On the finish of this week, Theater Alliance employees and affiliated artists will fly to Kolkata, India, the place they’ll lead a world Arts Envoy in partnership with India-based NGO Contact Base and the U.S. Division of State. Working with 15 artists from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and america, the group will collaborate to develop and devise a brand new play that engages communities in celebrating range and fostering fairness, inclusion, and accessibility on the worldwide stage.
After their residency on the American Middle in Kolkata, artists will tour the newly developed play A International I.D.E.A to Siliguri, Kalimpong, and Darjeeling, performing and facilitating significant dialogue inside diversified communities and populations and digitizing their work. All through the tour, the Arts Envoy will strategize ways in which artwork can extra impactfully encourage communities to interact in conversations about range globally.
Led by Theater Alliance’s Producing Inventive Director Raymond O. Caldwell, the Arts Envoy contains lead artists Johamy Morales (Director of Training, Seattle Kids’s Theatre) and Ariel Warmflash (Neighborhood Packages Director, The In[heir]itance Venture). They convey with them a gaggle of Theater Alliance’s younger artists, together with Olivia Dorsey, Ezinne Elele, Cristina Ibarra, Alissa Klusky, and Kayla Warren.
“We exist at a second within the U.S. after we are seemingly asking deep questions round inclusion, range, fairness, and accessibility. Concurrently, the pandemic has pressured us to see how deeply interconnected we actually are. It’s a strong and distinctive alternative to be entrusted by the U.S. Division of State to interact artists from all over the world in probably the most important conversations of our time, to make artwork, and to share that work on the worldwide stage,” stated Caldwell. “We at Theater Alliance are ecstatic to adapt what we do in Washington, DC and share our course of of recent play growth and group pushed dialogue via artwork with the world.”
Initially slated for spring of 2020, the Envoy has developed and created a sequence of digital programming previously three years, however this would be the first in-person program since 2019.
“As we emerge from the worldwide pandemic, grappling with unprecedented challenges greater than ever, we have to develop understanding and empathy throughout numerous sectors,” stated Adrian Pratt, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate Common Kolkata. “We strongly imagine the humanities are vital to bringing individuals collectively from numerous disciplines and cultural views to foster collaboration, construct literacies, and bridge divides.”
“We’re thrilled to have the ability to be in group with contributors dwell and in-person,” stated Caldwell.
Programming and content material from the Arts Envoy to India shall be launched on Theater Alliance’s social media.
ABOUT THE LEAD TEACHING ARTISTS
Born in Wiesbaden, Germany and raised all around the world, Raymond O. Caldwell (he/him) is an award-winning director and producer, in addition to the Producing Inventive Director of Theater Alliance. He has directed for Spherical Home, Creativeness Stage, Mosaic Theater, The Kennedy Middle, Nationwide Gamers, Olney Theatre Middle, Solas Nua, CulturalDC, and the Hegira. Previous to main Theater Alliance, he was a school member and resident director in Howard College’s Division of Theatre Arts for six years, and spent six seasons because the Neighborhood Engagement Partnership Supervisor at Enviornment Stage. He’s dedicated to utilizing theatre as a device to remodel communities, and has labored with numerous nonprofits and NGOs all through the world. In July 2019—in partnership with the U.S. Division of State and NGOs based mostly in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal—he developed theater with artists and activists to advertise peace and counter violent extremism. He has executed related work all through the U.S., India, Ukraine, and Croatia. MFA, Appearing/New Play Growth: The Ohio State College; BFA, Appearing: College of Florida. www.raymondocaldwell.com
Johamy Morales (she/her) holds an MFA in appearing from The Ohio State College, with a specialization in outreach and devising new work, and a BA in Theatre from San Diego State College. Johamy presently serves because the Director of Training at Seattle Kids’s Theatre (SCT) and as a Trustee for Theatre Communication Group (TCG). Johamy has served on the theater panel for Colorado Artistic Industries, TCG’s Rising Leaders of Shade, Creede Pleasure Committee and Theater for Younger Audiences/USA webinar sequence. Previous to working with SCT, Johamy served because the Training Director for Creede Repertory Theatre in Creede, Colorado and directed the Comparative Arts Division and the Junior Musical Theatre Program at Interlochen Middle for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan. Johamy has labored with Enviornment Stage in Washington D.C. and the La Jolla Playhouse via their teaching programs as a educating artist. In February of 2017, Johamy collaborated with the U.S. Division of State, the U.S. Embassy & Consulate, and several other NGOs to advertise consciousness of home and gender violence in Kolkata and Ranchi, India. As an educator, artist, and director Johamy has labored with varied colleges and nonprofit organizations each nationally and internationally together with Hope Faculty, Fort Lewis Faculty, College of San Diego, Esperanza Constitution College, Wexner Middle, Dennos Museum, College students in Transition Empowerment Program, Traverse Metropolis Continuation College, Blackbird Arts and Columbus Refugee & Immigration Providers.
