WRITING AND PERFORMING THE STORIES OF OUR LIVES
This workshop is a hands-on experience using interviewing, free-writing, and collaborative improvisation to create scripts that reflect communities. Participants will work as a group to create a poetic script and will experiment with movement and structure to complete a short performance by the end of the workshop. The exercises and tools in this workshop can be used for a variety of community building projects in addition to performance works.
Judith Sloan is co-author of Crossing the BLVD, (winner Brendan Gill Prize ), book, performance, exhibition and radio series aired WNYC and NPR. Sloan wrote the libretto for "1001 Voices: A Symphony for a New America" with music by Frank London. She received a 2017 Commissioning Grant from the Queens Council on the Arts, a 2013 (NYFA) fellowship, among others and is a member of the faculty at NYU's Gallatin School/ Works include: Yo Miss! Denial of the Fittest, A Tattle Tale and It Can Happen Here. Sloan will be joined by singer/composer Emily Wexler.
Emily Wexler (Singer/Keyboards) is a Brooklyn-based actor/singer/teaching artist. Aiming to harness the transformative power of the performing arts in education as a tool for community-building, as well as for self-growth, self-knowledge, and individual storytelling. She holds a B.A. in Drama/Vocal Performance from Vassar College, 2014. Currently, Emily is the co-director of EarSay Youth Voices Theater Program, co-leading workshops and rehearsals with new immigrant teens. She has been the co-director of Shakespeare After School Program, the Vocal Director of the Rocak Band Program at Bank Street School and voice teacher at the Bank Street School since 2014. She was the Assistant Director and Stage Manager for Theatre for Social Change in 2015, an ensemble of formerly incarcerated women that creates plays with their own stories and experiences to raise awareness about the prison system and reentry. She was an ESL tutor at the Poughkeepsie High School from 2013-2014, developing and implementing an ESL curriculum tailored to the needs and skills of high school-age students. She is currently in training to be in a co-leadership position with the EarSay Youth Voices at LaGuardia Community College
EarSay is an artist-driven non-profit arts organization dedicated to uncovering and portraying stories of the uncelebrated. Founded in 1999 by Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan, our projects bridge the divide between documentary and expressive forms in books, exhibitions, on stage, in sound & electronic media. We are committed to fostering understanding across cultures, generations, gender and class, through artistic productions and education. We bring our work to theatres, museums, schools, prisons, festivals and universities. Projects include: Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America (winner Brendan Gill Prize.), Yo Miss! and 1001 Voices: A Symphony for a new America. EarSay projects have been supported by foundations and individual contributions including the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Queens Council on the Arts, the New York Department of Cultural Affairs and Viper Records.