Artist Initiator Program
Artist Core members lead playful and innovative workshops to deepen people’s engagement around the themes of the season productions, choosing specific communities on the tour. For example, with Fiddler on the Roof, artists sang songs and told stories of home with low-income seniors and immigrant populations. With Pericles, artists engaged audiences at homeless shelters with a suitcase puppet pre-show, complete with ukulele accompaniment.
Shakopee Arts Learning Program
Over 20 years of performing at Shakopee Women’s Corrections, TTT has discovered that female inmates are particularly responsive to and curious about our work. TTT playwright-in-residence Kira Obolensky persuaded the prison administration to pilot an 18-week workshop, inviting different TTT artists to host various sessions on acting, writing and improvisation, whose success led to 24 workshops in 2017-18 for 30 inmates focused on playwriting and presentation skills.
New Original Work
Huh? Jim Lichtscheidl and Artist Core members created this 30-minute comic piece using no words to include non-English speaking audiences in TTT’s work. The show toured it in summer 2017 to two immigrant centers.
Prison Baby: Kira Obolensky, in collaboration with actor Shá Cage, is creating Prison Baby, a 45-minute piece based on the memoirs of Deborah Jiang-Stein, who was born in a women’s prison, to tour to audiences of low-income and incarcerated women.
Juracan: Ricardo Vazquez is drawing on his Puerto Rican roots to create an entertaining and informative one-man show about the complicated history of Puerto Rico and its largely American-created $120 billion debt crisis. Vazquez will partner with writer and director Robert Rosen.
- All activities of the Artist Core are supported by the McKnight Foundation.
- The Artist initiator program is supported in part by the Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) Arts Access program, as well as Marbrook Foundation and Theater Communications Group.
- The Shakopee Arts Learning program is support by a MSAB Arts Learning grant.
- The New Original Work is supported by TTT's Melanie Haddox Fund, created by a generous donor's bequest.