Ariel Warmflash (she/her) is a theater artist, activist, and educator based mostly in Philadelphia, PA. She is deeply dedicated to utilizing theater as a platform to spotlight and join common human narratives and believes that everybody has a narrative to share. Ari is the Neighborhood Packages Director for The In[heir]itance Venture, a community-driven devised theater firm the place she develops inventive and group programming in cities across the US. With the In[HEIR]itance Venture Ari finds herself on the intersection of her most avid passions; storytelling, community-building, and justice work. She additionally works and travels as a guide and facilitator for theatrical workshops, storytelling seminars, management trainings, and team-building retreats for teams of all ages. As Educating Artist, Ariel has labored with the Artistic Arts Crew and Opening Act to develop unique performs with college students in NYC Public Colleges based mostly on their lives and experiences. Whereas in NYC, she was additionally a co-creator of The Jewish Femme & Feminine Theater Venture, an inventive exploration of gender and identification via theater and inventive reflection. Whereas in DC, Ariel spent 4 years within the Neighborhood Engagement Division at Enviornment Stage devising unique performs with The Voices of Now Program, in addition to touring with the State Division in an effort to create unique performs with contributors internationally in India and Croatia. Ariel holds a grasp’s diploma in Utilized Theatre from The CUNY College of Skilled Research and twin bachelor’s levels in Theater and Dramatic Literature from The George Washington College.
ABOUT THE PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS
American Middle Kolkata, a cultural middle managed by the U.S. Consulate, presents thrilling academic and cultural applications and exchanges for the youth of India. The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and Consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai sponsor a wide range of worldwide alternate applications every year, along with the U.S. Division of State’s Bureau of Academic and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
The Arts Envoy Program engages American artists and humanities professionals in cultural alternate applications and shares the most effective of the U.S. arts group with the world to foster cross-cultural understanding and collaboration, to display shared values and aspirations, and to deal with overseas coverage themes and aims. American arts professionals—together with performing artists, visible artists, poets, playwrights, cooks, dancers, theatrical and movie administrators, curators, and others—journey abroad to conduct workshops, give performances, and mentor younger individuals. U.S. artists additionally interact on-line via digital applications that usually enable for higher attain and longer-term connections. Packages join with worldwide publics in search of to work together and join with American arts professionals.
Contact Base (www.banglanatak.com) is a social enterprise working for inclusive and sustainable growth throughout India and South Asia, utilizing culture-based approaches, for the previous 20 years. They work for defense and promotion of the rights of ladies, kids, and indigenous communities. They specialise in Communication for Growth through the use of theater and growing social and inventive entrepreneurship.
ABOUT THEATER ALLIANCE
Theater Alliance develops, produces, and presents socially aware, thought-provoking work that totally engages our group in energetic dialogue. Because the resident theater firm of the Anacostia Playhouse since 2013, Theater Alliance is proud to supply skilled, award-winning work in Anacostia. By our work, Theater Alliance hopes to create an viewers laboratory the place the myriad views of DC are face-to-face, confronting points and tackling tough questions that have an effect on our numerous group.
Domestically, Theater Alliance has twice been a finalist for the Mayor’s Arts Award; featured within the Higher Washington Catalogue for Philanthropy; acquired the Capitol Hill Neighborhood Basis’s Keller Award for making important, ongoing contributions to the lifetime of the group; and awarded the DC Fee on the Arts and Humanities’ UPSTART Grant for capability constructing. Nationally, we now have acquired the American Theatre Wing’s Nationwide Theater Firm Grant in addition to turned a member of Theatre Communications Group and the Nationwide New Play Community. Theater Alliance has acquired 95 Helen Hayes Award Nominations and 22 Helen Hayes Awards.