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02.02.16

Nominations for the 2016 Helen Hayes Awards

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Last night the 2016 Helen Hayes nominations were announced, CulturalDC is thrilled that our work in the Mead Theatre Lab Program was recognized. We are also very proud of our residents and renters at both Flashpoint and Source who were recognized as well. We would like to also like to congratulate Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea for their Helen Hayes Awards nominations.  Dontrell premiered as a workshop production at Source Festival 2014, and went on to be produced by Theater Alliance last year.  WeMakeSpaceForArt:

Nominations for the 2016 Helen Hayes Awards

Outstanding Choreography in a Musical-HELEN Production

Rachel Leigh Dolan
Avenue Q
Constellation Theatre Company

Outstanding Choreography in a Play-HELEN Production

Casey Kaleba, Matthew R. Wilson
The Lieutenant of Inishmore
Constellation Theatre Company

Outstanding Musical Direction-HELEN Production

Jake Null
Avenue Q
Constellation Theatre Company

Michael Winch
Doctor Caligari
Pointless Theatre

Outstanding Costume Design-HELEN Production

Kara Waala
Avenue Q
Constellation Theatre Company

Outstanding Lighting Design-HELEN Production

A.J. Guban
Avenue Q
Constellation Theatre Company

Outstanding Set Design-HELEN Production

Patti Kalil
Doctor Caligari
Pointless Theatre

Outstanding Sound Design-HELEN Production

Tom Teasley
The Fire and The Rain
Constellation Theatre Company

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play-HELEN Production

Danielle Bourgeois
One in the Chamber
Forum Theatre

Outstanding Director of a Musical-HELEN Production

Allison Arkell Stockman
Avenue Q
Constellation Theatre Company

Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical-HELEN Production

Avenue Q
Constellation Theatre Company

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical-HELEN Production

Mikey Cafarelli
Avenue Q
Constellation Theatre Company

Vaughn Ryan Midder
Avenue Q
Constellation Theatre Company

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical-HELEN Production

Jenna Berk
Avenue Q
Constellation Theatre Company

Justine “Icy” Moral
Avenue Q
Constellation Theatre Company

Emily Zickler
Avenue Q
Constellation Theatre Company

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical-HELEN Production

Matt Dewberry
Avenue Q
Constellation Theatre Company

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical-HELEN Production

Katy Carkuff
Avenue Q
Constellation Theatre Company

Outstanding Musical-HELEN Production

Avenue Q
Constellation Theatre Company

You can read the full list here: 2016 Helen Hayes nominations

 

 

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01.29.16

CulturalDC Announces Partnership in the creation of an arts program at new boutique hotel at 411 New York Ave.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2016
Contact: John Richards
john@culturaldc.org
202.315.1322

CulturalDC Announces Partnership in the creation of an arts program at
new boutique hotel at 411 New York Ave.

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC has partnered with Washington, DC developers, D.B. Lee Development and Construction and Brook Rose Development in the creation of an arts program at the heart of a new boutique hotel at 411 New York Ave. NE in DC.

The hotel will maximize opportunities for artists to work, present and collaborate, and will serve as a gateway to the surrounding creative community.

CulturalDC was approached by the development team to envision an ambitious plan that would be more than just a white cube environment. The proposed hotel project includes artists’ studios, gallery and exhibition space, a sculpture garden, a community classroom, with portions of the ground floor, hallways throughout the hotel, all of the 2nd floor and most of the 11th floor being dedicated to the arts.

CulturalDC will solicit proposals from artists of all disciplines for studio spaces, exhibitions, and programming opportunities, and will engage panels of experts and advisory groups to identify appropriate models and programming for artistic inclusion that will reach a broad range of audiences.

“CulturalDC exists to advance the interests of artists and arts organizations here in Washington, DC,” said CulturalDC Interim Executive Director Tanya Hilton. “We are looking forward to working with this team to further expand DC’s creative economy, as well as its leadership role in arts and culture.”

