WRITING STORIES ABOUT 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 (co-founder of EarSay) is co-author of Crossing the BLVD, (Brendan Gill Prize 2004), book, performance, exhibition (premiered Queens Museum of Art) and radio series aired WNYC and NPR affiliates 2001 through 2007. Sloan wrote the libretto for 1001 Voices: A Symphony for a New America with music by Frank London commissioned by Queens Symphony Orchestra 2012. She is the recipient of a 2013 New York Foundation on the Arts (NYFA) fellowship, is a member of the faculty at NYU's Gallatin School and the recipient of a 2009 Partnership in Education Award from the International High School at LaGuardia Community College. Her performance works include: Yo Miss! (La MaMa experimental theatre 2016), Denial of the Fittest, A Tattle Tale (aired NPR and performed at La Mama, HERE, and Public Theater).
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.