to diversity at all levels: on our stage, in our audience, on our staff, and within our leadership. We want our stage to represent the amazing diversity of the Buffalo community. We strongly encourage candidates of diverse backgrounds to participate. ALL are welcome to audition!


Meet the Cast – Bekki Sliwa

Next is the darling and versatile, Bekki Sliwa!

Bekki is excited to perform in her first show with Inclusive Theatre of WNY! A graduate from the University at Buffalo with a B.A. in Theatre, Bekki has been acting and doing theatre since the age of six. She was last seen at Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre as Sarah in God’s Favorite. Some other favorite credits include: Stevie/Steve in the Artie-nominated She Kills Monsters (Subversive Theatre), Andie in Honky (Subversive Theatre), Daisy in Biloxi Blues (Desiderio’s), Annie in King O’ the Moon (Lancaster Regional Players), and Essie in You Can’t Take It With You (The Aurora Players). Come see what it’s Bekki’s paper bag this weekend! Friday and Saturday at 730pm and Sunday at 2pm. St Mary’s High School in Lancaster. Tickets Only $10 at the door! #itowny #inclusivetheaterofwny #inclusion #inclusionrevolution #wnyplaywrights


Meet the Cast – Queen Robinson

Next up is long time #itowny actor, Queen Robinson. Queen Robinson says “acting is so great and I love the stage and my mother always said I had a flare for the dramatic.” Three more chances to see Queen and the rest of the cast this weekend! Friday and Saturday at 730 and Sunday at 2pm. St. Mary’s high school in Lancaster! Tickets only $10 at the door! #inclusivetheaterofwny #inclusionrevolution #inclusion #wnyplaywrights