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Perseverance Theatre is officially accepting auditions for an upcoming production of Indecent by Paula Vogel, directed by Hannah Wolf. Those auditioning will receive sides and music  from the show and will be asked to submit a self-taped video for consideration.

The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2023. Only non-union contracts available.

This show will be produced and performed in Juneau and then transfer to Anchorage.

Juneau Rehearsals: Jan 9 – Feb 15, 2024

Juneau Performances: Feb 16 – Mar 3, 2024

Anchorage Rehearsals: Mar 12 – Mar 15, 2024

Anchorage Performances: Mar 15 – Mar 24, 2024

To request audition sides or to ask questions, please email


Set in the early 20th century, Indecent follows the true story of Sholem Asch’s controversial play, “God of Vengeance.” As this groundbreaking Yiddish work journeys from the stages of Europe to Broadway, it faces censorship and fierce opposition due to its lesbian protagonists. Through ensemble storytelling and evocative live music, Indecent explores the persecution of Jewish artists and the undeniable impact of work that pushes the boundary. This Tony Award-winning play will affirm the enduring power of art to provoke, inspire, and ultimately transform lives.


Looking for non-union actors to play the roles listed on the following page. Those auditioning will be asked to submit a self-taped video of themselves with the sides and music from the show for consideration. Accompaniment will be provided with music.

Casting is open to actors of color, as well as non-binary, trans, and gender non-conforming actors regardless of the documented gender identity, race/ethnicity of the characters. Jewish actors are encouraged to apply. 

While the characters and story are based on real events – the play and production is not an accurate historical drama.

Please be aware that we cannot alter the pronouns used in the script so actors should be comfortable with the pronouns assigned to the character they are auditioning for.


The Stage Manager, LEMML – 30-50, Male, Any Race/Ethnicity (Ensemble Vocalist)

A passionate and curious stage manager, often underestimated by his peers, yet finds the strength to go on when others can’t. Must be able to sing, dance, and do/learn Yiddish accent.

The Ingénue, CHANA – 20-35, Female, Any Race/Ethnicity (Solo Vocalist) 

Plays several characters in the show. Must be able to differentiate between characters physically, vocally, and stylistically. Roles vary from upbeat, snobby, and eager. Must be able to sing, dance, and do/learn Yiddish and Lithuanian accents. Must be willing to engage in both same-gender and opposite-gender kisses, same-gender touching and get rained on onstage. There will be an intimacy director. Characters played: Rifkele, Young Madje Asch, Elsa, Immigrant, Reina/Ruth, Virginia, Bagelman Sister

The Ingénue, AVRAM – 20-35, Male, Any Race/Ethnicity (Ensemble Vocalist) 

Plays several characters in the show. Must be able to differentiate characters physically, vocally, and stylistically. Roles vary from excitable, worn out or hopeless, and naive. Must be able to sing, dance, and do/learn a Polish accent. Must be willing to engage in opposite-gender kissing. There will be an intimacy director. Characters played: Sholem Asch, Immigrant, Morris, Eugene O’Neill, John Rosen

The Middle, HALINA – 35-50, Female, Any Race/Ethnicity (Solo Vocalist)  

Plays several characters in the show. Must be able to differentiate characters physically, vocally, and stylistically. Roles vary from professional, nonchalant, and apprehensive. Must be able to sing,  dance, and learn/do a Yiddish accent. Must be willing to engage in same-gender kissing and touching, and get rained on onstage. There will be an intimacy director. Characters played: Manke, Immigrant, Freida, Deine/Dorothee, Dr. Hornig, and Bagelman Sister

The Middle, MENDEL – 35-50, Male, Any Race/Ethnicity (Solo Vocalist)

Plays several characters in the show. Must be able to differentiate characters physically, vocally, and stylistically. Roles vary from stubborn, authoritative, and explorative. Must be able to sing, dance, and learn/do a Yiddish accent, French, Spanish, and Chinese pronunciations. Characters played: Nakhmen, Immigrant, Harry, Officer Bailie, Rabbi Silverman

The Elder, OTTO – 50-65, Male, Any Race/Ethnicity (Ensemble Vocalist) 

Plays several characters in the show. Must be able to differentiate characters physically, vocally, and stylistically. Roles vary from boisterous, disappointed, and apologetic. Must be able to sing, dance, and learn/do German and Yiddish accents.  Characters played: Yekel, Mr. Peretz, Schildkraut, Immigrant, Bartender, Judge McIntyre, Older Scholem Asch

Please note that the role of The Elder / VERA has already been cast.

