The 16 talented artists in our Artist Core have dreamed up some amazing projects, many of which have received funding from places such as the Doris Duke Foundation and Theater Communications Group. Here’s a quick update on just a few:
Five physically gifted comic actors are creating a 30-minute piece about extraterrestrials visiting strange cultures on other planets. The piece will only use a few words and will tour next summer around the Twin Cities to centers serving immigrants and other non-English speakers. The talented and hilarious Jim Lichtscheidl is leading this project.
Working with Kira Obolensky, TTT’s playwright in residence, artists are shaping a six-week curriculum to share the joys of the craft of theater—from scriptwriting to acting to improv—with inmates at Shakopee State Women’s Corrections.
Working in teams of two, actors will design creative activities to more deeply engage many of the communities where we tour. For example, two women are creating a tiny puppet show to bring to various homeless shelters to create playful situations around the story of Pericles, which we will be touring this fall. Another team will be working with non-English speaking populations through storytelling to help engage them around Fiddler On the Roof. And two more artists will work with low-income elderly populations in the Rondo neighborhood through music and song creation, to ready them for our tour of Intimate Apparel this spring. We will be working with twelve such teams (24 artists total) over our next four productions.
Kira Obolensky will create a short, one-woman show based on the memoirs of Deborah Jiang-Stein, a woman who was actually born in a prison, to tour to various audiences of low-income women. Ms. Jiang-Stein will work with Kira to shape the piece.
In the upcoming years, we’ll also be looking to our Artist Core for proposals for creative projects to engage Native American populations, working class folks and Spanish-speaking populations in particular. This new initiative is an exciting venture for TTT and the Artist Core. Stay tuned for updates!