2017 Idea Swap Project Ideas

The Idea Swap is NEFA's annual event that provides opportunities for New England-based nonprofit presenting organizations to network and share project ideas.

Post your project idea! Follow the instructions below. These projects will have the potential to tour New England through NEFA's Expeditions grant program.

Learn more about the 16th annual Idea Swap, and register today!

How to submit your Idea Swap project:

Complete and submit your proposal online.

  • Project ideas must be submitted by Friday, October 6, 2017. If you are selected to present, you will be notified by Tuesday, October 17.
  • Project ideas must include a link to a video or audio work sample of the artist. The work sample does not have to be of the proposed project. It will be reviewed by NEFA when considering project ideas for the selected five minute presentations. Work samples will NOT be posted on the Idea Swap Project Ideas page. If chosen to present, you must provide a downloadable file of the work sample. You will be given the chance to review your work sample for the Idea Swap.
  • Project ideas with at least one interested presenter and creative presentations, which may include the featured artist, are given priority.

SUBMIT PROJECT IDEA

by 10.6.17

Browse Projects by Title: A-H

A + B
ARTIST: Ali Kenner Brodsky & Betsy Miller
DISCIPLINE: Dance

Choreographers Ali Kenner Brodsky and Betsy Miller present “A+B”: a shared evening of contemporary dance. The partnership was conceived of as an opportunity to employ New England area artists in the creation of high-caliber dance works. The latest A+B installment showcases intimate solos and quirky duets. The performances will feature a mixture of new premieres and audience pleasers from the repertory of both choreographers.

SUBMITTED BY: Ali Kenner Brodsky | Ali Kenner Brodsky & Co. Dartmouth, MA


AARON LARGET-CAPLAN - BACH, INDIA, DREAMS & DANCE 
ARTIST: Aaron Larget-Caplan
DISCIPLINE: Music

Bach to the Far East & India. Bowdoin college composer Vineet Shende and Aaron Larget-Caplan collaborate in an exploration of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier and Indian ragas through Shende’s Carnatic Preludes, re-imaginings of some of the famed WTC Preludes in a South Indian musical language. Each Carnatic Prelude is paired with Larget-Caplan’s artistic transcription of the original keyboard prelude for guitar. Presenter: Bowdoin College – Spring 2018. West coast tour in Spring 2018.

SUBMITTED BY: Aaron Larget-Caplan | ALC Music | Boston, MA


THE ADVENTURES OF OLIVER Z. WANDERKOOK
ARTIST: Circulus Arts
DISCIPLINE: Dance, Music, Theater, Spoken Word/Storytelling, Multidisciplinary, Animation

Famed explorer Oliver Z. Wanderkook is missing. Circulus Arts invites audiences to piece together his last expedition from journal fragments that have washed ashore. Presented as a guided exhibit, participants are immersed in an evening of live music, dance, animation, and spoken word. Their own trip through the Land of the Two Suns is an exploration of identity, community, self-expression, and collaboration.

SUBMITTED BY: Jonny Peiffer  | Circulus Arts | Portsmouth, NH


AND SO WE WALKED: AN ARTIST'S JOURNEY ALONG THE TRAIL OF TEARS
ARTIST: DeLanna Studi
DISCIPLINE: Theater

DeLanna Studi, a Cherokee artist, has written AND SO WE WALKED: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears, an inspiring story about a contemporary Cherokee woman and her father who retrace the path her great-great grandparents took along the Trail of Tears. AND SO WE WALKED is a powerful memoir drawing on interviews and personal experience. Developed with the cooperation of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Cherokee Nation, Native Voices, Kenan Institute for the Arts and MAP Fund.

SUBMITTED BY: Corey Madden | Kenan Institute for the Arts | Winston-Salem, NC


BABYLON
ARTIST: Sandglass Theater Ensemble
DISCIPLINE: Puppetry

Sandglass Theater's new production looks at the relationship of refugees to their homelands, lost and new, and the conflicts that exist within American communities to which they have fled. Working with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, we have interviewed "new residents" in order to gain first hand insight into their plight, trauma and the challenges of resettlement. We plan to tour this production with accompanying workshops to venues around the country.

SUBMITTED BY: Eric Bass | Sandglass Theater | Putney, VT


BENEATH THE GAVEL: THE INTERACTIVE ART AUCTION PLAY
ARTIST: Bated Breath Theatre Company
DISCIPLINE: Theater

Beneath the Gavel drops the audience into the epicenter of the white-hot art market. The audience grabs "play money” shot from cash cannons that they use to bid on real works of art. Using physical theatre and multi-media elements, the play gives the audience an unforgettable inside look at the only market —besides the stock market —to show up on the front pages of every major newspaper. Beneath the Gavel was created for the New Britain Museum of American Art and premiered Off-Broadway in 2017.

SUBMITTED BY: Mara Lieberman | Bated Breath Theatre Company | Hartford, CT


BOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD: A JOURNEY THROUGH HINDI CINEMA
ARTIST: Bollywood Boulevard
DISCIPLINE: Multidisciplinary

With dance, live music and stunning visuals and films, Bollywood Boulevard creates a live 3D film experience on stage, taking audiences on a journey though over 100 years of Hindi cinema. Through hallmark songs and dance, this fast-paced and entertaining show captures the artistry, spirit, grandeur, and impact of Bollywood. As the show moves from the era of black and while films to today, the music, costumes, choreography, and artwork reflect the essence of each time period.

SUBMITTED BY: Heena Patel | MELA Arts Connect | Edison, NJ


CIRCUS: WANDERING CITY
ARTIST: ETHEL
DISCIPLINE: Music, Film

Circus – Wandering City is an evening-length multimedia performance that explores the phenomenon of circus through the eyes and insights of people who created its special thrills and illusions – conjuring its mystery and magic through a multi-arts experience. Commissioned by the John and Mable Ringling Museum' the work combines projections of stunning images, films and interviews, the words of circus performers past and present, and original music composed and performed live by ETHEL.

SUBMITTED BY: Shannon Mayers Redfern Arts Center | Keene, NH


THE CLOWN OF GOD
ARTIST: Pat Picciano/Alchemists' Workshop
DISCIPLINE: Puppetry

For the past year puppet maker and co-director Pat Picciano has been working with composer Will Ogmundson and librettist Tom Dunn to bring Tomie dePaola's book The Clown of God to life with the support of the Henson Foundation.