We hope to see your audition!

Please reach out to with any questions.

Perseverance Theatre announces 45th season in Juneau and Anchorage

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Perseverance Theatre, Alaska’s premiere regional theatre, will present three titles in Juneau and Anchorage for their 2023-2024 season. Led by Artistic Director Leslie Ishii, Perseverance Theatre’s 45th Anniversary Season will bring a cult musical revival, a Southeast-Asian romantic comedy, and a timely piece on censorship to Juneau and Anchorage. 

Kicking off the season is the cult-classic musical, Hedwig and The Angry Inch, with a book by John Cameron Mitchell, music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. First staged at Perseverance Theatre during their 2004-2005 season, this radical rock spectacle is revived on the Perseverance Mainstage for new and returning fans of the musical and production. Hedwig and The Angry Inch performs in Juneau September 15th, 2023 through October 1st, 2023. Anchorage performances will take place October 13th, 2023 through October 22nd, 2023

Next up in Juneau will be Madhuri Shekar’s intercultural rom-com, A Nice Indian Boy. Writing for HBO, Netflix, and ABC Studios, Shekar crafts a vibrant and touching intercultural rom-com that explores the complexities of family, tradition, and identity in A Nice Indian Boy. This title will perform in Juneau on the Perseverance Theatre Mainstage from December 1st through December 17th, 2023

Closing out their 45th season is Indecent, a play by previous Perseverance Theatre collaborator and internationally-acclaimed playwright Paula Vogel. Following the journey of Sholem Asch’s controversial play “God of Vengeance”, this powerful piece is the winner of two Tony Awards, including Best Direction of a Play in 2017. Indecent performs in Juneau from February 16th, 2024 until March 3rd, 2024. The production will travel to Anchorage for performances from March 15, 2024 through March 24th, 2024.  “Our Perseverance Theatre Team works with great care to select our seasons— we listen deeply and work to support the conversations that our communities are working to bring forward for a just and equitable world. We welcome everyone to celebrate our communities and the incredible artistry and talent of Alaska as we produce this 2023-2024 Season”, says Artistic Director Leslie Ishii. Information regarding Season Subscriptions, ticket sales, and other artists working on the production will be announced in the coming weeks.

Download the press release

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39th Annual Travel Raffle Winners

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Grand Prize – Kathleen Harper – Ticket 1500
2nd Prize – Tessany Alrich – Ticket 0692
3rd Prize – Maddie Sayet – Ticket 0564
4th Prize – Jane Oato – Ticket 1697
5th Prize – Mark Hickey – Ticket 0009
6th Prize – Deb Craig – Ticket 1533
7th Prize – Janice Hurley – Ticket 1048
8th Prize – Barb Hegel – Ticket 0590
9th Prize – Peter Mores – Ticket 0336
10th Prize – Laura Aldrich – Ticket 0710
11th Prize – Leslie Ridle – Ticket 0160
12th Prize – Mary Vegza – Ticket 0366

STAR 2023

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Registration is now closed for STAR 2023

Welcome, STAR Campers!

STAR (Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous) is a theatre arts summer program for youth between 12–18 years old in which students will develop the skillsets that align with their interests. This summer we will have three, week-long tracks for students to choose from (or choose all three). Students can choose from Playwriting & Directing, Acting, or Musical Theatre & Production (or all three) and hone their skills with the guidance and mentorship of Teaching Artists. 

Each of these tracks is geared towards building the students skills as an artist and community member, so that we may continue to develop our local artists pool, and build a healthy arts ecology for Tlingít Aaní and beyond. 

