NEW SEASON. NEW ERA. WIDE OPEN.
We’re delighted to open the next chapter of our 30-year story with you. 2023 was a watershed for us, packed with world-premiere performances, youth programs, festivals, and collaborations. Now we’re stretching ourselves — and our long-time home — to uplift our community as never before. In our new Makers Series, we’re inviting visionary artists to create with our community in new ways, while expanding space for our much-loved annual programs and neighborhood events. In the coming months, you’ll see the future rising as we break ground on a new facility with room for more of everything our community deserves. 2024 promises to transform our practice, our impact, and our community as a whole. Thank you so much for being part of it.
ABOUT THE LINEUP:
THE MAKER’S SERIES:
A bold expression of our founding impulse, the Makers Series invites boundary-pushing artists to develop challenging original work at the intersection of arts and social justice, opening space for stories that de-colonize, democratize, and liberate.
LESLIE PARKER, IMPROVISATION, MOVEMENT, AND MEMORY | FEBRUARY
The training of dancer, director, and performer Leslie Parker began as a youth rhythm and drill team dancer growing up in St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood. Today Parker’s award-winning, socially engaged arts practice delves into physical movement forms of the Black and African Diaspora to explore collective memory and uses improvisation as a tool to imaginatively engage with the world.
NUBIA MONKS & LESTER MAYERS, THEATRE-BASED STORYTELLING FOR ALL | MARCH
Actor, playwright, and educator Nubia Monks tells stories that explore the Black experience through the lens of ritual. Writer and performance artist Lester Mayers is a Gay-Black-Feminine storyteller who engages aspects of life that the public has historically ignored. Together, these artists will lead a festival of workshops that welcome community members to tenderly push forward awareness, regardless of their theater experience.
PRAMILA VASUDEVAN, TRANSDISCIPLINARY MOVEMENT | APRIL
Artist Pramila Vasudevan is the founder of Aniccha Arts, a collaborative committed to examining agency, voice, and group dynamics within community institutions and systems. Her movement-centered work is deeply intertwined with physical sites—from built environments like parking ramps to the banks of the Mississippi River. She orients from the body with layers of sound, drawings, and sculptural elements that illuminate a multiplicity of perspectives.
OANH VU & ANDREW YOUNG, PUPPETRY FOR COMMUNITY CONNECTION | MAY
Puppeteer, educator, and organizer Oanh Vu uses the playfulness of puppetry to tell stories that center her Vietnamese-American community. Andrew Young is a Taiwanese-Indonesian-American puppeteer, artist, and educator whose performances explore the natural world and illuminate our inner worlds. Their collaboration will explore connection—to the self, to the world, and to others—tapping into the magical power of art to heal and inspire.
EBONY NOELLE GOLDEN, CEREMONY AS TRANSFORMATION | JUNE
Ebony Noelle Golden is a theatrical ceremonialist, entrepreneur, and public scholar. She founded Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, a culture consultancy that devises social justice solutions, and Jupiter Performance Studio, a space for Black diasporic traditions. Rooted in ritual performance and leadership development through a Black feminist lens, her work invokes messy, magical, and medicinal processes to imagine a better world. As part of the series, Ebony will bring Quickening: Ceremonies From In The Name Of The Mother Tree to the U of M’s Theatrical Jazz Aesthetic Conference in June.
THEATRICAL JAZZ AESTHETIC CONFERENCE:
This inaugural conference hosted by the University of Minnesota and co-designed by PH+T runs June 13-15, 2024, and features workshops, panels, and performances creating connections across the field.
AriDy NOX, WORLD PREMIERE: A WALLESS CHURCH: THE BLACK WOMEN’S GUIDE TO CREATING GOD
Opening September 20, 2024, this play/ritual/lecture by writer and composer AriDy Nox recklessly interweaves narrator and protagonist, teacher and student, priestess and witness, and god and God. Follow the journeys of three godlings seeking to create a God worthy of Creation.
CHICAGO AVENUE PROJECT, MAY & DECEMBER
CAP pairs local youth with the Twin Cities’ best adult playwrights,
actors, and directors to create and produce original plays,
culminating in not-to-be-missed public performances.
NAKED STAGES, NOVEMBER
This fellowship provides three early-career Minnesota performance artists with the time, resources, and mentorship they need to develop a sustainable career. Be there for performances where they share their distinctive voices and visions.
MEMOIR CLASSES, FALL AND SPRING</h3
For five years running, these inspiring classes have invited older adults to capture their life stories through movement, creative writing, graphic storytelling, and visual art. Led by Masanari Kawahara.
MCKNIGHT COMMUNITY-ENGAGED ARTIST FELLOWSHIPS, FEBRUARY – JUNE
For established community-engaged artists of outstanding merit, this juried fellowship provides significant financial support to push their work forward. Applications open in February 2024 with fellows announced in June.
INSIDE OUT 3, JULY
Chicago Avenue’s best block party returns for a third year. Gather outdoors with area creatives, businesses, live performers, and neighbors for a block-long celebration overflowing with music, food, and family-friendly activities.