SUBMITTED BY: Tom Dunn | Alchemists' Workshop | Henniker, NH


CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS
ARTIST: ANIKAYA
DISCIPLINE: Dance, Theater

ANIKAYA Dance Theater explores stories of modern day travelers—collected from members of local Muslim, refugee and dance communities—in a movement-based dramatic work featuring projection, an original sound-score, and dancers from Boston, Egypt, Brazil and beyond. Commissioned by Boston Center for the Arts, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, this new work is inspired by the epic storyline of the Persian literary masterpiece The Conference of the Birds.

SUBMITTED BY: Wendy Jehlen | ANIKAYA/Akhra, Inc.| Somerville, MA 


DESCENT
ARTIST: Alice Sheppard / Kinetic Light
DISCIPLINE: Dance, Multidisciplinary

Performed on an architectural ramp installation with hills, curves and peaks, DESCENT celebrates the pleasure of reckless abandon. Obliterating assumptions of what dance, beauty, and disability can be, this evening-length duet takes audiences on a transformative ride.

SUBMITTED BY: Lisa Niedermeyer | Kinetic Light New York, NY


DIALOGUE 
ARTIST: Tracks//Where will dance take you?
DISCIPLINE: Dance

DIAlogue includes five diverse artists from the "Tracks//Where will dance take you?" roster. The project includes performance and dialogue about life scattered across this world. The program shares knowledge and stories in an effort to support transcultural conversations in rural areas. We dance and dialogue about race, gender and religion across the world through rural touring. We share language, diversity, knowledge and confidence about different cultures in areas that don't have access to it.

SUBMITTED BY: Kathleen Nasti | Tracks//Where will dance take you? Sharon, MA and Pittsburgh, PA


EIGHTEEN REFRAINS RE: RHODA
ARTIST: Barbie Diewald Choreography
DISCIPLINE: Dance

Eighteen Refrains Re:Rhoda—inspired by the unspoken soliloquys of one character in Virginia Woolf’s The Waves—comprises five concurrent solos, performed in a landscape of over a thousand origami fortune tellers. Featuring live interactive electronic music by composer and multimedia artist Jazer Giles, the work premiered in Massachusetts and New York City in 2017. The company is planning a 2018 New England tour.

SUBMITTED BY: Barbie DiewaldBarbie Diewald ChoreographyNorthampton, MA


EL LOBO Y LA PALOMA
ARTIST: Bourassa Dance
DISCIPLINE: Dance

Created by flamenco dancer Lindsey Bourassa, El Lobo y La Paloma is a multimedia, contemporary flamenco performance that explores the theme of loss, connection, and the importance of grief through all original flamenco dance, Arabic music and song, poetry, projected imagery, and animal symbolism. The work honors the universal experience of loss, be it a loved one, a homeland, a freedom, a right, an identity, an ability. Collaborating artists hail from Maine, Kuwait, Iran, Canada and Iraq.

SUBMITTED BY: Lindsey Bourassa Bourassa Dance Portland, ME


EQUATORS
ARTIST: Tnmot Aztro Performance Art and Dance Installation LLC
DISCIPLINE: Dance, Multidisciplinary

Equators reflects queer black thought; luxe, minimalistic, heavy, stark movement/sculpture and a complex lighting design the installation’s thematic concerns center around quality of life, territory, order, climate change, queerness and racial divides that are manifested in homes, neighborhoods, and geography due to impacts of zoning, segregation/gentrification. We explore how the most marginalized populations on the planet will experience the adversity associated with climate change. 

SUBMITTED BY: Arien Wilkerson| Tnmot Aztro Performance Art and Dance Installation LLC| Hartford, CT


THE ETHEL MERMAN DISCO PROJECT 
ARTIST: Alexander Davis Dance (ADD)
DISCIPLINE: Dance, Theater

In 1979, at the age of 71, Ethel Merman recorded her last studio album before her death. "The Ethel Merman Disco Album" exists as a centerpiece of gay camp culture that raises questions of artistic integrity, the commercialization of queer culture, and gay male/straight female relationships. Join dancers Alexander Davis and Joy Davis (and a few special guests) as they explore these questions in a high energy evening-length, contemporary dance/theater/cabaret performance.

SUBMITTED BY: Alexander Davis Alexander Davis Dance Boston, MA


FARFALLE OR PANDA'S HOME  
ARTIST: Compagnia TPO
DISCIPLINE: Theater

Weaving dance, storytelling, and visuals into a magical hands-on performance, COMPAGNIA TPO creates interactive installations that blur the line between art and creative play. COMPAGNIA TPO is practiced in creating Sensory Friendly environments, designed to provide a welcoming atmosphere to families with children on the autism spectrum or with other sensory sensitivities. Both works explore the natural world; Panda’s Home offers the additional possibility of connecting with Chinese culture.

SUBMITTED BY: Aimee Petrin | Portland Ovations | Portland, ME


FAUNA
ARTIST: Fauna
DISCIPLINE: Theater, Contemporary Circus/Physical Theater

Fauna is physical theatre with five acrobats & a live musician. It consists of pair acrobatics, floor acrobatics, hand balancing, dynamic group acrobatics, & static trapeze. The acrobats move on & off stage throughout, utilising character interactions to transition between scenes rather than curtains, while the musician remains visible for the duration. The piece creates an alternate world through movement & music integrating high technique into character interactions & focused physical theatre.

SUBMITTED BY: Michelle Grove | Wesleyan University Center for the ArtsMiddletown, CT


THE FORCE OF THINGS
ARTIST: International Contemporary Ensemble
DISCIPLINE: Multidisciplinary

Ovations seeks partners for ICE’s immersive installation The Force of Things: An Opera for Objects. Performed by seven musicians, Force draws on object theater, puppetry, live and electroacoustic music, architectural design and kinetic, sound-generating sculpture in its examination of a post-human world devastated by climate change. In addition to classical and new music lovers, this non-passive/audience engaging project offers opportunity to engage architects, visual artists, scientists.

SUBMITTED BY: Aimee Petrin | Portland Ovations | Portland, ME


FOUR LEGS TO STAND ON
ARTIST: COAAST
DISCIPLINE: Theater

Four Legs To Stand On is a modern American story about one family’s struggle with their child’s opioid addiction. Through humor and realism contrasted against hypocrisy this story invites the audience to take a seat at the proverbial kitchen table. The play was created from stories of Rhode Islanders affected by the epidemic. This therapeutic theater production is always followed by a talk-back where the audience is able to process emotions, break through stigma, and create communal healing.