CulturalDC has an 18-year history of creating affordable, sustainable artist spaces in the District, including live-work spaces such as Mather Studios and the upcoming H-Space project; the 27 artist studios at The Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market; and free or subsidized performance and exhibition space at Flashpoint Gallery and Mead Theatre Lab. CulturalDC’s involvement in establishing the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street and Source theatre on 14th Street has re-invigorated the arts in those neighborhoods. These endeavors reflect a mission dedicated to making space for art and artists.

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.
#WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: john@culturaldc.org
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01.21.16

CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab Program presents a workshop performance of LADY GODIVA by Cristina Bejan, Produced by Bucharest Inside the Beltway

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MEDIA ALERT
CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab Program presents a workshop performance of LADY GODIVA
by Cristina Bejan 
Produced by Bucharest Inside the Beltway 

WHAT: 
Don’t talk or they’ll hear you. The inherited trauma of communist Romania. So Cristina Bejan was silent for ten years. LADY GODIVA is her story of rape. The piece is a collection of spoken word poetry and essays she has written for herself that explore hope, cultural taboos, mental health and the power of trauma victims to overcome and triumph. Performed by Muslima Musawwir, LADY GODIVA is directed by DC’s Star Johnson.

WHERE:
SOURCE Theatre Rehearsal Hall, 1835 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
(Please note, the Rehearsal Hall is not ADA accessible)

WHEN: 
ONE NIGHT ONLY: Monday, February 8, 2016, at 7:30 PM | Duration: 45 minutes

DETAILS:
Performance followed by talk-back with Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN).
PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN (PWYC). All proceeds go to RAINN.

*The procession of the play’s mattress will begin at 7:10 PM from Busboys and Poets on 14th and V. The show’s artistic crew will carry the mattress to Source Theatre and upon their arrival, the show will begin at 7:30 PM.

ABOUT THE MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM

CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab program is an intensive mentorship program for performing artists and independent theatre companies. The program provides theatre space, technical production support and production mentoring. A panel of noted DC theatre professionals recommends projects and provides guidance to the chosen producers. The result is an eclectic group of innovative, edgy productions and an environment in which emerging performing artists can grow.

The Mead Theatre Lab Program at Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is generously sponsored by Jaylee Mead. Additional support is provided by The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, the Mary & Daniel Loughran Foundation, The Washington Post Company and The Weissberg Foundation.

CulturalDC is generously supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Daimler, The National Endowment for the Arts, Microsoft, Washington Gas, Weissberg Foundation, Altria, Anonymous, Busboys and Poets/Eatonville, Hank &Carol Goldberg, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, Prince Charitable Trusts, Stephen Stein, VOA Associates. 

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.  #WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: john@culturaldc.org
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01.21.16

Dafna Steinberg, Jennifer Towner and Jenny Walton: #THISISWHYIMSINGLE at CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery February 20 – March 19, 2016

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January 21, 2016
Contact: John Richards
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Dafna Steinberg, Jennifer Towner and Jenny Walton
#thisiswhyimsingle
February 20 – March 19, 2016
Reception: Friday, February 19 (6-8pm)

WASHINGTON, DC – Cultural DC is pleased to present #thisiswhyimsingle, an exhibition by Dafna Steinberg, Jennifer Towner, and Jenny Walton at Flashpoint Gallery from February 20 – March 19, 2016. The artists use their own experiences with social media, dating apps, and the search for a meaningful connection as the starting point of their creative projects. 

Each artist navigates a different aspect of modern dating, focusing on communication within the social spaces and expectations of relationships. In her collage series I’m Willing to Lie About How We Met, Dafna Steinberg incorporates actual conversations from dating sites in order to explore idealized desires, the consumption of romance and the reality of personal communications on social mediaJennifer Towner’s installation work Failed T-Shirt Designs for Today’s Modern Woman bares all by putting confessions on t-shirts, playing with ideas of fitting standards of socially accepted femininity. Jenny Walton creates watercolors that examine the presentation of male persona in her installation, Match/Enemy.