The program is student-driven, so each camper will be encouraged to honor their inner artist, and to use their own unique skill set to develop a performance piece that speaks from their unique perspective. 

Students will have the opportunity to opt in to any week-long intensive, or may choose to 

attend all three weeks and see an original piece through from creation to performance. 

Choose Your Adventure:

Playwriting and Directing Intensive

July 17th – July 21st, 2023. 

This week-long intensive is geared towards supporting the artistry of young writers, poets, and visionaries. Campers will explore as actor, playwright, and director to build imaginative worlds from the ground up. By stepping into each role, campers will deepen their understanding of the craft as both the performer and the playwright. Over the course of the week, campers will work to write and direct their own 10-minute plays, working through a first, second, and final draft. This camp will culminate in a staged-reading showcase for family and friends. (Ages 12+)

Acting Intensive

July 24th – 28, 2023

This program is meant to bring artists onto the stage and into their bodies. Campers are invited to bring their own monologues (published, or one that was developed during Week One) that will be explored throughout the week. Starting with table work, we will develop our acting, character work, and scene analysis skills. From the table, students will then have the opportunity to get scenes and monologues onto the Mainstage to further develop their characters. This week culminates in a student-devised showcase, in which students will present pieces worked on through the week. (Ages 12+) 

Musical Theatre and Production Intensive

July 31st – August 4th, 2023

Students will have two tracks to choose from for this week – Musical Theatre or Production. Campers that choose the Musical Theatre track will have the chance to work on musical solos, and duos. Students will also practice ensemble building by learning a group number. Campers that choose the Production track will flex their creativity, and will develop their skills in technical work that collaborates with the performance aspects of theatre. (Tuition: $150 / Ages 12+)

Scholarships Available! Questions? Email RALBERTO@PTALASKA.ORG

Pursuing Opportunity: Perseverance Theatre Apprenticeships

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Interview With The Artist

Internships are a valuable way to learn if a future career in theatre are a good fit for you. If you enjoyed theater in high school or are simply interested in exploring working as a theater professional, Perseverance Theatre has opportunities for you. 

Every year, Perseverance Theatre invites early-career professionals to join us for a season-long apprenticeship. Located on Tlingit Aani in Juneau, AK, these apprentices get practical, on-the-job experience producing professional theatre on the Perseverance Mainstage. Apprentices will work with Artistic Director Leslie Ishii, Managing Director Frank Delaney, Associate Producer Joseph Biaginni, and Marketing and Engagement Director Rio Alberto to complete a variety of tasks based on the specific needs of our Mainstage productions. 

These apprenticeships are fast-paced, multi-disciplinary, cross-departmental, and grounded in community offerings. Perseverance Theatre is guided by the values of Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Access (JEDIA). This apprenticeship is unlike other regional theatre experiences. By taking a holistic approach to learning and being involved as part of our team, Perseverance supports apprentices to become active leaders and members of our artistic community. 

As a part of that commitment, Perseverance manages an apprenticeship program that begins in August 2023 and goes through April 2024. This includes a $200 weekly stipend, housing, travel, and local transportation are provided. Perseverance Theatre recognizes there are very real social and economic barriers to accessing higher education. We are committed to an equitable application process, and encourage all to apply, regardless of level of experience or education. 


Perseverance Theatre is Alaska’s largest professional theatre committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of staff, apprentices, and individuals. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Leslie Ishii and Managing Director Frank Delaney, Perseverance produces musical, contemporary, and world premiere productions in Juneau and Anchorage. Founded in 1979 by Molly Smith and the community of Douglas and Juneau, Perseverance Theatre has grown to become a nationally-recognized institution that produces new works and uplifting Alaskan voices.