SUBMITTED BY: Ana Bess Moyer Bell | Creating Outreach About Addiction Support TogetherSouth Kingstown, RI


THE FOUR LOVES
ARTIST: Neoteric Dance Collaborative 
DISCIPLINE: Dance

The Four Loves is an evening of dance that explores four ancient Greek words for love and how they manifest themselves in our lives. Interspersed with narrative text from The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis, the work explores romance, family relationships, friendship and spiritual life. Ready for touring in September 2018, the project is adaptable and can be paired with community workshops and involvement.

SUBMITTED BY: Sarah Duclos | Neoteric Dance Collaborative | Portsmouth, NH


FLORENCE RICE HITCHCOCK & THE THEORY OF THE SOFT EARTH  
ARTIST: Sara Smith
DISCIPLINE: Multidisciplinary

Florence Rice Hitchcock and the Theory of the Soft Earth is choreographer Sara Smith’s newest creation – a multimedia performance that combines dance with animation and mock documentary. It tells the story of Florence Rice Hitchcock, a nineteenth-century geologist and prophet who has visions of 20th-century science. Florence is a fictional amalgam of actual historical figures. The work is performed by Candice Salyers and features lighting design by Kathy Couch and is available to tour in 2018.

SUBMITTED BY: Sara Coffey| Vermont Performance Lab | Guilford, VT


FROM THE TOP
ARTIST: Subject:Matter
DISCIPLINE: Dance, Music

From The Top is an evening length work that explores themes of alienation, contrast, mental health, community and the relationship between the part and whole. The work uses pop culture references as a means for inviting the audience into a rapidly and unexpectedly shifting world. From The Top is made for six dancers and requires a tap dance appropriate floor.

SUBMITTED BY: Ian Berg| Subject:Matter| Boston, MA


GHOSTS OF VIOLENCE 
ARTIST: Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada
DISCIPLINE: Dance

Named best in Dance in Canada in 2012! The multi-media production, Ghosts of Violence has now toured to over 50 communities in Canada. It is an emotionally charged work inspired by the lives of 23 NB women murdered by their partner. Through evocative lighting, music and multi-media, the ballet captures the memory of these silent victims and tells stories of their struggles and hopes. The ballet can also be delivered with our award-winning education program for middle, high school, university.

SUBMITTED BY: Susan Chalmers-Gauvin Atlantic Ballet Atlantique CanadaMoncton, New Brunswick


GLOBAL THEATRE: A PERFORMANCE SERIES
ARTIST: Curated artist driven residency
DISCIPLINE: Multidisciplinary

Created in 2015, the Global Theatre Performance Series provides an opportunity to share in the live experience that transcends any one artform and explores the liminal spaces between art, theatre, and performance within the intimate Wien Experimental Theatre. The series invites international curators to engage with artists and curate a themed performance series. Examples include: Its a Womans world, American Music Series, White/Boys/Black/Girls, WAR STORIES.

SUBMITTED BY: Peter Van Heerden| Quick Center for the Arts | Fairfield, CT


GOING GREEN- THE AMP-IRE STRIKES BACK: A VAMPIRE ENERGY PLAY
ARTIST: Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children's Theater
DISCIPLINE: Multidisciplinary

A performance and hands-on multi-aged vampire hunt throughout the school or public facility where the audience learns how to identify wasted energy, vanquish vampires and help Carbon Footprint Monster to reduce his HUGE carbon footprint! Our goal for this theatrical piece is to bring about awareness of how we as citizens can learn about reducing our carbon footprint by using clean energy and eliminating Vampire energy (wasted energy). We customize our program to suit!

SUBMITTED BY: Leslie Elias | Grumbling Gryphons West Cornwall, CT


GOOD GRIEF
ARTIST: Everett Company
DISCIPLINE: Dance, Theater, Multidisciplinary

Good Grief is born from Everett’s work with groups of middle schoolers and police officers – both suffering from trauma. Working with their wrenching stories, Everett explores how emotions live in the body and how we access them for healing. Humor can be an invaluable lifeline. Good Grief interweaves social justice, the science behind emotions, and human connectedness in multimedia dance theater that brings the hidden to light.

SUBMITTED BY: Aaron Jungels | Everett | Providence, RI


GRAVITY
ARTIST: A Far Cry
DISCIPLINE: Music

AFC is proud to present Gravity, a program that moves from heavenly heights down to the earthy and rustic, featuring Pärt: Silouan’s Song, Xenakis: Aurora, Luther Adams: Wind In High Places, and Bartok: Divertimento. AFC’s conceptual programming has been praised by The Boston Globe as "just the kind of imaginative artistic agenda more groups should be prodded to try." Performances of Gravity are confirmed at Boston’s Jordan Hall (April 12), Merrimack College (April 13) and Yale University (April 16).

SUBMITTED BY: Michael Unterman A Far CryBoston, MA


HOLOSCENES
ARTIST: Lars Jan
DISCIPLINE: Multidisciplinary

Holoscenes is a suite of multi-format artworks that manifest states of drowning — both in water & the larger systems of our own devising — in order to connect short-term, everyday behaviors of individuals to long-term patterns driving global climate change. It translates streams of scientific investigation into a visual, visceral, & public address in urban communal space, challenging our capacities for long-term thinking & empathy. Holoscenes will be a centerpiece of Providence's annual PVDFest.

SUBMITTED BY: Kathleen Pletcher FirstWorks | Providence, RI


THE HOUSE OF ACCUMULATED BEAUTIES 
ARTIST: Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion
DISCIPLINE: Multidisciplinary

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has named Peter DiMuro as the first of this era's choreographers in residence. Peter, along with his company of multi-dimensional artists and guests will inhabit and (literally) illuminate the Gardner Museum's galleries and gardens for a period of 5 months in early 2018, culminating in site specific tours. Seed movement material was developed at The Yard while Peter was a Schonberg (Boston) Fellow this summer. Sound and visual collaborators under consideration

SUBMITTED BY: Peter DiMuro | Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion | Boston, MA


HOUSE WARMING
ARTIST: Jesse Hawley and James Stanley
DISCIPLINE: Theater

Staged as a housewarming party – with audience as our guests – this intimate spectacle uses small talk, show and tell, parlor tricks, song and dance to explore themes of identity, isolation and the psychic entropy that takes hold when we close our doors to the outside world. Devised by longtime NTUSA collaborators Jesse Hawley and James Stanley, this piece is adaptable to a variety of traditional and non-traditional spaces and is ready to tour.

