I had a really magical time in Hilo, Hawaii with the community-oriented artists collective, The New Alchemists, in partnership with Full Life Hawaii and the East Hawaii Cultural Center. The Live Aloha Festival brought art, joy, celebration, and social justice to the community of Hilo from January 11-12. I facilitated puppet building workshops at the East Hawaii Cultural Center and the Hilo Public Library. Local artist Lee Michael Walczuk and I facilitated community members in creating giant parade puppets for “A Puppets 4 Peace Parade,” in partnership with Full Life Hawaii.
I spent a restful and productive month at Paul Artspace as a writer-in-residence with local visual artists Alexis Riviera and Steven Coplin.
The one woman show I worked on, RaiseLess Corn and More Hell: Annie Diggs, A Prairie Populist, will be included in the Paul Artspace: 2018 Year In Review Exhibition starting December 1st at Bermuda Projects in Ferguson, MO.
I enjoyed the open studios and the opportunity to engage with local creatives and the Paul Artspace community at the bonfire on Nov 4.
Here are images of the inside of the house.
Here was my studio space.
Here are some of the photos of the Paul Artspace grounds. When I arrived, the fall foliage was fantastic.
The Center at West Park’s FURNACE FESTIVAL presents: [Un]Earthed
Written by Lavinia Roberts.
Directed by Michael Padden
Starring: Guto Carvalho, Ziaphora Dakile, Fortuna Gebresellassie, Celester Rich, Krystal Sobaskie
Some are considered lucky when they find themselves in a refugee camp after the destruction. But in the struggle to build a new life, Myra and her father have to find a way to pick up where they left off on Earth. How will they thrive when all they’ve known is lost in order to begin again? Find out what happens when everything becomes [Un]Earthed.
All tickets to the Furnace Festival are just $10 and include an ice-cold Beer*, Soda, Water, or Wine* to help you beat the heat.
The Center at West Park’s Balcony Theater is located on the second floor of the historic landmark West Park Presbyterian Church at 165 W 86th Street in Manhattan.
I am really excited to share “A Little Drama: Playful Activities for Young Children,” published with Redleaf Press. This labor of love is scheduled to be released early July. I hope that this educational resource book will bring more theatre into early childhood spaces and be an easy-to-use resource for busy educators and caregivers.