During the 2014 TCG National Conference Producing Director Zak Berkman discussed New Play Frontiers as part of a panel on Radical Outreach: New Directions for Activating Underserved Audiences. Jump to 40:58 to hear about NPF specifically.
Companies are expanding their programming and artists are creating new toolboxes for reaching and activating underserved communities that have potential for being not just robust new audience bases, but storytelling resources and surprising hubs of artistic inspiration. Hear from an artist who has taken his performance art to new communities in the form of a taco truck, and from organizations creating initiatives to develop new plays that are born from and speak to specific populations around their theaters. How have they all engaged with community partners to serve these communities? Where have these partnerships flourished, and where have they faltered?
Dominique Morrisseau at the Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center's Open House in December 2013.
NPF writers Dominique Morrisseau, Colman Domingo, and Kate Fodor at the Chester County Historical Society
Colman and Dominique at the Chester County Food Bank
Colman at Philly Fades barber shop in Phoenixville
Commissioned writer Eisa Davis and NPF Associate Vern Thiessen tour the Cordivano Brothers, Inc. mushroom farm with President Joseph Cordivano
Eisa at La Comunidad Hispana, her lead community partner and a major resource for Spanish-speaking constituencies in Kennett Square
Colman in front of Nailer's Row where the workers at the Foundry were housed in Phoenixville
Kate Fodor, Karen Hartman, and Eisa Davis at a planning dinner for Community Matters