BUFFALO, N.Y. – The human triumphs of the University at
Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center will be displayed through
the spoken word during a staged reading of works by adult learners
beginning at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in the 710 Main Theatre in downtown
An ensemble of actors from the Western New York theater
community will read stories and poems written by EOC students who
took part in the All Write! Adult Literacy Program. The performance
is free and open to the public.
“We are excited to partner with our wonderful Western New
York theater community to offer an event in which the life journeys
of UB’s Educational Opportunity Center students are told in
their own words,” says Julius Gregg Adams, EOC executive
director. “Their persistence to create a better life for
themselves and their families through education and training is
All Write! was created by Symphony Space Inc. in New York City
to harness the power of creative writing to improve literacy and
writing skills in adult learners. The All Write! Program unites
professional staged readings of published and student-generated
prose or poetry with teacher-guided reading and writing to build
skills essential to achieving high school equivalency, and career
and postsecondary readiness.
Adult-education teachers are trained through the All Write!
Program to use spoken-word performances and fiction or poetry as
catalysts and incentives to instruct, encourage and reward adult
“We are very excited about being able to provide an
opportunity for the campus and the wider community to experience
the power of the words of our UB EOC adult students who have worked
so hard to achieve their dreams of education, all delivered by
talented professionals in a wonderful Buffalo theater,” says
Danis J. Gehl, associate executive director and director of
education for the EOC.
The EOC introduced the All Write! Program to Western New York as
part of its year-long 40th anniversary celebration providing
education and training to Buffalo area adult learners.
Serving more than 1,900 students each year, UB’s
Educational Opportunity Center has provided tuition-free education
and training programs (e.g. High School Equivalency Examination,
English as Second Language, College Preparation, Allied Health and
Computer Training) since 1973.
UB EOC is one of 10 Educational Opportunity Centers and two
Counseling and Outreach Centers sponsored by SUNY under the
auspices of the University Center for Academic and Workforce
Development. UB EOC is located in the state-of-the-art Arthur O.
Eve Educational Opportunity Center at 555 Ellicott St., adjacent to
the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
More information about the UB EOC programs can be found on the
center’s website, www.eoc.buffalo.edu, or by