Interview with 2021-2022 Artistic Fellow Irene Martinko

Rio Alberto sat down with Artistic Fellow Irene Martinko before her departure to the Olney Theatre Center. Irene Martinko is a dramaturg, writer, producer, and performer currently working as Olney Theatre Center’s Casting and Producing Fellow. Originally from Springfield, VA, she graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2018 with a major in Theatre and minors in Music and Women and Gender Studies. From New York to Alaska, Irene has worked for regional theatres across the country including Perseverance Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, and the Adirondack Theatre Festival. Perseverance credits include: With (Assistant Director and Dramaturg), Silent Sky (Margaret), and Voyager One (Dramaturg). She also served as a Staff Writer with Onstage Blog for which she wrote opinion pieces, theatre news updates, and artist profiles, and her children’s chapter books can be found on Amazon. Irene is most passionate about new play development and is a member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and Ring of Keys.

Rio: How did you come about this artistic internship and Perseverance?

Irene: I graduated with a degree in directing, and that was in 2018. I knew that I wanted to go into an internship. There are a lot of different ways to start working in theater, but to me, internships felt like a stable way of getting into theater.

Where you can learn and grow without the pressure of being thrown headfirst into something, where you’re allowed to grow and learn. I was looking for different opportunities and at that point in my life, I was willing to work anywhere, I will live anywhere, and I’m so excited to travel. Where can I go? For the first time around, I started working for the Florida Studio Theater. I really loved it.

At that point in my life, I wanted something completely different. What’s completely different from Florida, is Alaska. I found this internship and was very interested in the idea of spending time in Alaska, I was very interested in the work that they were doing. I had this mindset that I wanted an adventure, to me, that felt like an adventure.

I applied, but I didn’t expect anything and wasn’t sure what my next steps were. When I got the position, I thought someone would fly me to Alaska so I could go do theater. The rest is history.

Rio: Where did you do your undergraduate?

Irene: Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania.

Rio: What was your favorite experience at Perseverance Theatre?

Irene: There were so many great experiences at PT! I enjoyed being in Silent Sky, that was very fun for me. I hadn’t acted in a long time. I loved the story, the cast, and I loved the design. There were so many things about that that were very exciting. I feel like I learned a lot from that process. Throughout the last three years one of the things I loved about PT is I’ve been able to work in different departments and do so many different things. The things that have excited me about each project is different. They all have their own victories.

Rio: If you were to return to PT again, what kind of projects would interest you?

Irene: It would depend on specific names. There are so many amazing playwrights and writers in Alaska. To be able to support those playwrights. I think we have so much writing talent in the state and PT is in a position to support them and nurture that. I would be excited to see those new plays.

Rio: Any thoughts on the most surprising thing about doing theater in Alaska?

Irene: I’m from the lower-48 and I had this idea of Alaska in my head. It’s not the same as when I first arrived. I am so glad I was able to learn what it’s like to live in Juneau. There is so much I’ve learned about the Native culture, and the way that theater functions. It was a surprise to me that there was a theater here at all. Maybe that sounds bad because there is theater everywhere. I think that all of us who work at PT get that, when we talk to people in the lower-48, and they are surprised we have theaters in Alaska.

An internship with Perseverance Theatre is so much more than just working for a theatre. It is about transforming the field at a national level while engaging deeply with our neighbors at a community level. 

How to Apply

Perseverance Theatre is seeking a Production and Stage Management Apprentice for our 2023/2024 Season! 

Perseverance fosters an organizational culture led by our values of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. To apply, please submit a cover letter and a resume (including three references) to with the subject line “2023/24 Production/Stage Management Apprenticeship.” Applications are due by May 1, 2023.

If you have any questions, please email 

39th Annual Travel Raffle

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 39th Annual Travel Raffle 

Grand Prize: “Fly Me to the Moon” 
Two Round-trip tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies and $2,000 Cash

2nd Prize: “I’m going on an adventure!!!” 
Alaska Railroad tickets for two from Anchorage to Fairbanks 
Arctic Circle fly adventure 
One night stay for two at Westmark Fairbanks 

3rd Prize: “Heart of the Ocean” 
Driftwood Hotel one night stay for two 
Seong’s $50 gift card 
Coastal Helicopter’s ice field excursion for two 
Tickets for two to Perseverance’s 2023-24 season 

