Dominican artist collective to lead TOOLS FOR AN ARTIST IN PROCESS masterclass series at NYTW
New York Theater Workshop today announced Tools for An Artist in Process, a masterclass series created by Dominican Artists Collective (DAC), one of NYTW’s resident companies and produced in partnership with Oye Group (Modesto Flako Jimenez, Founder/Artistic Director; Kevin Torres, General Manager).
Tools for An Artist in Process is an action-oriented masterclass series specifically designed for multidisciplinary storytellers interested in the process of telling their own cultural story. Artists who are interested in creating their own work, not for capitalist consumption, but because their being, their spirit and their ancestry call them to it. The masterclass series is taught by prominent Dominican artists who work in today’s industry to exalt their own cultural stories.
All classes will be taught by Dominican artists who are experts in their craft, culminating in a question-and-answer segment and access to a valuable list of resources to help not only the participants, but the artistic community as a whole to take their teachings. Sessions will take place in NYTW’s 3rd Floor Rehearsal Room (83 E. 4th Street, New York, NY, between Bowery and 2nd Avenue). Please note that the building does not have elevator access and there are three flights of stairs to reach the rehearsal room.
Course descriptions and more information about the classes are below:
Lesson 1: a? Writing, storytelling and developing an idea with Josefina Baez
Sunday, June 5, 12-2 p.m. (Virtual Instructor)
In this class, participants will be guided through the process of how to feed their ideas into fully developed stories.
Course 2: Producing the artist with Cindy DeLa Cruz and Merlixse Ventura
Sunday, June 5, 3-5 p.m.
In this course, participants will be guided through the production process of any artistic endeavor with the resources available to them.
Lesson 3: a? How to tell a compelling story (acting) with Elvis Nolasco
Sunday, June 12, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
In this class, participants will be guided through the process of how to tell compelling stories through characterization.
Course 4: Filmmaking and Multimedia Storytelling with Gabriela Ortegaa ??
Sunday, June 12 3-5 p.m. (Virtual Instructor)
In this class, participants will be guided through the process of visually interpreting their own stories with daily resources.
Course 5: Storytelling through music and composition with Yasser Tejeda
Sunday, June 26, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
In this class, participants will be guided through the process of not only telling their stories with lyrics, but also elevating a story with music.
Lesson 6: a??Realize (How to implement your vision) with Eunice Levis
Sunday, June 26, 3-5 p.m.
In this class, participants will be guided through the process of building a world that complements their story.
To apply for the Tools for An Artist in Process masterclass series, complete the form here. Applicants may apply to participate in individual courses, but are encouraged to apply to all six courses to obtain the most comprehensive educational experience. Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, May 20, 2022. All applicants must show proof of full vaccination prior to participation. Please consider this requirement before applying. Contact [email protected] with any questions.
NYTW is committed to making the health and safety of its audience, performers and staff a top priority. Everyone’s experience and comfort level with the pandemic will be different and NYTW is committed to taking a whole person approach to safety-focused customer service. Changes include updates to ventilation and air filtration systems, creation of a COVID compliance team, flexible exchanges and grandfathering policies. All visitors must present proof of full vaccination before participating. Masks are mandatory at all times inside the building. For up-to-date information on NYTW’s evolving COVID policies, please visit nytw.org/covid.
The Dominican Artists Collective (DAC) is a collection of storytellers: community-focused door openers and culture expanders. DAC’s mission is to dismantle systemic oppression through their art by building a community that challenges what is and what can be. DAC honors their blackness. Their ancestors. Their stories. They aim to facilitate, educate, liberate and inspire present and future artists.
DAC’s artistic production team includes Cindy DeLa Cruz, Gineiris Garcia, Maribel Martinez, Andres Piña, Little Veras and Merlixse Ventura. Members include Angy Abreu, Carlos Andrickson, Massiel Armengot, Daniella DeJesus, Guadalis Del Carmen, Melissa Crespo, Yohanna Florentino, Xavier Galva, Samuel Gomez, Kelvin Grullon, Katherine George, Dilson Hernandez, Glenis Hunter, Yaissa Jimenez, Dolores Pereira, Michelle Ramirez, Saso and Edison Ventura Mata Diaz. For more information, visit dominicanartistscollective.org or @dominicanartistscollective.
Oye Group is a Brooklyn-based production company that serves as an incubator for local and immigrant artists in New York. They present an eclectic mix of theatre, dance, poetry, music, video and film installations, through festivals and productions. They organize work that sparks dialogue on political and social issues essential to the growth of our community. They work with emerging artists to create, perform and grow in an environment that challenges and supports them. They also offer quality arts education programs that give our Brooklyn community the tools to generate cutting-edge art. www.oyegroup.org
The New York Theater Workshop empowers visionary theater makers and introduces their work to adventurous audiences through productions, artist workshops and educational programs. We nurture pioneering new writers alongside powerful playwrights, engage inimitable genre-shaping directors, and support emerging artists in the early days of their careers. We have mounted over 150 productions by artists whose work has shaped our very idea of what theater can be, including Jonathan Larson‘s Rent; Tony Kushnerit’s the Slavs! And Homebody/Kabul; Doug Wright‘s Quills; Claudia Shear‘s Blown Sideways Through Life and Dirty Blonde; Paul RudnickThe Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Valhalla; Martha Clarkefrom Vienna: Lusthaus; Will‘s The Seven and Fetch Clay, Make Man; Caryl Churchill‘s Mad Forest, Far Away, A Number and Love and Information; Jessica White and Erik Jensenthe results ; rick eliceis Peter and the Starcatcher; Glen HansardMarketa Irglova and Enda Walshis once; david bowie and Enda Walshis Lazarus; Dael Orlandersmithis The Gimmick and Forever; and eight acclaimed productions by Ivo van Hove. NYTW productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, 25 Tony Awards and an assortment of Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards. NYTW is represented on Broadway with Hadestown by Anaïs Mitchell developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkinand the upcoming Sing Street, based on the film written and directed by John Carneywith a book of Enda Walshmusic and lyrics by Gary Clark & John Carneydirected by Rebecca Taishman. NYTW is also represented with the current national tours of Hadestown and Heidi Schreck‘s What the Constitution Means to Me, directed by Olivier Butler.
Along with its arts and community engagement activities, NYTW is committed to the essential and sustained commitment to become an anti-racism organization in support and affirmation of Black, Indigenous, and people of color in its community. In June 2020, NYTW released its Statement of Core Values and Initial Steps for Action and Accountability. In an effort to provide greater transparency, NYTW is sharing updates on progress, other commitments, and next steps to nytw.org/accountability.
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