Voices from the Network
// Stories of Art and Liberation
A Sense of Safety: Makoto Hirano on Assimilation, Fear, and Gun Reform
How safe are Asian Americans? How safe do they feel?
Team Sunshine Performance Corporation co-director Makoto Hirano says The Great American Gun Show began as a feeling: “How safe am I again? Who are these people who own 400 million firearms in the country, and are they trying to harm me?”
Blue Collar Artist
Puerto Rican born and Miami raised actor, writer, and director Teo Castellanos founded the Dance/Theater Company Teo Castellanos D-Projects in 2003 and never looked back. His latest project with Combat Hippies, a devised theater company of Puerto Rican veterans, delves into the impact of war on both combatants and noncombatants of color, and shares the experiences of veteran’s adjustment to life after war.
Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s Word Becomes Flesh
When Bay Area Theatre director Ellen Sebastian Chang sat down with artist, author and father Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Sarah Guerra, Program Director at La Peña Cultural Center, a lively conversation ensued about the remounting of his now-classic Word Becomes Flesh, Black fatherhood, hip-hop aesthetics, artistic and audience transformations, and the role of the National Performing Network (NPN) in artistic development.
The transformative power of “Caterpillar Soup” (Part 2)
In 2008, NPN and Sandglass Theater in Putney, Vermont, welcomed artist and performer Lyena Strelkoff for a one-week residency where she shared “Caterpillar Soup,” an autobiographical work about her journey to wholeness after a fall in 2002 paralyzed the former dancer.