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    Theater to the People: a series of theater-making workshops for adults in New York City.
    Open to adults based in New York City, people of all ages (above 18), all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, and all levels of theater-making experience
    A series of bilingual (Spanish/English) theater workshops focused on providing space for recent immigrants to share their stories
    TTTP ensembles use improvisation, physical theater, creative writing, and music to think about the theme of "HOME"
    We aim to create theater that unites us in a shared poetic process, critiquing a global capitalist system that seeks to put us in conflict with one another.
    Theater to the People was co-founded by Kate Bell and Julia Cavagna, 2020 Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellows.
    Theater to the People has received support from the Greater NY Arts Development Funds of the NYC City Department of Cultural Affairs Administered by Brooklyn Arts Council, and has been included in the Creating Space Series at Brooklyn Arts Exchange.
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Theater to the People: MISSION

Theater to the People: HOME seeks to inspire greater community organizing and resilience by building creative, social, and political alliances between people from a wide variety of ethnic and economic backgrounds through their act of making theater together. The series of bilingual (Spanish/English) theater workshops is focused on providing space for recent immigrants to share their stories and build community with other people who have called Brooklyn home for generations. We bring together as many perspectives as possible on what Brooklyn could be: new immigrants, people who identify as first-generation Americans, people who have lived here for generations, and people who might identify as “gentrifiers". Together, we aim to create a theater performance that explores the questions and tensions of a global capitalist system that sets us in competition and conflict with each other. Instead, making theater together has the possibility of uniting us in a shared poetic process. Ultimately, we hope that our theatrical collaboration with a diversity of community members will lead to new ideas of what a “sanctuary city” can really mean, especially considering how the problems of income inequality, gentrification, forced migration, and climate change will most likely intensify in coming years.

kate_bell

Is a writer, theater-maker, musician, and teaching artist. She believes that theater-making can be a powerful tool for social justice, and her work often explores possibilities for change. Kate grew up in a sanctuary church in Seattle, WA, which housed political refugees from Central America during the 1980s; she learned to be an activist on issues of immigration and global imperialism from a young age. She wrote her first play about growing up in a sanctuary church. Kate’s recent activist projects include being a Curator and working with the Educational Unit for Letters to the Revolution (www.letterstotherevolution.com). Kate’s plays have been produced or developed in New York at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival at HERE Arts Center, Park Avenue Armory (Education Department Space Grant), Culture Project, Theater for the New City, Red Fern Theatre Company, New Perspectives Theatre, The Bechdel Group, Naked Angels Tuesdays @ 9, Sanguine Theatre Company, Manhattan Theater Source, Gallery Players, Random Access Theatre, and at Baruch College (with Committed Theatre), as well as in the Washington D.C. Area by Silver Spring Stage, and in the Appalachian Play Festival at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA. Past honors include Finalist for Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries Program at the American Shakespeare Center, a DUTF Audience Award, Semi-finalist for the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellowship at Juilliard, Finalist for The Playwrights Realm Fellows Program, Finalist/Honorable Mention for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Semi-finalist for the O’Neill Theater Conference, and runner-up finalist for the Princess Grace Award. Her plays have been published on Indie Theater Now and in The Book of Estrogenius. She’s also collaborated with the New York Philharmonic on their Very Young People’s Concerts.

www.katebell.info
kate_bell

Is an actress, director, physical dramaturg and teacher from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied Sociology at UBA and classical and physical theater at EMAD, Belisario, Club de Cultura and Movement Theater Studio. After that she kept learning from different directors and mentors, who provided her with a wide variety of techniques and resources that oriented her career to the world of performative/non lineal Theater. From the beginning she learned about collective work and creating original pieces. Since 2013 she lives in New York. From the start she realized that the only way of staying here was by finding a way to connect with the others, a way of communication. She has been fortunate to create collective works from scratch with companies that she founded in collaboration with other fellow artists: Lampazo Group, Las Pibas Theater Company, and THEATER TO THE PEOPLE (awarded, among Kate Bell, with the 2019 BAC Grant and it is a recipient of the Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellowship at Town Stages 2020). The three groups started from discussions related to what they wanted to say about society, along with improvisations and the use of simple and economic objects. Those groups have the need to talk about hierarchy, personal relationships, vulnerability, exposition and the essential needs that every human being has. These experiences reaffirmed her belief that theater is a medium of political and ideological communication capable of sending messages that open debate and allow societies to rethink their issues. On 2016 she was selected to participate in EMERGENYC Artist Residency (Hemispheric New York Emerging Performers Program). She performs regularly in completely dissimilar venues. From big theaters to basements, houses and different countries. Just to name a few, Julia has been featured at: Metropolitan Opera, St. Ann’s Warehouse, CPR (Center of Performance Research) HERE Arts Center, Dixon´s place, El Bastión (Puerto Rico), Gran Teatro Liceo (Barcelona), Knockdown Center, She has performed internationally in Argentina, Puerto Rico, Brasil, Thailand, Japan, Edinburgh and Barcelona.

www.juliacavagna.online