People’s Light & Theatre Company
People’s Light introduced a new program, New Play Frontiers, which brings writers into communities for a series of residencies involving a process that directly engages community partners and their constituents from a scripts’ conception to production. This supports People’s Light’s focus on strengthening ties with surrounding communities and building greater engagement with theater. For more about People’s Light process, read Producing Director Zak Berkman’s blog here.
Update: New Play Frontiers has been successful with regard to play-making, community engagement and organizational change. Six new plays have been conceived through engagement with surrounding communities. In the fall of 2015, public readings of two new works took place. These included a play by Elisa Davis informed by interactions with Kennett Square residents, employees of La Communidad Hispana and the audience at the Garage Youth Center. Karen Hartman drew inspiration for her play from Dawn’s Place and Project Dawn Court. Winter 2015 will bring Dominque Morisseau’s piece, conceived through conversations with the Melton Center and members of the West Chester community. To support this community based work, People’s Light created an internal cross-department committee. They also hired their first Director of Community Investment.