About Us

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Welcome to Worldwide Voices!

Worldwide Voices began to offer collaborative arts and media programs in 2006.

We have developed songwriting workshops, original musical plays, and multicultural/multilingual events with diverse Long Island populations. We continue to sponsor unique opportunities for all ages to learn about new languages and cultures as they work together to create and prepare public presentations for theaters, galleries, schools, libraries, and community centers.

HOWARD BECKERMAN (Founder/Chair) is President of Heartworks International. A composer, lyricist, and playwright, he is also a language educator, media producer, and author of award-winning musical programs and publications for learning languages. He has an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Columbia University.

LINDA BECKERMAN (Founder/Executive Director) is Vice President of Heartworks International. An artist and a writer, she has also served as Project Manager for programs in new play development, multilingual publishing and media, and not-for-profit arts and education grants. She has an M.F.A. in Painting from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Programs

Original Musical Theater

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Our live stage presentations reflect unity in our community.  The New Musicals Project at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts showcases works by Long Islanders for Long Islanders.

Multilingual Songwriting Workshops

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Professional songwriters help participants create original songs and learn new languages from their international neighbors.

Multicultural Visual Arts

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Professional artists and writers lead groups to tell stories using their own artwork, photos, and media.