Portfolio Category: Latest Projects

How A Mountain Was Made by Greg Sarris

Word for Word Performing Arts Company offers a special treat, with a reading of “Waterbug Walks Away with Copeland Creek” and “How Tom Smith Caused the 1906 Earthquake” from How a Mountain Was Made, Miwok Indian Stories for Children by Greg Sarris. With vibrant characters, exuberant dancing, and stunning masks, Word for Word brings Native writer and tribal leader Greg Sarris’ stories to life on stage for audiences of all ages.

Directed by Nancy Shelby

Saturday June 4, 2016 at 10 am

The Marsh
2120 Allston Way, Berkeley
Part of the Bay Area Book Festival
Free to the Public

WORD FOR WORD's 2016 OFF THE PAGE SERIES is made possible with the generous support of Daniel Handler and Lisa Brown as well as individual donors.

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Alphabet Rockers

Alphabet Rockers
Through performances, in-school programming, educational music, videos, apps and curriculum, Alphabet Rockers is the “Sesame Street” of Oakland, CA, and a national star of the kids music genre. They create high quality multimedia hip hop productions for young audiences that engage children while empowering them to transform their lives, their families, and their communities.

I am currently working with them as a director/writer to shape their new stage show "The Playground Zone".

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Babylon Is Burning

created by: Campo Santo and Felonious
lead writer: Star Finch
musical direction: Tommy James Shepherd Jr., Dan Wolf
choreography: Rashad Pridgen
live & original music: Juan Wonway Posibul Amador, Candice Antique Davis, Felonious,
Soul Nubian
design: Alejandro Acosta, Courtney Flores, Joan Osato, Ashley Smiley

Created with and featuring:
Juan Wonway Posibul Amador, Delina Patrice Brooks, Candice Antique Davis, Britney Frazier, Keith Pinto, Rashad Pridgen, Tommy Shepherd, Tassiana Willis, Dan Wolf
Produced by Circuit Network
in association with Felonious, Campo Santo, & Ictus with Intersection for the Arts

Babylon is Burning is made possible in part with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grants program, Theatre Bay Area's CA$H grant program, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation

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Sound in the Silence Gdansk

30 high school students from Germany, Poland, and Hungary meet each other, visit charged locations, and express their impressions through theater, music, dance, and writing. From September 6 - 12, 2015 we explored Westerplatte, Stutthof concentration camp, the Gdansk Shipyards and the birth of the Solidarity movement. The project ended in the city of Sopot with a multi-disciplinary performance created by the participants.

Sound in the Silence is an international, interdisciplinary performance project that centers on historical education. We focus on charged locations that hold historical significance to our collaborators, participants, and partners. Over the course of a week a select group of international students, artists, and teachers are introduced to each other’s culture, history, and identity. Through workshops and performance we express how our narratives intersect and collide. The goal of the project is to connect people to history through art and to foster international dialogue.

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Back To The Source Teacher Training

Every summer a group of teachers come to American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco to plunge into the art of acting and dramatic collaboration. Through a series of movement, voice, and devised theater workshops the teacher becomes the student by taking creative risks. Together we re-ignite a passion for expression that leads them to bring to new insight into their classroom practice.

My role is the director of the devised theater project that is at the core of their experience. We go from blank page to sharing performance in five days and along the way uncover new skills that enable us to listen, trust, communicate, and collaborate with our fellow teachers, our students, and ourselves.

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Anna Deavere Smith Notes From The Field: The California Chapter

As part of Anna Deavere Smith’s new piece Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education – the California Chapter I was one of 20+ facilitators who led nightly discussions culled from the ideas in the play. The conversation - considered Act Two - was designed to bring the Berkeley Repertory Theatre audience further into the topic of the school to prison pipeline. Created by Youth Speaks, in collaboration with ADS Pipeline, the 25-minute writing workshop challenged the audience to confront themselves about their connection to the complex issues of race and incarceration, and commit to a small or large action that will lead us all towards a changed future.

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Oakland Tales with Word for Word

Working with Bay Area theater company Word for Word and Awele Makebe to present Oakland Tales: Secrets of the Town a play featuring students from Oakland's Skyline High School. A coming of age story set in East and West Oakland, the play is a staging of selected chapters from a book written by local author Summer Brenner.

Word for Word is a Bay Area based performing arts company that stages novels and short stories "word for word".

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Felonious is a critically acclaimed live hip hop collective and theater company. Since 1998 Felonious has been a force in the Bay Area theater and music scene – often creating series, projects and productions that merge the two mediums. From the six-piece live hip hop band to award winning theater productions this collective of rappers, actors, beat boxers, musicians, dancers and writers are "known to turn Hip Hop shows into ass-shaking Musical Theater”.


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