Green Festival Speakers

The Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company (DAYPC)


The Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company (DAYPC) is a multicultural group of teens that create original performance art pieces, in collaboration with professional artists, that combine hip-hop, modern, and aerial dance, theater, martial arts, song and rap. The productions are a dynamic, creative forum for the young people to express their fears, hopes and strategies for confronting challenging personal and social issues. The company has performed locally and nationally since 1993 for up to 20,000 audience members annually. The company has been the subject of a documentary film (2000) called "A Place Named Destiny" that was shown nationally at film festivals. In the 2010/2011 school year Studio B Films, an academy award nominated film company under the direction of David Collier, is working on another documentary about the company that will premiere in 2010.  A 171-page curriculum guide called Youth on the Move: a teacher's guide to co-creating original movement/theater performances with teens was created in 2002 (funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts) to chronicle the process of the group's creation of original productions.

DAYPC comes out of Destiny Arts Center, an Oakland-based nonprofit violence prevention and arts education organization that has been serving youth for over 23 years through after-school, weekend and summer programs in dance, theater, martial arts, self-defense, performance and youth leadership at our Oakland center and in up to 45 East Bay public schools annually.

DAYPC Artistic Directors:  Sarah Crowell & Rashidi Omari