Online Premiere of The Real Work Podcast [with ASL interpretation]

Online Premiere of The Real Work Podcast [with ASL interpretation]

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Online Premiere of The Real Work: A Podcast About Theater Culture & Transformative Justice [w/ ASL interpretation]

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Join us for the online community premiere of The Real Work: A Podcast About Theater Culture & Transformative Justice. Let’s gather, witness episode 1, and dialogue about how transformative justice — a paradigm of community accountability and intervention in harm, violence, and abuse — can strengthen our art-making and activist spaces.


The Real Work is a 6-episode audio miniseries exploring transformative justice as a tool for preventing, addressing, and healing harm in Bay Area theater and beyond. Over the course of one year, nearly thirty local theater makers gathered monthly to learn together about transformative justice, under the facilitation of Mia Mingus, co-founder of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective. This podcast series documents our learnings with an aim to share out and grow our collective capacity to practice transformative justice, especially in our arts and activist spaces.

True to its name, The Real Work reveals the seemingly mundane relational practices we can engage with one another to build cultures of safety and thriving within our communities. From communication skills, giving and receiving feedback, and learning how to make good apologies, to understanding roots of harm, TJ illuminates patterns of violence and abuse and offers dynamic ways of taking accountability to fundamentally shift them.

The Real Work: A Podcast About Theater Culture & Transformative Justice is created & hosted by Tierra Allen, in partnership with We Rise Production.


This community premiere will be online, on Zoom, and feature live ASL interpretation. A transcript of episode 1 will also be available. All episodes of The Real Work: A Podcast About Theater Culture & Transformative Justice will be released with transcripts and ASL interpreted videos.

This event is free with registration. Donations are accepted to fund the creation of ASL videos of future podcast episodes - thank you for helping us practice disability justice!

Zoom meeting information will be sent to registered participants prior to the event.


Tierra Allen is a multi-hyphenate artist & activist based in Huchiun, unceded Lisjan Ohlone territory/Oakland, CA. Her speculative abolitionist short film THE REMEMBERING TIME recently screened at the 18th annual International Queer Women of Color Film Festival. She’s co-created spaces braiding performance, activism, healing, and critical consciousness-raising at theaters, community-based organizations, schools, and parks, behind prison walls and in the streets. Tierra has won an Isadora Duncan "Izzie" Dance Award, earned award nominations from Theatre Bay Area, and performed with the Black Choreographers Festival, Dance Brigade’s D.I.R.T. (Dance in Revolt(ing) Times) Festival, Campo Santo, BAMBDFEST, Magic Theatre, TheatreFIRST, 3Girls Theatre, Bay Area Childrens Theater, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and others. Their movement work includes being organized by Anti-Police Terror Project, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Save the West Berkeley Shellmound, and Liberation Spring. She drums with BoomShake Music and is an advisor for We Rise Production.

Through multimedia, digital and live productions, We Rise Production challenges audiences to think critically about the systems that oppress us all, and uses art to inspire active solidarity. We vision for the future with empathy and intellectual rigor. We move with ancestors and future generations in mind, knowing that it is our responsibility to be accountable to our communities. Creative collaboration and storytelling are our methods for disseminating knowledge. These offerings are intended to help us remember what colonization tries to erase and to inspire change, big and small, loud and subtle. We ride the cusp of what our ancestors have known and what remains unknown, what has been done in acts of bravery and brilliance, and what we are capable of creating.


This project is supported by an Investing in Artists Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation & the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program, and was incubated with initial support from Cal Shakes.


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