4th Prize: “My Gift is my Song!” 
One Night stay for two, bottle of bubbly at the Baranof Hotel 
Tickets for two to the Juneau Symphony Concerts 
Heritage Coffee Basket 
$50 gift certificate from Nugget Alaska Outfitters 

5th Prize: “The Great Outdoors” 
Four-hour Electric bike rental from Cycle Alaska 
Tickets for two to the Juneau Symphony 
$50 Gift card to Nugget Outfitters 
$20 Gift card to Kindred Post 

6th Prize: “Sail the Seven Seas” 
Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife cruises: Columbia Glacier Cruise for two
Robe Lake Lodge two-night stay for two 

7th Prize: “Sleepless in Juneau” 
Silverbow Inn one-night stay for two with breakfast 
Two bottles of wine from the Triangle Club 
$50 Gift card to Sandpiper Café 

8th Prize: “I got nothing if I ain’t got Skagway!” 
Historic Skagway Inn one night stay for two 
$100 gift card to Alaska’s House 
Tickets for two to Perseverance’s 2023-24 season 

9th Prize: “That’s a Capital Idea!” 
Alaska’s Capital Inn Bed & Breakfast: One night stay for 2 with breakfast
Two bottles of wine from Specialty Imports 
$30 gift card to Coppa and Coppa T-shirt 

10th Prize: “Wine and Dine” 
A night at the movies for two at Glacier Cinema 
Two bottles of wine from Specialty imports 
$25 gift card to El Sombrero 
Two Perseverance Theatre T-shirts 

11th Prize: “Let’s Persevere!” 
Season Tickets for Two for Perseverance’s 2023 -2024 Season 
Two Perseverance Theatre Travel Tumblers 

12th Prize: “Perseverance Tumbles for You” 
Tickets for Two to a Perseverance Show in the 2023 -2024 Season 
Two Perseverance Theatre Travel Tumblers 

This travel raffle is a fundraiser to benefit Perseverance Theatre. The drawing will be held Sunday, April 23, 2023, at 7 pm at Perseverance Theatre in Douglas, Alaska. You need not be present to win. The chances of winning a prize are approximately 1:160, based on the sale of 4000 tickets. 

To purchase tickets email

SHI Winter Camp

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Perseverance Theatre is excited to welcome students back to our stages for our Sealaska Heritage Institute sponsored Winter Camp! Join us in-person on Douglas from January 2nd thru January 6th for workshops and games on our mainstage and in the Phoenix Black Box theater! 

The Winter Camp  will take place Monday through Friday, from 9AM until 4PM. Check-In and Morning Drop-Off will begin at 8:30AM. Lunch will take place at Noon, daily. Perseverance Theatre will provide lunch for students at no additional charge, though parents are welcome to opt-out. All students are given an hour for lunch, and are required to remain on Perseverance Theatre facilities unless written permission is provided by a parent or guardian.

Theater games, warmups, and workshops will be taught by members of Perseverance Staff as well as incredible guest artists. While no full production will be rehearsed and staged for this camp, students will have the chance to participate in lessons until 4:00 pm where they will be dismissed for the day. 

More information is available upon completion of registration!

The Power of Sharing Language

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The Opening the Box of Knowledge talkback after the performance on October 13th was incredibly heartwarming and eye opening. Qacung Blanchett and President Richard Peterson of Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska were the hosts for the evening. Together with the cast members they sat down to discuss the world premiere of Frank Katasse’s Where the Summit Meets the Stars and connect about their shared love of theater, representation of native voices in modern media, and enjoy each other’s presences. 

The energy in the room was warm and jovial from the get go, the participants almost immediately cracking jokes about Poutine before even introducing themselves. This quickly became a running gag – people would mischievously slip a poutine joke into their responses as the discussion progressed. The artists’ love for art and their community was ever present in the roles that each of them played in transforming the show from words in a script to a fully realized, incredible production. Remarking on how Ed Littlefield and Jill Kaasteen Meserve expertly  concocted an intricate soundscape for the show, Qacung said “…it felt at times like I was in a concert.” Jake Waid, who plays John in the show, mentions that he jumps at the chance to be involved in one of Frank’s shows saying, “He really is a genius, what Frank does is he just dives into the ocean and he comes up with a raw gem”. Naturally, this took a hilarious turn as each of the panelists made a point to face the previous speaker and lauded them for their genius. 

