Project: Transform

Project: Transform

2015 Project: Transform Students

2015 Project: Transform Students

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 special guest artist Kaneza Schaal 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!


2017 Aetna New Voices Fellow

Kaneza SchaalKaneza Schaal is a New York City based artist. She came up in the downtown experimental theater community, first working with The Wooster Group, then with other companies and artists including Elevator Repair Service, Richard Maxwell/New York City Players, Claude Wampler, Jay Scheib, New York City Opera, and National Public Radio. Her practice is propelled by collaboration-based process and experimentation. Her work uses text as a jumping off point to create visual, physical, sonic, narrative and abstract expression.

Schaal received a 2016 Creative Capital Award for her new work JACK& JILL, a multimedia comedy of errors that uses the writings of Psychiatrist R.D. Laing to create a play about social codes and training: from prison re-entry programs to debutante balls. Her recent work, GO FORTH was commissioned by Performance Space 122 with support from the Jerome Foundation 50th Anniversary Grant. Schaal was an Artist in Residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and received a 2014 Princess Grace Award grant, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space residency, Bogliasco Fellowship, Nathan Cummings Foundation grant, Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant, and Princess Grace George C. Wolfe Award. She was a member of Kara Walker’s 6-8 Months Space and her video work appeared in Visionaire.

Schaal is an Arts-in-Education advocate and believes that creativity and learning are inextricably linked. Her education work has spanned from universities to community centers to public high schools, from workshops for professional artists, to professional development training for teachers, to intergenerational collaborations between elders and teens. She developed The Arthur Miller Foundation’s in-schools curriculum with Institute of Play. This fall Schaal began a new project with young Syrian and Eritrean refugees through the International Children’s Book Library in Munich, Germany. This work addresses migration and storytelling through micro-plays. Schaal taught an Atelier course at Princeton University with Elevator Repair Service and has lectured at Yale University, Lincoln Center, BAM, the Brooklyn Book Festival, and her alma mater Wesleyan University, CT.

This work brought her to over 18 countries and venues including Centre Pompidou, Royal Lyceum Theater Edinburgh, REDCAT, The Whitney Museum, BAM, The Kitchen, St. Ann’s Warehouse, and MoMA.

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