SUBMITTED BY: James Stanley Jesse Hawley and James Stanley | Marion, MA

Browse Projects by Title: I-P

I PROMISE
ARTIST: ShaLeigh Dance Works
DISCIPLINE: Dance

This project is for the presentation of the company’s newest dance theatre work entitled I Promise. This opportunity will be used as a springboard to launch the programming and visibility of SDW’s work and create a platform for professional growth. The project aims to build general awareness of the company’s work and to generate support and leads for programming. 

SUBMITTED BY: ShaLeigh Comerford| ShaLeigh Dance Works  | Durham, NC


IF YOU KNEW YOU THEN
ARTIST: Elm City Dance Collective
DISCIPLINE: Dance

If You Knew You Then is a patchwork reconstruction of circumstances evolved from revisiting past behaviors and memories of the dancers' younger selves. Emerged from themes such as leader and follower, aggression, tension and support, and peer influence, the 60-minute work builds a robust movement landscape where the performers are challenged with negotiating group chemistry and social constructs as they move through a social and solitary terrain. Made for a 17 x 21 space in the round.

SUBMITTED BY: Kellie Lynch | Elm City Dance Collective | New Haven, CT


IMAGINARY
ARTIST: Lida Winfield
DISCIPLINE: Dance, Theater, Multidisciplinary

IMAGINARY: Mixing dance and theater; five artists create a quirky, socially poignant work exploring perception in relation to imagination. How does imagination assist in shaping potential, reality and our world? What is real? What is pretend? An NPN Creation co-commissioned by The Flynn Center, The Yard, Middlebury College, and Jacob's Pillow. Expeditions Grant - yes - join us! NEST Eligible. IMAGINARY begins teaching and touring after its premiere in February of 2018. 

SUBMITTED BY: Lida Winfield | Lida Winfield - Performing Artist/Educator | Middlebury, VT


KALFOU
ARTIST: Zili Misik 
DISCIPLINE: Music, Multidisciplinary

Kalfou explores Afro-Atlantic connections at the crossroads of African, European, & Native music cultures. Employing music, dance, & video, Kalfou explores the inseparable history & survival of Western European, West African, & Indigenous people, whose Art Music has created (e.g.) African American spirituals, Haitian roots music, & Trinidian Calypso. Kalfou engages & transport audiences in an interactive exploration of these stories, dancing, singing, & playing instruments along the way.

SUBMITTED BY: Kera Washington | Zili Misik | Boston, MA


KALRIPAYATT
ARTIST: Chavi Bansal/Vimoksha
DISCIPLINE: Dance

Vimoksha dance explores a new dance vocabulary that harness the power of ancient, Indian martial arts practice of Kalaripayatt and modern dance. Supported by The Boston Foundation, this project is the first step in developing a new dance pedagogy honed through extensive training, performance, and presentations to bring this vocabulary to a larger audience.

SUBMITTED BY: Chavi Bansal| Vimoksha/Chavi Bansal  | Cambridge, MA


KNOW NO.
ARTIST: Masary Studios
DISCIPLINE: Music, Multidisciplinary

Know No. is a multi-media performance by Masary Studios (Maria Finkelmeier, Sam Okerstrom-Lang, and Ryan Edwards). A dozen performers combine percussive sounds, voices, light, video projection, and poetry in a piece designed to enable audience members to reflect upon the complex, emotional and visceral human reactions to denial.

SUBMITTED BY: Maria FinkelmeierMasary Studios | Boston, MA


THE LECTERN: RULE BY RULE BY RULE
ARTIST: Sara Juli & Claire Porter
DISCIPLINE: Dance, Theater, Multidisciplinary

A riot of rules, "The Lectern: rule by rule by rule" playfully overturns our everyday protocols, manners and laws and exposes them for their freedoms and limitations. In today's climate of alternate facts and changing protocols- is there an upside? Using movement, text, sound, song, and a catwalk runway, the acclaimed comedic performers, Claire Porter and Sara Juli, upend our day-to-day, necessary-to-survive rule-rituals, and find the hilarious in the rule-bending of our daily lives.

SUBMITTED BY: Sara Juli| Falmouth, ME


LET'S DANCE!
ARTIST: Neoteric Dance Collaborative
DISCIPLINE: Dance

Let’s Dance! is a hybrid dance party and performance series. The event kicks off with a dance lesson followed by social dancing with intermittent performances by Neoteric Dance Collaborative. At the night's end, the audience is invited to participate in the finale for a truly fun and immersive experience. Let's Dance! productions are built around genres of music. Currently, Soul Edition and 80s Edition are available for touring and 90s Edition will be ready to tour in September 2018.

SUBMITTED BY: Sarah Duclos Neoteric Dance Collaborative Portsmouth, NH


IINISIKIMM
ARTIST: New England Puppet Arts/Czapno Theatre Ensemble
DISCIPLINE: Puppetry, Multidisciplinary

Iinisikimm is an outdoor puppet-lantern performance and homecoming for the Buffalo of Banff National Park. Buffalo once roamed North America in the millions but European expansion west led to their close extinction. In Iinisikimm the Blackfoot trickster character, Na'pi retells the history of the Buffalo through song, dance, story and light. Featuring the drummers of Eya-Hey Nakoda and the Czapno Theatre Ensemble.

SUBMITTED BY: David LaneNew England Puppet Arts | North Adams, MA


MAKE BELIEVE
ARTIST: Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre
DISCIPLINE: Dance

Awarded a 2017 NDP Grant, Rosie Herrera’s newest work, Make Believe, investigates religious upbringing and spiritual practices. Joined by collaborators David Brick/Dramaturg and Maiko Matsushima/Design Consultant, Rosie takes us on a journey through make believe and the interspaces between belief, faith, and love. In development this next year with creative residencies at MANCC, Cape Fear Comm College/Wilson Center, and The Yard prior to a world premier at the 2018 American Dance Festival

SUBMITTED BY: Peter DiMuroThe Dance Complex | Cambridge, MA


MAN OF THE HOUR
ARTIST: Boston Dance Theater
DISCIPLINE: Dance

Under the co-artistic directorship of Jessie Jeanne Stinnett and Itzik Galili, Boston Dance Theater (BDT) is poised to launch as Boston’s newest contemporary repertory company. BDT will exist to merge international choreographers with local dancers. The first program features works by Galili, Cayetano Soto, and Sidra Bell, presented by World Music/CRASHarts at the ICA Boston on Nov 30 and Dec 1, 2018. This program will be open for touring in early 2019.