Together, Steinberg, Towner and Walton analyze the roles men and women play within the realm of “dating.” They explore private intimacies, navigate expectations of beauty and attraction as well as their own feminine judgments of self and world. Embedded in these artists’ works are dialogs that deal with contemporary social engagement and the understanding, acceptance or rejection of contemporary feminism. 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Dafna Steinberg is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Washington, D.C. She received her MA from Goldsmiths, University of London and her BA from Hampshire College. She also studied at the International Center of Photography. In 2013, she was an artist in residence at the Starry Night Artist Residency in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including shows at the Katzen Arts Center (DC), Lunchbox Gallery (Miami), SOHO20Gallery (NYC), Woolley Mammoth Theater (DC) and the International Center of Photography School.  She currently is an adjunct faculty member at Northern Virginia Community College.

Jennifer Towner is a multi-disciplinary visual artist. She has been a grant recipient from both The Vermont Studio Center (where she was a resident artist in 2011 and 2014) and Artist Trust (Washington State). She received her MFA from the School at the Art Institute of Chicago.  She has shown nationally including at the Gallery4Culture, Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion and most recently, in Telephone: An International Art Experiment.  In 2007 she participated in the television documentary series Artstar which chronicled Graduating MFA students as they made the transition from graduate school to the art world. She currently lives and works in Seattle, WA.

Jenny Walton holds an MFA from American University and has shown her work nationally and internationally.  Her work has been exhibited at Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, Sloan Fine Art (NYC) Transformer Gallery, (e)merge Art Fair, Washington Project for the Arts, Katzen Art Center (DC),  Pierre Menard Gallery (Cambridge),  Aqua Art Fair (Miami), and Pyramide Studio ( Rome, Italy). She has been awarded several grants and residencies including Vermont Studio Center, Chautauqua Institution, and Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center. She was selected as a semi-finalist for the Trawick Prize in 2012. She has been published in several catalogs and articles. Her work is held in several private collections. Walton currently lives and works in Washington, D.C.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

CulturalDC operates Flashpoint and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery, we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.

CulturalDC is generously supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, The National Endowment for the Arts, Microsoft, Washington Gas, Weissberg Foundation,  Altria, Anonymous, Busboys and Poets/Eatonville, Hank & Carol Goldberg, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, Prince Charitable Trusts, Stephen Stein and VOA Associates.

#thisiswhyimsingle
Dafna Steinberg, Jennifer Towner, and Jenny Walton

Opening Reception:
Friday, February 19, 2016 (free and open to the public)

Exhibition Dates:
February 20th – March 20, 2016

Flashpoint Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment 

Luce Foundation Center artist talk:
Saturday, February 20, 1:30pm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

*Please note that this exhibit contains some content of mature nature.

Dafna Steinberg: www.dafnasteinberg.com
Jennifer Towner: http://www.jenniferltowner.com
Jenny Walton: www.jennywaltonart.net

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.  #WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: john@culturaldc.org
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Best of 2015
01.12.16

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015

CulturalDC offers Washingtonians hundreds of nights of cutting edge theatre each year.  We are thrilled that DCMetroTheaterArts “Best of 2015” lists recognized our work on Source Festival and the Mead Theatre Lab Program.  We are also very proud of our residents and renters at both Flashpoint and Source who were recognized as well.  Here’s to more good stuff coming in 2016 #WeMakeSpaceForArt:

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015: Best Musicals in Professional Theatres

Avenue Q / Constellation Theatre Company / Source

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015: Best Plays in Professional Theaters

A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular / Pointless Theatre Company / Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

Bhavi the Avenger / Convergence Theatre / Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

Doctor Caligari / Pointless Theatre Company / Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

One in the Chamber / Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

Tyger / banished? Productions (Mead Theatre Lab Program participants) / Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

The Word and the Wasteland / Source Festival 2015 / Source

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015: Best Performances in a Play in Professional Theatres

Best Actress In A Play:

