This fall, the Triangle Lab has been hosting a series of gatherings to bring together artists who want to create new work in new models and who work with communities as part of their process.
We are interested in building a community of artists who want to learn from each other, share resources, and new ways of working and help us in the big project of getting more people to participate in theater-making in more different ways.
If you’re a Bay Area artist who wants to be invited to these gatherings, please email rnovick (@) calshakes.org.
In August, we hosted Michael Rohd of Sojourn Theater who shared his experience with civic engagement and some of his evolving thinking about how theater artists can engage with community. Laura Brueckner at Theatre Bay Area wrote about that visit and the Triangle Lab in general here.
Next, Teresa Eyring, the executive director of Theatre Communications Group, paid us a visit and we took the opportunity to introduce her to our growing group of artists.
On her travels across the country, Teresa shared, she’s been hearing more and more of a hunger from theater artists to change how participation works, and to experiment with new forms of theater-making. TCG will be launching a new program focused on methods for audience engagement this year (Audience Revolution) and she was eager to hear what we were working on in the Bay Area.
We met Anna Schneiderman from Ragged Wing Ensemble who told us a bit about their upcoming show “Within the Wheel” which will include an interactive online component as well as public performances in Live Oak Park in Berkeley.
Rebecca Schultz from Outlook Theater Project talked about their new project to explore the stories of LGBT refugees.
Kim Epifano described Trolley Dances, now in its ninth year. These performances use a Muni line to take audiences to different corners of a neighborhood, where a variety of different performers build site-specific work in surprising places. This year audiences start at Intersection’s site at Fifth and Mission and take the T-line to Bayview. Trolley Dances are free to the public and coming up this weekend.
Mark Rucker shared some updates about ACT’s new black box space The Costume Shop where they have funding to offer no-cost rehearsal and performance space to small companies.
Alan Quismorio from Bindlestiff Studio talked about their excitement about connecting with more arts organizations in the SOMA/Tenderloin.