SUBMITTED BY: Jessie J. StinnettBoston Dance Theater| Boston, MA


MELAZA
ARTIST: Marsha Parrilla/Danza Orgánica
DISCIPLINE: Dance

Melaza explores stories of Puerto Rico as a colonized nation, and how the political situation in the USA in terms of Blackness, gender, and language impacts the culture of the island, propelling its constant diasporic status. We explore the current relationship between PR and the USA, and key historical moments that have shaped Puerto Rico, and its current chaotic status.

SUBMITTED BY: Marsha Parrilla Danza OrgánicaBoston, MA


MEET FRED
ARTIST: Hijinx
DISCIPLINE: Puppetry

Meet Fred, the two foot tall cloth puppet that fights prejudice every day. He just wants to be a regular guy, part of the real world, to get a job and meet a girl, but when threatened with losing his PLA (Puppetry Living Allowance), Fred’s life begins to spiral out of his control. Contains strong language and puppet nudity.

SUBMITTED BY: Roxanna Myhrum Puppet Showplace Theater Brookline, MA


MOVING STORIES
ARTIST: Moving Stories Foundation
DISCIPLINE: Dance, Music, Theater, Spoken Word/Storytelling

Moving Stories Foundation partners with local organizations to produce live, full-length performances integrating storytelling with original music and dance. Our mission is to create high-quality arts productions that empower individuals within the community, creating a platform for them to share their voices and their stories. We strive to address relevant social issues, through the lens of personal experience, while enhancing the content of stories told through music and dance.

SUBMITTED BY: Jenny Herzog Moving Stories FoundationCambridge, MA


THE NATURE OF FORGETTING 
ARTIST: Theatre Re
DISCIPLINE: Theater

Inspired by neurobiological research and interviews with people living with dementia, The Nature of Forgetting is a haunting and beautiful theatre piece about the inability to recollect a life and what is left when memory is gone. The performance incorporates elements of physical theater and live music, drawing from Theatre Re’s backgrounds in mime, magic, and music. It provides a rich opportunity to open conversations for audiences regarding aging, caregiving, and neuroscience.

SUBMITTED BY: Aaron Shackelford UMass Fine Arts Center | Amherst, MA


NIGHT SONG
ARTIST: Aaron Larget-Caplan
DISCIPLINE: Music

Explore the sounds and secrets of night-music through compositions written for classical guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan’s New Lullaby Project. Aaron collaborates with composers in exploring time & movement, timbre & silence, and transition & possibility through the tradition of lullabies. All-ages and late-night versions are available (milk & cookies, pajamas are optional). www.NewLullaby.com. Presenter: Salem State University, Feb. 2018. Past presenters: ICA Boston, NNHAA.

SUBMITTED BY: Aaron Larget-Caplan | ALC Music  | Boston, MA


NIGHT TREE
ARTIST: Night Tree
DISCIPLINE: Music

New Acoustic band Night Tree is a unique sextet, for the unusual instrumentation of two fiddles, cello, accordion, saxophones, percussion, viola, and mandolin, and for their embrace of traditions from Irish, Classical, Swedish, Jazz, Klezmer, and Afro-Cuban music. Their debut album was produced by Séamus Egan who says "They play with such spark and musicality. Thoughtful compositions, precise, inventive arrangements. An absolute joy." Brian O’Donovan hails their “chops and adventurous approach”.

SUBMITTED BY: Isabel Fine Wellesley College Concert Series | Wellesley, MA


THE ODYSSEY: HUMANS, GODS AND BEASTS
ARTIST: Sonia Plumb Dance Company
DISCIPLINE: Dance

The Odyssey: Humans, Gods and Beasts combines modern dance with underwater video, original music, and masks to tell the story of the Greek war hero Odysseus. In 55 minutes, seven dancers play over 35 characters including Poseidon, Helios' Cattle, Stick, Sirens, Circe and Dung Pile. Love, loyalty and courage are tested as Odysseus uses his wit and brains to thwart both gods and beasts to return safely home. Timely and relevant, this 3,000 year old story reminds us all what it is to be human.

SUBMITTED BY: Sonia Plumb Sonia Plumb Dance Company Hartford, CT


THE ORCHARD
ARTIST: Aretha Aoki and Ryan MacDonald
DISCIPLINE: Dance

How does a history of war reside in the body? The Orchard, a collaboration with digital and sound artist Ryan MacDonald, is an inquiry into and activation of my family’s war history in the hopes of creating a better future. Parallel to a physical practice of "letting the ghosts come", has been the gathering of information—research into my Ojisan’s (grandfather's) military past. An interdisciplinary work, The Orchard integrates images not as a backdrop but as additional performers in the space. 

SUBMITTED BY: Aretha Aoki | Topsham, ME


PART
ARTIST: Ali Kenner Brodsky & Co.
DISCIPLINE: Dance

Choreographer Ali Kenner Brodsky and musician MorganEve Swain present PARt, a multifaceted performance piece of dance, live music and art. PARt reflects on memories in and amongst movements, music and visual landscapes. The interplay between dancers is used to tell the stories of individuals and community, inviting the audience to peer into this created world and glimpse others’ experiences. PARt is an evening-length work for five dancers and three musicians. 

SUBMITTED BY: Ali Kenner Brodsky |  Ali Kenner Brodsky & Co. | Dartmouth, MA


PLACES PLEASE!
ARTIST: Keigwin & Co.
DISCIPLINE: Dance

Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott take a sledgehammer to the real and symbolic structures of the stage in their cabaret Places Please! Set backstage in the final moments before curtain, the zany romp features a dance fanatic’s dream music score from Broadway classics to ‘80s pop hits. Keigwin is excited to work with presenters to incorporate local artists and/or themes. Residencies include traditional fare as well as Keigwin’s workshop for non-dancers, Let’s Make a Dance.

SUBMITTED BY: Aimee Petrin | Portland Ovations | Portland, ME


POWER STRUGGLE
ARTIST: Robbie Leppzer
DISCIPLINE: Film

After seven years in the making, Robbie Leppzer’s POWER STRUGGLE is a new feature-length documentary film that chronicles the heated political battle to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. A timely, inspiring story of democracy in action; about whether citizens’ voices will be heard against big moneyed interests, and what people are doing locally to make a difference for a sustainable energy future. A retrospective of Robbie’s films chronicling 40 years of grassroots activism is also available.