Ariana Almajan as ‘Amelia’ in Smartphones–a pocket-size farce / Ambassador Theater / Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

Tamieka Chavis as “Lizzy’ in The Word and the Wasteland / Source Festival 2015 / Source

Mary Catherine Curran as ‘MC’ (Mrs. Claus) in A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular / Pointless Theatre Company / Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

Best Actor In A Play:

Noah Chiet as ‘Adam’ in One in the Chamber / Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015: Best Directors of a Play in Professional Theatres

Joe Banno for Smartphones–a pocket-size farce / Ambassador Theater / Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

Frank Cevarich for A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular / Pointless Theatre Company / Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

Michael R. Piazza for One in the Chamber / Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

Matt Reckeweg for Doctor Caligari / Pointless Theatre Company / Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

Elena Velasco for Bhavi the Avenger / Convergence Theatre (Mead Theatre Lab Program participant) / Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint

Carmen Wong for Tyger / banished? Productions (Mead Theater Lab Program participant) / Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

 

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01.12.16

THE WASHINGTON ROGUES RETURN WITH JENNIFER LANE’S PROVOCATIVE AND TIMELY ‘AGENTS OF AZEROTH’

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January 12, 2016
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SURVEILLANCE IS JUST ANOTHER GAME 

THE WASHINGTON ROGUES RETURN WITH JENNIFER LANE’S PROVOCATIVE AND TIMELY
AGENTS OF AZEROTH
 

January 20-February 14, 2016
Opening Night/Press Night January 22 @ 8PM 

Washington, DC—The Washington Rogues are pleased to return to CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab Program with the premier of Agents of Azeroth written by Jennifer Lane and directed by Ryan Taylor.  As part of his massive leaks of classified material, Edward Snowden revealed that NSA and CIA agents were spending large amounts of time and resources investigating the World of Warcraft. Playwright Jennifer Lane and the Washington Rogues ask, “What’s up with that?!?”

In 2013, two NSA Agents (played by Megan Behm and J. Shawn Durham) toil away in obscurity, searching diligently for terrorist threats among millions of trolls, elves and orcs. It’s a pretty sweet gig, until the brass start expecting results. Meanwhile, brilliant teenage gamer and hacker Lucy (Dillon Greenberg) takes it upon herself to watch the watchmen, hatching a scheme to reveal the extent of the government’s infiltration of her beloved Azeroth. But is someone manipulating idealistic young Lucy, too?  It’s Spy vs. Spy and Human vs Orc in this innovative and timely new play from the writer of Harlowe.

Agents of Azeroth examines topics like the encroaching surveillance state, cyberbullying, and the mercurial nature of identity in the electronic age. It is also super, super geeky. “We’re excited to delve into such important topics with such a great, new play from the amazingly talented Jennifer Lane. We’re tackling extremely relevant issues straight from the headlines, but with that special Rogues touch,” Taylor says. “You can always expect a twist with us.”

About the playwright:
Jennifer Lane is a California-based writer and teaching artist. Her plays include Harlowe, September & Her Sisters, The Seer & The Witch, and The Burning Brand. Her work has been produced at or developed by The Gulfshore Playhouse, 3LD Art & Technology Center, the The Actors Theater of Charlotte, The Culture Projects, The New Ohio Theater, The Inkwell Theater, among others. The Washington Rogues previously produced a reading of her The Would Be Room at Bloombars. She is a co-founding member of the Scripps Ranch Theatre’s New Works Studio, and an alum of the terraNOVA Collective’s Groundbreakers Playwrights Group. Jenny is a teaching artist with UD San Diego Extension, San Diego Writers, Ink, and the Playwrights Project. BA: Sarah Lawrence College. MFA: Columbia University. For more information, please visit http://jennifer-lane.ne

About the Director:
Ryan S. Taylor
is Artistic Director of The Washington Rogues. For the Rogues he has previously directed In The Forest, She Grew Fangs, Eight, Mitzi’s Abortion, The Teacher’s Lounge and Busted Jesus Comix. Other credits include Arena Stage, Source Festival, Capital Fringe, The DC Queer Theater Festival, and Rorschach Theater, among others. Ryan is a 2015-2016 DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fellow. He received his Bachelor’s at Guilford College.

