Working without a dedicated physical space is not so unusual in New York City, but it does cause us to question the nature of home and what that means for an itinerant theatre company. Here's what home means for us.
We’re a home for art that inspires action. We provide a platform for artists who are compelled to tackle social injustices through art. We’ve created a space where performers can marry their desire to make theater with their desire to examine the world at large.
We’re a home for art that transcends. Our goal is to create strong mutually-beneficial relationships beyond the theatre sector. We find great value in cross-sector collaborations, frequently working with non-profits and experts whose work overlaps with the themes we’re exploring in our shows. Our production of GIVE US BREAD (2009) included extensive programming and partnerships with 10 organizations, many of which were focused on food justice. For ANOTHER PLACE (2011), we partnered with stakeholders in the climate change sector. Alongside NO MAN’S LAND (2016) we presented “Re-Frame Your Reference,” a conversation series investigating privilege and systemic racism in today’s United States.
We’re a home for developing craft. Since 2007, we’ve hosted low-cost artist training; Jam Sessions are an opportunity for artists to work without the pressure of performance, to develop physical and vocal skills and strengthen discipline and endurance as a performer. This aids robust artist relationships. We have also hosted Master Classes with a variety of artists and practitioners, endeavoring to provide affordable training opportunities.
We’re a home for intersection. We are skilled in facilitating conversation, using collaborative theatre-making techniques to work within a diverse set of experiences. Action Workshops are theatrical brainstorming sessions specifically designed to bring together diverse groups of people to inspire new ways of communicating around conflict. In partnership with a hosting organization, we use artistic expression to empower communities to explore alternative ways of dealing with the issues they face. These workshops are most effectively when uniting two different populations, for example, college students and older residents to discuss food scarcity.