SUBMITTED BY: Robbie Leppzer Turning Tide Productions Wendell, MA


PRIVY
ARTIST: Scapegoat Garden
DISCIPLINE: Dance

Privy is a solo work conceived and performed by Deborah Goffe (Founder/Director, Scapegoat Garden) in collaboration with Kelly Silliman (Co-Direction and Dramaturgy) and Maritza Ubides (Technical Direction). It is a multimedia experience that unfolds in a salon format with an intimate group of guests who share food, conversation and personal story. Privy invites collective attention to the ways we might hold space for others’ vulnerabilities in this and other contexts.

SUBMITTED BY: Deborah Goffe Scapegoat Garden | Hartford, CT and Holyoke, MA


PSYCHIC RADIO STAR
ARTIST: Ezra Dickinson
DISCIPLINE: Dance, Multidisciplinary

I create gifts of performance for my schizophrenic mother. As I have grown up, my mother wants to hear about my life as an artist, and upon hearing, her reply has become, “I’m famous too, I’m a Psychic Radio Star”. In this performance I imagine who my Psychic Radio Star mother is. As I continue to explore my mother’s story – I also tell my own.

SUBMITTED BY: Ezra Dickinson | Ezra Dickinson| Seattle, WA

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RADICALS IN MINIATURE
ARTIST: Ain Gordon + Josh Quillen
DISCIPLINE: Theater

Radicals in Miniature is a deeply personal work conjuring seminal but forgotten figures he met while coming of age in the city’s audacious artistic and gay fringe culture of the 1970s & 80s. Together, Ain Gordon & Josh Quillen poetically explore the influence of these undersung characters, who endured the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, and propelled "alternative" culture forward, including: punk drummer David Hahn, dance reveler Elaine Shipman, club performer John Sex, disco artist Sylvester, & more.

SUBMITTED BY: Chad Herzog International Festival of Arts & Ideas | New Haven, CT
RED GUITAR 
ARTIST: John Sheldon
DISCIPLINE: Music, Theater

John Sheldon takes us from Folk to Rock, to a vision of the future in which the past is vibrantly alive. He played with Van Morrison at 17, wrote for James Taylor, and was called, "One of the great guitarists of our time" by NPR. He uses storytelling, unearthly sounds, and wicked, layered guitar licks, to transport us in time & space. John believes in the power of sound, holding the conviction that music is a life & soul saving enterprise worthy of his lifelong commitment to it.

SUBMITTED BY: Robin Doty Serious Play Theatre Ensemble Northampton, MA

REFUGEE VOICES: AMPLIFYING THE STORIES OF REFUGEES THROUGH MUSIC
ARTIST: Jennifer Sgroe, Soprano & Producer
DISCIPLINE: Music

Refugee Voices is a concert project of newly commissioned vocal, choral and orchestral music which tell the stories of refugees through song.
Our Mission: 
· To amplify the stories of refugees through music and song, so that these human stories may be heard.
· To raise awareness for the expanding humanitarian refugee crises worldwide.
· To inspire others to action.
· To raise funding & support for refugee resettlement services.
Seeking production support and partnership.

SUBMITTED BY: Jennifer Sgroe Jennifer Sgroe, Refugee Voices | Salem, MA


REQUIEM FOR AN ELECTRIC CHAIR
ARTIST: Toto Kisaku
DISCIPLINE: Theater, Spoken Word/Storytelling

The scene is an illegal detention cell with seven detainees represented by a human and six mannequins. It represents the drama lived for seven days by seven inmates in a pitch-black room. They are subjected to torture orchestrated by an autocratic power imposing the laws of a predatory system the 21st century knows so well. The cell is both real and a metaphor of the mind. The powers-that-be are represented by live-action, projected cartoon drawings that interact with the prisoner/performer.

SUBMITTED BY: Hanifa Nayo Washington The Hands of Hanifa | New Haven, CT
SABLE ISLAND
ARTIST: Mocean Dance
DISCIPLINE: Dance

Mocean Dance is Atlantic Canada's leading contemporary dance company. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia celebrating 15 years of artistic excellence Mocean tours vibrant, athletic, technically & emotionally rich work. Mocean has a range of performance repertoire to choose from and offers tailor made community outreach residency opportunities to build meaningful relationships with the cities we visit; opportunities range from workshops to specialized performance projects with community members.

SUBMITTED BY: Sara Coffin | Mocean Dance| Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
SAFE_SPACE
ARTIST: Alexander Davis Dance
DISCIPLINE: Dance, Multidisciplinary, Fiber Arts

Choreographer and fiber artist Alexander Davis presents safe_space, a series of hand knit, larger-than life, fiber sculptures that function as performative movement environments for human bodies. This community driven, installation work sources stories and materials (recycled t-shirts) from within the presenting community. Sculptures act as both a living archive and an active exploration of the duality of homogenized cultural spaces that simultaneously support and restrict us.

SUBMITTED BY: Alexander Davis Alexander Davis Dance Boston, MA
SAMHARA 
ARTIST: Nrityagram & Chitrasena Dance ensembles
DISCIPLINE: Dance

One of the premiere Indian classical dance ensembles performing today, Nrityagram has beenon the The New York Times’ “Best Dance of the Year” list for 2015 and 2016. The all-female ensemble’ brings to the stage compelling performances that are at once sensual and lyrical. In 2018-19, the company returns to the US with special guest artists from Sri Lanka’s Chitrasena Dance Company for a tour of their critically-acclaimed collaborative work, Saṃhāra.

SUBMITTED BY: Ranjanaa Devi UMass Amherst Asian Arts & Culture program Amherst, MA
THE SECOND EYE
ARTIST: FUKUDANCE
DISCIPLINE: Dance, Spoken Word/Storytelling, Multidisciplinary

It invites the public to experience contemporary dancer Junichi Fukuda's response to the current exhibit on display in a gallery.  Junichi will perform a brief, improvisational piece, surrounded by visual art.  The audience is then invited to respond to the dance through spoken or written comment, questions, criticism, or advice.  Junichi will then consider the comments and dance again, allowing the public to witness process and see how perception and context influence a dancer's expression.

SUBMITTED BY: Junichi Fukuda FUKUDANCE | Winchester, MA
SHEBANG 
ARTIST: Patchtax
DISCIPLINE: Music
 

Boston's beloved saxophone and viola duo, Patchtax, integrates newly commissioned works with projected video, electronics, and dance. This program explores themes of the internal and external; love and loss; and features composers who are all either women and/or people of color. The duo, comprised of saxophonist Mary Joy Patchett, and violist Eve Boltax, was founded in 2013. The show runs for 70 minutes and the duo hopes to present Shebang around New England in 2018.