One notable theme of this discussion was the many ways the American theater has failed to equitably represent Indigenous stories. Focusing on shows that primarily highlight caucasian protagonists and stories.  President Peterson says, “I always talk about representation matters. Art and music, they’re kind of universal and can be taken in by everybody right?”  The panelists said that this is why Where the Summit Meets the Stars and the collaboration with Perseverance Theater is so important.  This work aids in the continued re-indigenization of theater and the decolonization of the rehearsal process. To this point the cast shared stories with President Peterson and Qacung Blanchett about how they would take days to go outside. Going on canoe rides, creative team blueberry picking trips, and taking a dip in the cold waters of Auke bay. Supplanting eurocentric ideas of what a rehearsal period looks like. 

Erin Tripp stated, “Especially since Vera’s ‘Our Voices Will Be Heard” and “Devilfish”, […] I feel like there’s been a bigger drive forward to indigenizing the stage here. And also making it, not just indigenizing the performances but also the space for the Native community to feel welcome to come here and create our art and tell our stories”. 

The conversation flowed very naturally into what representation means on a larger scale, in mainstream television and streaming services. With some shows such as Reservation Dogs representing Indigenous voices truthfully while many others not doing nearly enough. Not putting in the work necessary to craft stories that Indigenous people can truly see themselves in. But the participants of the talkback were proud of the work that Native artists are doing to lift each other up. Creating work that inspires others to have their stories heard. Qacung Blanchett says, “I feel like there’s been an explosion of indigenous cultural expression and we’re apart of it, all of us.” 

As the talkback was coming to a close President Peterson had one more message for the cast and for the audience, “Where the Summit Meets the Stars, Devilfish, all these other plays and what Perseverance is doing matters. Because representation matters. My heart’s really just full of gratitude for all of you for putting yourselves out there, sharing your art, sharing your love, and representing us in the best possible ways.” Perseverance is honored and humbled to be a place in which the Tlingit and all Alaskan Native artists can come to create art that captures their experiences, their lives, and their love. We seek to be good stewards of this land and of our stage so that trust and gratitude can continue to be built. 

Thank you again to President Richard Chaylee Éesh Peterson and Stephen Qacung Blanchett for collaborating on a wonderful talkback. Your partnership is forever humbly appreciated. Gunalchéesh!

Storytelling Workshop with Frank Henry Kaash Katasse


Join UAA Alaska Native Studies, UAA Department of Theatre and Dance, and Perseverance Theatre on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH at 3:00 PM in the Harper Studio for a free storytelling workshop with Frank Henry Kaash Katasse. 

About the Artist: Frank Henry Katasse, whose Tlingit name is Kaash, is Alaska Native from the Tsaagweidí Tlingit clan . Frank is an actor, author, director, producer, improviser, author, educator, screenwriter, and playwright. Frank received his Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Hawaii: Mānoa. Frank is passionate about developing new Alaskan plays for the stage. Frank now lives and works in Douglas, Alaska with his wife, and two children.

This is a Pay-What-You-Can workshop, open to all ages. Snacks and water will be provided.

Storytelling Workshop with Frank Henry Kaash Katasse

Join UAA Alaska Native Studies, UAA Department of Theatre and Dance, and Perseverance Theatre on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH at 3:00 PM in the Harper Studio for a free storytelling workshop with Frank Henry Kaash Katasse. 

About the Artist: Frank Henry Katasse, whose Tlingit name is Kaash, is Alaska Native from the Tsaagweidí Tlingit clan . Frank is an actor, author, director, producer, improviser, author, educator, screenwriter, and playwright. Frank received his Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Hawaii: Mānoa. Frank is passionate about developing new Alaskan plays for the stage. Frank now lives and works in Douglas, Alaska with his wife, and two children.

This is a Pay-What-You-Can workshop, open to all ages. Snacks and water will be provided.