Project Transform: The American Dream—A Weapon of Mass Reconstruction
Saturday, April 5th, 2014
Performances at 2 pm and 4 pm
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Performances are free and open to the public.
An original performance written and performed by: Isaiah Alvarado, Emma Avery, Julia Bonadies, Cherokee Collier, Mike Kalencik, Brendan Kennedy, Jade Soto-McMillan, Dylan Stetson, and Jerome Walker. With guidance and instruction from Playwright Janine Nabers and Director Hunter Parker.
What is Project: Transform?
Project Transform is a FREE PROGRAM that will give you the opportunity to speak your mind about the change you would like to see in your neighborhood, community and world. You will work closely with Hartford Stage’s Hunter Parker and special guest artist Janine Nabers to create and perform an original theatre piece. Come learn about the transformative power of the theatre in your own community, and let your voice be heard!
Congrats to our 2014 Project Transform crew, who come to us from six different towns across CT.
A native of Houston, Texas, Janine Nabers is a 2013 graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellowship at Juilliard. Her play Annie Bosh is Missing premiered in August 2013 at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. A 2012-2013 New York Theatre Workshop Playwriting Fellow, she is also a member of the MCC Playwrights Coalition and the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages. She was Page 73’s 2011 Playwriting Fellow and is an alumna of the Ars Nova Playgroup, the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, the Dramatists Guild Playwriting Fellowship, the MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and the 2010 and 2011 Sundance Theatre Labs.
Presently Janine is working on commissions from Playwrights Horizons and Berkeley Rep. Mrs. Hughes was developed as the 2012 Williamstown Theatre Festival fellowship musical and was part of the 2013 Yale Institute for Musical Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club’s 7@7 series, and the Theatreworks New Works Now Festival.
Hunter Parker holds a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre Arts from Virginia Tech, as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts (Dramatic Media, directing emphasis), from the University of Georgia. In addition, she has a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Institute for Nonprofit Organizations at UGA. Her teaching and directing awards include the Robert Porterfield Graduate Award from the Southeastern Theatre Conference, a Research and Performance grant from the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, and a two-year graduate assistantship in Interdisciplinary Arts Research with Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) at UGA. Hunter has taught numerous theatre courses to college, secondary, and elementary students through a variety of organizations. She is a certified Theatre Arts k-12 teacher and spent five years establishing a theatre program with grades 8-12 at Goochland High School in Virginia, including designing an extensive drama curriculum, directing and producing an ambitious production season, coordinating student travel and theatre festivals, and receiving both District Director of the Year and Teacher of the Year awards. She has worked on a variety of interdisciplinary, community-based outreach projects that utilize theatre as a tool for dialogue, problem-solving, and positive change. Most recently, she co-founded Positive Development 4 Girls, a project that utilizes theatre techniques to empower and educate young girls on the remote island of Ukerewe, Tanzania. She has given presentations about this project at various professional and educational conferences, and has published papers in a variety of scholastic journals. She has worked professionally as an actress, producer, director, road manager, stage manager, company manager, and teaching artist. Hunter currently serves as an Artistic Associate with Ridge Theater in New York, NY, and her most recent credits include serving as both Associate Producer and Assistant Director for Persephone, an original production premiering at the 2010 BAM Next Wave Festival, featuring Julia Stiles in the title role.
Teens are Talking
“The most important thing I learned is have fun and say what’s on your mind.”
Sophomore from Newington
“This project was different from my school because it was far more introspective and collaborative”
Senior from Norwalk
“The best thing about this project was being given a chance to work with other people who share the same dream and interest as me.”
Senior from Hartford
“I learned that all the hard work pays off when you get the audiences’ smiles in return.”
– Sophomore from Bloomfield
“The most important thing I learned from this project was be yourself, be open to change, love you for you.”
Junior from Hartford
“I was able to work with kids from across Connecticut and I was able to perform some place new, not just at my school but getting out to the whole Connecticut community.”
Junior from Ridgefield
“The best thing was working with new people; opposites might attract to make something great.”
Junior from Hartford
“I learned how much fun it is to work with a bunch of people, all bringing their unique experiences and insight.“
Junior from Ridgefield