SUBMITTED BY: Eve Boltax Patchtax | Jamaica Plain, MA
SHELTER
ARTIST: Neoteric Dance Collaborative
DISCIPLINE: Dance

Born out of a three year commitment to One Billion Rising, a global action to end violence against women, SHELTER looks at the history of women seeking refuge, and the emergence of shelters in the 1970s. This contemporary dance work incorporates documentary accounts that speak of the triumphs & challenges these vital services face. SHELTER can be presented in workshop, residency, site-specific or concert performance settings with optional inclusion of community dancers alongside the company.

SUBMITTED BY: Catherine Stewart Neoteric Dance Collaborative | Portsmouth, NH
SHIFT
ARTIST: Anna Myer and Dancers/beheard.world/Performing Arts
DISCIPLINE: Dance

Shift explores complexity of diverging cultures that have been an essential part of America’s history as well as today. By intertwining various styles of movement, the piece will create a kinesthetic language influenced by rhythms of hip-hop, laced with the poignant movements of modern dance. The blending of cultures can be difficult. Shift is a window into how they flow and integrate. The piece will feature Bach, played by violist, Drew Ricciardi, and master DJ, ReaL PoLitiKz.

SUBMITTED BY: Anna Myer | Anna Myer and Dancers/beheard.world | Cambridge, MA
A SIMPLE SPACE 
ARTIST: Gravity & Other Myths
DISCIPLINE: Circus, Acrobats

Acrobats unlike anything you have ever seen. Instead of fine-tuning a performance with makeup, lighting and contrived theatrical overlay, Australia's Gravity & Other Myths have deliberately gone the opposite way. The audience is brought in close to surround the stripped back stage. In that space the acrobats are pushed to the physical limit, breaking down their usual guards and introducing the reality of failure and weakness.

SUBMITTED BY: Matt Cahoon Pinkerton Academy Derry, NH
SOUND SCULPTURE
ARTIST: Masary Studios
DISCIPLINE: Music, Multidisciplinary, Interactive Art

SOUND SCULPTURE reminds us what fun it is to play with blocks - especially when those blocks are sources of gently changing colored light. What's more, each block represents a musical moment or value. Arranging the blocks in space changes the triggered sound and light patterns (rhythm, pitch, color, texture, etc) produced by the sculpture - in this way participants are creating physical and sonic structures collectively and simultaneously.

SUBMITTED BY: Maria Finkelmeier| Masary Studios | Boston, MA
SPIRIT OF THE MACHINE
ARTIST: Le Cirque Esprit (music of cordis, cirque from Boston Circus Guild)
DISCIPLINE: Multidisciplinary

Le Cirque Esprit features an original score performed live by cordis, framed under the Boston Circus Guild's spectacular tapestry of lights, acrobatics, and aerial work. LCE's new show, Spirit of the Machine, is based on a book written by acclaimed children's author, Bil Lepp, specifically for this production. The show's accompanying educational programs serve to make the show accessible and engaging for children and families, as well as the general public.

SUBMITTED BY: Richard Grimes Landspeed Artist Management Needham, MA
SQUIRREL STOLE MY UNDERPANTS & LOLLIPOPS FOR BREAKFAST 
ARTIST: The Gottabees
DISCIPLINE: Theater, Puppetry

Puppets! Original music! A Tiny Bit of Acrobatics! Adventure and Invention! The Gottabees make fun, poignant physical theater for families. They are currently touring their award-winning shows Squirrel Stole My Underpants and Lollipops for Breakfast. Both shows feature a strong, quirky heroine who learns first-hand about the pains and joys of growing up, what it means to be a good friend, and how to fight for what she believes in.

SUBMITTED BY: Bonnie Duncan The Gottabees Boston, MA
THE (STILL PERFECTLY FINE) ADVENTURES OF UNICORN HAIR + DRAGON HEARTSTRING
ARTIST: Betsy Miller
DISCIPLINE: Dance, Multidisciplinary

The (still perfectly fine) Adventures of Unicorn Hair + Dragon Heartstring conquers and cultivates ideals of openness and vulnerability, establishing standards of how we all should strive to exist in this world: together, with a touch of whimsy. Wildly playful, Betsy Miller and Matthew Cumbie explore the “what if’s” which often live only in the studio, creating an experience rooted in fantasy and openness for audiences of all ages.

SUBMITTED BY: Betsy Miller Betsy Miller Dance ProjectsSalem, MA
THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENTIA HART
ARTIST: National Theater of Scotland
DISCIPLINE: Theater

Portland Ovations is seeking touring partners for the return of National Theater of Scotland’s inventive The Strange Undoing of Prudentia Hart. An audience-interactive (willing or not!) play inspired by Scottish border ballads, Pru takes place in a working pub and offers the opportunity to reach new, younger audiences. NTS has extensive outreach offerings. Looking at Spring/Summer 2019.

SUBMITTED BY: Aimee Petrin | Portland Ovations | Portland, ME
TBD
ARTIST: Jon Boogz
DISCIPLINE: Dance

Ovations is working with critically acclaimed and commercially successful choreographer Jon Boogz to devise with local youth a new work – rooted in dance and spoken word – that reveals stories from our community. Boogz is deeply committed to issues of social justice, including missing/exploited children and incarcerated youth. The residency results in a 15-minute piece, part of a full program offered specifically to student audiences. He typically works with five to seven dancers. Other rep available.

SUBMITTED BY: Aimee Petrin | Portland Ovations | Portland, ME
THE TELLING PROJECT
ARTIST: The Telling Project
DISCIPLINE: Theater

Since 2008 The Telling Project has produced more than 50 original performances in 22 states in which veterans and military family members stage their stories of military life for their communities, bridging the civilian/military gap. Veterans and veterans’ family members step forward as performers, a coalition of community partners is assembled, and after interview, performance training, and rehearsal, the ‘performers’ tell their stories of service to their communities. Residency is 2-6 months.

SUBMITTED BY: Shannon Mayers Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College Keene, NH
TENSE VAGINA: AN ACTUAL DIAGNOSIS
ARTIST: Sara Juli
DISCIPLINE: Dance

Tense Vagina is about motherhood - its beauty, challenges, isolation, comedy, and influence on the human experience. This evening-length solo uses humor, movement, sounds, songs, text, and audience participation to reveal “all that is awesome and all that sucks” when it comes to being a mother. It focuses on the seldom-discussed and taboo aspects of motherhood, such as loss of bladder control, libido, tears, monotony, and dildos with set by Pamela Moulton and costumes by Carol Farrell.

