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ASTEP: How can I be an artist striving to end poverty?

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This workshop is a part of a series of TAP Cohort workshops led by staff and artists at Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP).

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In this workshop, guest facilitator Alejandro Rodriguez will lead participants to consider the responsibility that artists, particularly Teaching Artists, have within society. We will investigate how cycles of poverty can be addressed and disrupted with arts and arts education. This workshop will be largely discussion based, and participants will leave with actionable steps that will allow them to incorporate this concept into their current work. Any and all artists and educators are invited to join!

Facilitator Bio:

Alejandro is a poet, playwright and performing artist, as well as the founding Artistic Director of ASTEP’s Artist as Citizen Conference. Over a decade working at ASTEP, he’s been a volunteer teaching-artist, program facilitator, recruiter, trainer, handbook editor & general goodwill ambassador. His first full-length play, Sorry, premiered at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and enjoyed a sold-out run in early 2016. His second play, Tropical Storm Warning, is currently in development with Crowded Outlet. His poems — many inspired by experiences working with ASTEP — have been featured in collaborations with choreographers, filmmakers & musicians from Toronto, Canada to Frankfurt, Germany. Performance credits include the premiere of Ghetto Babylon (National Latino Playwrights Award), the world premiere of Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas’ Bird in the Hand (New York Times Critics’ Pick), King Lear opposite Tony-winner Billy Porter, and the title role in Romeo & Juliet for The Acting Company. Regionally, he’s worked at The Kennedy Center, the Guthrie Theatre, Denver Center Theater, Baltimore CenterStage and the Humana Festival of New American Plays, among several others. Film and television credits include Nurse Jackie (Showtime), Dates from Hell (Discovery ID), and the feature film Emoticon. A graduate of Juilliard.

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