Project: Transform

Project: Transform

What is Project: Transform?

Project: Transform is a 6 week PAID SUMMER ONLINE APPRENTICESHIP through the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s Neighborhood Studios 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. Hone your digital skills while working closely with special guest artist Nilaja Sun to create an original theatre piece. Learn about the transformative POWER of the theatre and let your voice be heard — without even leaving your house!

Master Teaching Artist

Nilaja Sun

Nilaja SunNilaja Sun is an actor, playwright and teaching artist most known for her Obie award-winning solo piece No Child…which had its initial Off Broadway run at the Barrow Street Theatre. For her creation and performance of No Child… and its subsequent national tour, Sun garnered 21 awards including an Obie Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards (including the John Gassner Playwriting Award for Outstanding New American Play), a Theatre World Award, the Helen Hayes Award, two NAACP Theatre Awards, and was named the Best One-Person Show at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. No Child… is published and has been licensed out to over 45 theatres nationally since 2008. In 2010, Sun was awarded the soloNOVA Award for Artist of the Year by terraNOVA Collective. She has also been seen on 30 Rock, Law & Order: SVU, Unforgettable, Louie, The International and Rubicon. A native of the Lower East Side, she is a Princess Grace Award winner and has worked as a teaching artist in New York City since 1998.

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

Neighborhood Studios

Neighborhood Studios is a program of the Greater Hartford Arts Council, made possible with support from Travelers, Lincoln Financial Foundation, Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A, Trust, Charles Nelson Robinson Fund, Bank of America, N.A, Trustee, Farmington Bank Community Foundation, Berkshire Bank Foundation, and Stanley D. and Hinda N. Fisher Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.