SUBMITTED BY: Sara Juli | Falmouth, ME
TO THE SEA: A RECITAL OF AMERICAN ART SONG 
ARTIST: Jennifer Sgroe, Soprano & Beverly Soll, Piano
DISCIPLINE: Music

TO THE SEA is a narrated recital program of song exploring Americans, particularly New Englanders, and their relationship to the sea. The program, inspired by the sea, includes beautiful, highly expressive, poetry and song spanning the 20th- into the 21st century. A dozen composers and as many poets are represented, most of whom either have ties to or hail from the New England region including works by Ned Rorem, John Duke, Ernst Bacon, Arthur Foote, George Chadwick, Scott Wheeler and others.

SUBMITTED BY: Jennifer SgroeJennifer Sgroe, Soprano | Salem, MA
TRICKSTER TALES: NATIVE AMERICAN ANIMAL LEGENDS 
ARTIST: Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children's Theater
DISCIPLINE: Music, Theater, Spoken Word/Storytelling, Multidisciplinary

Three tales portray the bravery and ingenuity of Native American trickster animals–Raven, Skunk and Coyote. Raven Let Out the Daylight (Northwest Coast) Skunk Discovers Her Power (Fox) and Coyote Brought Fire to the People (Plains). Audience participation is an essential part. The children sing songs, join in the movement, and take on acting roles. Through same day pre-performance workshops, students become part of the show. Premiered at the Institute for American Indian Studies in CT.

SUBMITTED BY: Leslie Elias | Grumbling Gryphons | West Cornwall, CT
TURN! TURN! TURN! AND EARTHBEAT!
ARTIST: The Vanaver Caravan
DISCIPLINE: Multidisciplinary

Turn! Turn! Turn! celebrates Pete Seeger's life and legacy through music & dance. The program was inspired by Bill & Livia Vanaver's 40-year relationship with Seeger. The full-length, multimedia production would be presented in the evening for a general audiences. Earthbeat!, potentially touring in tandem with Turn!, takes audiences on an inspiring cultural journey around the world through music and dance. It would be offered as part of a student matinee series.

SUBMITTED BY: Tom Ayres | Chandler Center for the Arts | Randolph, VT
VICTOR & PENNY PRESENT...A MUSICAL TIME CAPSULE: THE RENAISSANCE OF ANTIQUE POP
ARTIST: Victor & Penny
DISCIPLINE: Music

Jeff Freling & Erin McGrane delve into the roots of Kansas City Jazz from Euday Bowman’s 1913 composition, 12th Street Rag to Charlie Parker’s classic 1946 Yardbird Suite. During the great depression, boss Tom Pendergast blatantly rejected Prohibition and KC became known as the Paris of the Plains, a hot bed of creativity. Walter Page’s four-beat bass lines began to drive the rhythm, Charlie Parker turned melody on its side, and Big Joe Turner made 'the first' Rock n Roll recording in 1938!

SUBMITTED BY: Liz DiSessa Heart Roots Music West Tisbury, MA
VOICE AND VESSEL
ARTIST: Voice and Vessel
DISCIPLINE: Dance, Multidisciplinary

Sound, movement and performance artists Hanna Satterlee (VT), Delaney McDonough (ME), and Caitlin Scholl (ME) have joined together in a two-state collaboration to discover their relationship to action / reaction, silence and sound. The interdisciplinary moving tableau titled Voice and Vessel uncovers how we visually/sonically/physically voice and express in different ways, and how we each uniquely carry information in the vessels of our minds and the vessels of our bodies.

SUBMITTED BY: Hanna Satterlee Burlington, Vermont
WAR STORIES: A VETERANS PROJECT
ARTIST: Ensemble of 16 Veterans - 13 male and 3 female
DISCIPLINE: Theater

Using Courageous storytelling as an entry point, this important, timely, collaborative project gives voices to the voiceless. 16 Homeless Veterans from ARBI/Homes for the Brave share their stories in a full-length performance work. The cast of Veterans gives voice to what they experienced during their time of service and, perhaps more significantly, what they have dealt with since they left and their integration back into society. It’s THEIR Lives, THEIR Stories, and THEIR Voices.

SUBMITTED BY: Peter Van Heerden | Quick Center for the Arts | Fairfield, CT
WE THE PEOPLE TOURING SPECTACLES
ARTIST: Double Edge Theatre
DISCIPLINE: Dance, Music, Theater, Puppetry, Multidisciplinary

We The People Touring Spectacles are adapted versions of Double Edge's recent and successful summer spectacle performance. WTP intersects art, culture, and democracy and has its roots in DE's 35-year question of what makes up identity. What are the paradoxes, the stories, the dreams that make up a human being, a community, a society? In each touring location, Double Edge collaborates and engages with the people to reflect and celebrate the mythology and historical figures of the locale.

SUBMITTED BY: Adam Bright & Jenn Kiely | Double Edge Theatre & City Mosaic of Springfield | Ashfield, MA
WE RUN THE SHIP
ARTIST: Barn Arts Collective
DISCIPLINE: Theater

We Run the Ship is the make-your-own adventure musical for audiences of all ages by the Barn Arts Collective. Featuring original music, up-cycled puppets, and big decisions, each show travels throughout the performance space as the audience makes individual and group choices that bring the story to life. Barn Arts is a Maine-based organization dedicated to creating new works of theatre that are interactive, engaging to intergenerational audiences, and adaptable to various performance spaces.

SUBMITTED BY: Brittany Parker | Barn Arts Collective | Bass Harbor, Maine
WE'RE MUSLIM, DON'T PANIC
ARTIST: We're Muslim, Don't Panic
DISCIPLINE: Dance, Spoken Word/Storytelling

Amirah Sackett is a dancer, choreographer, curator, and teacher based out of Chicago, IL. Intermedia Arts nominated Amirah Sackett as one of their "Changemakers" in the Twin Cities community. We're Muslim, Don't Panic was created in 2011 to educate the public and create dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims to promote unity in the community.

SUBMITTED BY: Steven Raider-Ginsburg Autorino Center - University of Saint Joseph | West Hartford, CT
WILLA CATHER OF JAFFREY, NH
ARTIST: Alchemists' Workshop
DISCIPLINE: Theater

This is a new musical by composer Will Ogmundson and librettist Tom Dunn about the town in rural New Hampshire where famed author Willa Cather came to work every fall for 17 years (and where she and her long-time secretary are both buried).

SUBMITTED BY: Tom Dunn Alchemists' Workshop | Henniker, NH