Intergenerational Community Arts Council names Najee Omar First Artist-in-Residence

Mar 9, 2018 | see full post | categories: Arts

The Intergenerational Community Arts Council (ICAC) is a multi-generational team of neighbors and NYCHA residents from Fort Greene and Downtown Brooklyn who have joined forces to actively shape the artistic and cultural life in their community. Supported by BRIC and University Settlement's Ingersoll Cornerstone Community Center and The Performance Project, the ICAC formed in Summer 2017, and quickly moved ahead with planning its first major initiative: an Open Call for an artist who would work alongside the group on a public art initiative in the neighborhood. continue

Five Questions with Eric F. Avery

May 13, 2016 | see full post | categories: Arts

Our final Artist-in-Residence of the 2015-2016 season is Eric F. Avery. His interactive site-specific work, The (Fabled) Life and (Imaginary) Death of Eric F. Avery is set to be staged May 19–21 at University Settlement's Atlantic Terminal Community Center in Brooklyn. continue

Five Questions with Chris Tyler

Apr 22, 2016 | see full post | categories: Arts

Artist-in-Residence Chris Tyler is about to open his latest work R*NT (Or: What You Own: Another Dirge for a City Remembered) just in time for the 20th anniversary of Rent, Jonathan Larson's Tony and Pulitzer-winning opus.   continue

Five Questions with Liza Birkenmeier & Katie Brook

Mar 21, 2016 | see full post | categories: Arts

Artists-in-Residence Director Katie Brook and Playwright Liza Birkenmeier are about to premiere their latest collaboration. TRAGEDY IN SPADES: A Crime Documentary is a theatrical reenactment of a fictional 1994 documentary about a horrific murder in a tiny Missouri town. TRAGEDY IN SPADES: A Crime Documentary is running at The Performance Project April 1-2, and 7-9. Tickets are on sale nowcontinue

Five Questions with Normandy Sherwood

Feb 22, 2016 | see full post | categories: Arts

Normandy Sherwood is one of The Performance Project's 2015-2016 Artists-in-Residence. She is performing her new play Gentleman's Choice, which is about a pair of prickly, impossible nerds who inhabit a large house in a Jane Eyre-ish country of moors, secrets and dog races. Gentleman's Choice is set to open in historic Speyer Hall February 25-27.

We sat down with Normandy in order to gain some insight into her artistic process during her residency with US. continue

Five Questions with Artist-in-Residence Sydnie L. Mosley

Nov 5, 2015 | see full post | categories: Arts

Artist-in-Residence, Sydnie L. Mosley premieres her latest work Body Business on November 12th , 13th and 14th at The Performance Project. We sat down with her in order to gain deeper insight into her process, inspirations and company model. continue

Community Life is a Dance Worth Doing: Baby Loves Disco is for US

Oct 15, 2015 | see full post | categories: Arts

When I blurted "I get it! This isn't just something for the kids, Baby Loves Disco is for US!" - DJ Mikey Palms and MC Mister Marc laughed, high fived each other and instantaneously transported me to our middle school days in Brooklyn. Even though I was considerably taller than both of them back then, they were never short on the charm needed to egg me on and pump me up for fun times. continue

The Creation of an Unlikely Ensemble

Jul 21, 2015 | see full post | categories: Arts

Roots and Branches Theater is the resident intergenerational theater company with The Performance Project. Throughout the year, they create original new works of theater with actors ages 18-80 and tour these productions to community and senior centers all over the city. continue

Displaying Art, Improving Lives

Jun 18, 2015 | see full post | categories: Arts

In a time when funding for the arts is a struggle, Gallery System Art Displays has launched an award to improve the art display capabilities of programs which provide exceptional support for the arts in their communities. One of the recipients of the 2013 Gallery System ArtsUp Award was The Creative Center at University Settlement, a New York City organization focused on the use of the arts in healthcare, especially for patients with cancer and other chronic illnesses. It provides artist-in-residence programming for hospitals and other care facilities, holds exhibitions of work made by patients and survivors of illness, and operates a large national training program to educate members of the healthcare community on creating effective art programs. continue

Welcoming Lisa Clair Back to US

Nov 18, 2014 | see full post | categories: Arts , Spotlights

The search is over – we're excited to welcome Lisa Clair as the new Associate Curator and Coordinator for The Performance Project. Lisa is a New York-based performer, playwright, curator and teaching artist. She has collaborated and performed with various companies, including The Theater de la Jeune Lune and Ten Thousand Things Theater in Minneapolis, as well as Banana Bag and Bodice, Nelly Tinder, Dan Fishback, and Immediate Medium in NYC. continue

Spend the weekend with US and the New Museum's IDEAS CITY

Apr 29, 2013 | see full post | categories: Arts , Events

For the second time, University Settlement is excited to collaborate with the New Museum's Biennial IDEAS CITY. For the first festival in 2011, Settlement programs at the Houston Street Center set up creative projects for festival goers, and Performance Project artists delighted audiences with captivating performances. Check out our expanded participation in this year's festival, which explores the Untapped Capital in our City. Why not spend the weekend with US? continue

Inspiration from a TED Prize Winner

Sep 11, 2012 | see full post | categories: Arts , Education

Creativity always plays a huge part in our youth programs at University Settlement. Our students get to work with teaching artists throughout the year, using their passion and creativity to address a wide array of social and emotional matters they often deal with throughout the day at school or home. Our staff can get in on the action too, through Play Tank – University Settlement's after-school staff performance ensemble and professional development group.

Panoply Performance Laboratory Show!

Apr 13, 2012 | see full post | categories: Arts

 PPL's new opera NATURE FETISH is for seven-year-olds and scientists. We can't claim that it is "educational theater" nor can we claim that it is solely "experimental music-theater" or "visual arts performance" NATURE FETISH is an opera, a combination of artistic mediums, a hybrid creature made of music, text, actions, movements, objects, space, situations, and humans. continue

Guest Post: The Magic of Play in a Digital World

Mar 13, 2012 | see full post | categories: Arts

Celebrated author Maggie Jackson joined educator Richard Lewis and The Performance Project for the latest in a series of three conversations titled "Advocates of the Immeasurable." The series, hosted by Lewis, is part of The Performance Project's FREE Monday Night Salon Series. The next and final conversation will take place on April 30 at 7:30PM in Speyer Hall at University Settlement. continue

Understanding Our Nature: AIR Blog

Nov 1, 2011 | see full post | categories: Arts

The Panoply Performance Laboratory held the first of five events covering "step one" of the NATURE FETISH project, which we are honored to be developing through residency support with The Performance Project @ University Settlement.  A huge thank you to everyone who attended this first event!


Shedding Light on Creativity

Oct 17, 2011 | see full post | categories: Arts

Last Friday one of our new Artists-In-Residence, the Trusty Side Kick Theater Company, held their first play development workshop with three year olds from our Head Start Program. Trusty Side Kick is developing Shadow Play, an interactive show for 2-5 year olds that will premiere at University Settlement on March 3, 2012. Each workshop Trusty Side Kick leads with our early childhood programs gives the company members rich opportunities to ask themselves and their target audience, "What is it? What are we doing?" continue

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