AGENTS OF AZEROTH
by Jennifer Lane
Directed by Ryan S. Taylor

Cast: Megan Behm* (Abracadaver), Grant Cloyd* (Shamwow), Emily Crockett (Barbara), J. Shawn Durham (Albondigas), Dillon Greenberg (Scout)

Set and Projection Design: Patrick Lord
Lighting Design: Martha Mountain
Costume Design: Jesse Shipley
Sound Design: Kevin O’Connell
Dates: January 20th – February 14th / Weds-Sat 8PM, Sun 3PM
Pay What You Can previews: January 20, 21
General admission: $20.00. Student and Military ID: $15.00 | TICKETS
* – Washington Rogues company member

Location: Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint – 916 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

About the Washington Rogues:
Agents of Azeroth continues the Washington Rogues streak of daring and visceral new plays to local audiences, with a commitment to developing works by Washington, DC playwrights. We value immediacy, interactivity and political relevance. Most recently they produced Alexandra Petri’s The Campsite Rule, and Stephen Spotswood’s In the Forest, She Grew Fangs. Past productions include Capital Fringe Festival hits Mitzi’s Abortion, Eight, Busted Jesus Comix and The Teacher’s Lounge. Currently in development: the rock musical Young Romantics, by Alexandra Petri and Sam Linden. More information about the company and Agents of Azeroth can be found online at http://www.washingtonrogues.org and on Twitter at @washingtonrogue.

About the Mead Theatre Lab Program
The Mead Theatre Lab Program at Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is generously sponsored by Jaylee Mead. Additional support is provided by The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, the Mary & Daniel Loughran Foundation, The Washington Post Company and The Weissberg Foundation.

CulturalDC is generously supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, The National Endowment for the Arts, AT&T, Microsoft, Washington Gas, Weissberg Foundation, Altria, Anonymous, Busboys and Poets/Eatonville, Hank & Carol Goldberg, Lockheed Martin, Prince Charitable Trusts, Stephen Stein, VOA Associates.

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.  #WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: john@culturaldc.org
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2016 Open Call Collage
01.08.16

ON-LINE SIGN-UP BEGINS TODAY FOR 2016 SOURCE FESTIVAL OPEN CALL AUDITIONS

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ON-LINE SIGN-UP BEGINS TODAY FOR 2016 SOURCE FESTIVAL OPEN CALL AUDITIONS AT SOURCE

CulturalDC’s Source Festival is holding open call Non-Equity auditions to cast eighteen 10-Minute Plays and three Full-Length Plays. Auditions will run from 9AM-5PM January 25-26 at Source.

These are all new plays, selected from a nationwide pool of over 500 submissions. The 10-Minute and Full-Length Plays will be run in rep throughout the Festival from June 8 – July 3.

All roles are paid and Non-Equity.  Read more about the 2016 Source Festival’s Full-Length Plays at sourcefestival.org.

Please prepare one contemporary monologue no longer than 90 seconds. Please bring one hard copy of both your headshot and resume to the audition. Please do not mail headshots/resumes. You must sign-up online in advance to schedule an audition slot. No walk-ins, please.

Please complete the online audition sign-up form to apply
. Audition slots will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. The deadline for applying is Thursday, January 21st  at 11:59PM.

Auditors
Jenny McConnell Frederick, Artistic Director, Source Festival and Mead Theater Lab and Co-Artistic Director, Rorschach Theatre

Lee Cromwell, Associate Producer, Source Festival and Freelance Director;

Callbacks
Full-length play callbacks will be held February 1st and 2nd. Actors being called back will begin being notified by January 29; please keep these days open and flexible, if possible.10-Minute Play callbacks will be held March 7.  Actors called back for 10-Minute Plays will be notified in late February.

