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- BlogMon, 7 Mar 2016An Evening of Dance and Conversation
As the Artistic Director of the Intersections Dance Collective, I have the unique privilege to help develop an approach to intercultural, interfaith and interdisciplinary dialogue through movement and choreographic expression. Our aim is to learn about and from others, and to share experiences and artistic practices. In this light, it... more...Filters: Arts & Humanities
- BlogMon, 22 Feb 2016Artist Fighting Cancer
Last month, a close friend of mine was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer, and my life perspective hasn't been the same since. He's very young, and the thought of him having to fight such a challenging battle, let alone — God forbid — possibly losing this battle, reinforces the idea that life isn't fair,... more...Filters: Arts & Humanities
- BlogThu, 21 Jan 2016The Intersections Dance Collective is Making a...
The Intersections Dance Collective (IDC) was formed in 2014 with four dancers of diverse performing backgrounds, two multi-skilled musicians, and an artistic director from France, with the goal of inspiring social change through movement and expression. Our performances would be unique in that audiences wouldn’t just sit and watch,... more...Filters: Arts & Humanities
- BlogTue, 19 Jan 2016Community Policing in Montclair
Last week, I attended an enthusiastic community gathering in Montclair, NJ where Farid Johnson and Vieve Price announced the launch of “Phase 2” of our Community/Police Enrichment Training. Religious, cultural and community leaders were present and expressed their enthusiasm for this project, and their earnest desire that we... more...Filters: Arts & Humanities
- BlogTue, 8 Dec 2015Christmas Trees and Menorahs
My younger son, Elijah, was baptized last Saturday, on his second birthday. If you are familiar with Catholic guilt, you might imagine relatives wondering, what took so long? Catholic children are often baptized within the first few months of life, and I waited two years. I had always intended to do it, but it was my wife, who is Jewish,... more...Filters: Arts & Humanities
- BlogMon, 23 Nov 2015Uniform Justice - What Does Our Youth Think?
At the end of the performance, a familiar-looking boy tapped my shoulder as I was packing props into a suitcase. I would guess he was about nine years old. “This one was even better than the one at PCCC,” he said to me. I was trying so hard to remember where I knew him from that his statement didn’t register at first.... more...Filters: Arts & Humanities
- BlogMon, 28 Sep 2015The Future of Theatre for Social Change
Two weeks ago I visited my alma mater, SUNY Geneseo, as one of three guest artists invited to provide workshops on what I call theatre for social change. I describe this as theatre that explicitly addresses social issues in a constructive way. In my experience it usually engages an audience through more than just the performance - ie... more...Filters: Arts & Humanities
- BlogTue, 15 Sep 2015A Meeting to Spark Hope, Insight, and Action
Twenty-six of us sat in a circle at the back of the Amistad Chapel in the United Church of Christ’s national offices in Cleveland. Our group consisted of current and retired police officers, clergy, arts administrators, and community activists. Many were eager to speak, but some were there just to listen, to get a better sense of... more...Filters: Arts & Humanities
- BlogMon, 24 Aug 2015Opening the Next Chapter in the Collaboration...
For nearly seven years now, I have been leading TE’A and progressively developing it as a platform for the collaborative design and creation of Insight theatre. Some of you reading this blog have been with me for the entire journey, and those of you who have will know that TE’A and Intersections have collaborated in one way... more...Filters: Arts & Humanities
- BlogTue, 28 Jul 2015The Uniform Justice Experience, From the Tour to...
Can theatre uncover the surface of police-community conflict? Absolutely. Because writing a play is something like opting to write a letter instead of engaging in an emotionally charged argument with someone you’re in conflict with. The kind of argument where you worry that the words won’t come out right, if at all. If only... more...Filters: Arts & Humanities