Hear from practitioners who actively create the relationships and structures necessary to develop socially-engaged theater. Moderated by director/deviser/activist Tamilla Woodard, with panelists Leila Buck, Kristin Horton, Tanisha Christie, and Deb-O.
MODERATED by Tamilla Woodard (director/deviser/activist), a theatre director who works both nationally and internationally. She is co-founder of PopUp Theatrics, a partnership creating site impacting theatrical events around the world and in collaboration with international theatre artists. Currently, she serves as the Artistic Director of The Five Boroughs/One City Project, a multi year initiative of The Working Theater.
Leila Buck (performer/writer) is a Lebanese American writer, actor, storyteller and educator who has lived, traveled, performed and taught throughout the U.S., Australia, and over 20 Arab and European countries. She has performed and developed her plays at the Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Brooklyn Museum, MAPP International Productions, and Arena Stage, among others. She teaches Particapatory Performance and Civic Engagement at NYU Gallatin, and was artist-in-residence at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
Kristin Horton (director/designer) is a New York City based director primarily interested in new work, socially engaged performance, and the re-imagining of classics. Recent works in progress include a collaboration with Chisa Hutchinson as part of Working Theater’s The Five Boroughs/One City Project and Lisa Biggs on the development of a living history play devised by Detroit residents and undergraduates at Michigan State University marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 rebellion. Horton’s new play collaborations have appeared at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, HERE, NYC Summerstage, Lark Play Development Center, William Inge Playwrights’ Festival, and New Dramatists, among others. She is an Associate Professor of Practice in Theater & Directing at New York University’s Gallatin School and serves as the Artistic Director of the Gallatin Arts Festival.
Tanisha Christie (educator/strategist/producer) has produced, directed and performed for many regional theaters, schools and performance spaces across the country, including Arena Stage, Roundhouse Theater, The Lark, Joe's Pub, and PS 122. As an artist-educator, she's developed workshops for The Kennedy Center and Looking Glass Theatre. And was the Assistant Director of the former Living Stage Theatre Company, the preeminent theater for social change in Washington, DC. She is currently a 2016/2017 Artist-in-Residence at The Brooklyn Arts Exchange where she is working on a new performance installation.
Deb-O's (designer/deviser) extensive scenography training and range of experiences as well as her background in folk art, dance and gymnastics, clowning and mask making, a bit of puppetry have all lent themselves to an innovative approaches to the creation of unique theatrical events. Working closely with directors, she has devised and created large-scale, environmental designs for day-long performances of each of Chekhov's great works and created an epic environmental staging of Lanford Wilson's Balm In Gilead within a 7,000 square-foot space. She is co-artistic director of ARTBARN, and is on the Design Faculty of NYU Tisch's Playwrights Horizons Theater School.
Illuminating the arts and life around us, BRIC’s Stoop Series explores music, theater, visual art, media, literature, comedy, and other creative fields, through performances, presentations, participatory activities and dynamic conversations. There’s something different every week!
This spring the Stoop Series includes a special mini-series of How To evenings speaking directly to BRIC’s artist community. These panel discussions bring artists and cultural workers together to share stories about exciting successes and instructive failures in the process of finding resources, collaborating and engaging community around their work