The Channeling of Ms. Sybby Grant

Lyric Baltimore 2022 Student Matinee

Tuesday, November 15, 2022; 10:30 am


The Channeling of Ms. Sybby Grant is an interactive theatrical experience that shines a light on domestic enslavement in Baltimore during the nineteenth century. The performance was created using information and research about Sybby Grant, an enslaved cook who along with others of African descent, was owned by the Thomas family. The Thomas’s lived at 1 West Mount Vernon Place, now home to The Walters Art Museum, where the play had its world-premiere production. Ms. Sybby provides a glimpse into the unique relationship between the enslaved and master and offers an understanding of Baltimore’s history during the years leading up to the abolition of slavery. We invite you to join WombWork Productions, Inc. as they shed light on her remarkable life. For grades 6th -12th. Tickets: $15. 60 minutes long; post-show discussion follows the performance. 

The Channeling of Ms. Sybby Grant Study Guide

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Mission and Impetus

Education programs at the Lyric Baltimore are theater and writing-based and support the voice, agency, and creativity of Baltimore area students in grades 5th through 12th. Program participants receive acting and theater training afterschool and write original theater works performed either at the Lyric or at their workshop site. For many students, attendance at a student matinee will be their first opportunity to see a professional theatrical performance. Unfortunately, only 8% of Baltimore City high school students and 15% of students in grades 5th-8th receive weekly instruction in theater. The Lyric’s education programs fill a much-needed instructional gap. Plus, seeing a theater production in a grand, professional venue, helps students gain a visceral understanding of the work and creativity required to develop a meaningful, entertaining production as they create their own original performances.