Questions? Please e-mail sourcefestival@culturaldc.org. No phone calls please.

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Leigh Merrill: THIS PLACE at CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery January 16 – February 13, 2016

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LEIGH MERRILL: THIS PLACE
January 16 – February 13, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, January 15 (6-8pm) 

WASHINGTON, DC – Flashpoint Gallery is pleased to present Leigh Merrill: This Place, an exhibition of composite images that examines the construction of desire, fiction, and beauty in our urban landscape.

Merrill’s process involves making thousands of individual photographs, videos, and audio recordings while exploring a city or neighborhood, then digitally assembling these sources to create photographs and videos of imaginary spaces. Certain composite images have some veracity, but more often, they suggest visual hyperbole – an embellished scene circulating around a small detail.

The subjects in Merrill’s photographs are often ubiquitous objects and architecture, contributing to spaces that feel familiar but not recognizable. They tap into some of the conscious and subconscious visual cues, barriers and borders we create in our environment. This Place includes photographs of the urban landscape juxtaposed against still life photographs, which act as both conceptual and formal mirrors for one another, and reveal yearnings of desire and fabrication.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

LEIGH MERRILL received her BFA from the University of New Mexico and her MFA from Mills College (Oakland, CA). Merrill’s work has been a part of exhibitions throughout the United States in venues such as the Phoenix Art Museum, the diRosa Art Preserve, The Lawndale Art Center, the Tremaine Gallery, Fotofest International, and the Museum of Texas Tech University. Merrill’s work has been included in online and print publications such as the Design Observer/Places Journal, Dwell.com, BLDGBLOG blog, PaperCity Magazine, and the Houston Chronicle. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Texas Tech University, the City of Phoenix, the California Institute of Integral Studies, as well as various private collections. Merrill currently lives and works in Dallas, Texas, where she is an Assistant Professor of Art at Texas A&M University-Commerce.  

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

CulturalDC operates Flashpoint and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery, we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.

CulturalDC is generously supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, The National Endowment for the Arts, Microsoft, Washington Gas, Weissberg Foundation,  Altria, Anonymous, Busboys and Poets/Eatonville, Hank & Carol Goldberg, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, Prince Charitable Trusts, Stephen Stein, VOA Associates.

Leigh Merrill: This Place 

Opening Reception:
Friday, January 15, 6-8pm (free and open to the public) 

Exhibition Dates:
January 16, 2015 – February 13, 2016 

Flashpoint Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment

Image:
White, detail from Pink,White,Blue (2015)
3-panel piece, archival pigment print
23 x 85 inches

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.  #WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: john@culturaldc.org

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12.01.15

#GivingTuesday – Help Us Make Space For Art

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BE A PART OF #GIVINGTUESDAY BY DONATING TO CULTURALDC

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For 17 years, your support has let us “Make Space for Art.”  Whether it’s through our cutting-edge visual and performing art programs or through our partnerships with developers that create live and work spaces for artists;                                     

CulturalDC shapes our creative community.

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help the organization named “Non-Profit Organization of the Year” by the DC Chamber of Commerce. Your support will help us reach our goal of $40,000 to support our visual and performing arts programming, professional development opportunities, and creative placemaking initiatives.

CulturalDC supports more than 1,000 artists and arts organizations each year and makes affordable performance venues accessible to the 30,000 audience members who visit Flashpoint and Source each year.

In 2016, with your support, we will continue to:

  • Present innovative visual art in the Flashpoint Gallery and in spaces throughout the area
  • Create and present new theater in the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint and at Source including the 9th annual Source Festival
  • Expand the creative economy through partnerships that place artists and arts organizations with groundbreaking development projects like StorefrontsDC, Art Hotel, SW Waterfront Station, Hamiltonian, and Monroe Street Market, just to name a few.
  • Educate and mentor artists to grow into successful contributors to Washington area communities, enhancing the overall economy

Our work has a lasting impact on the creative landscape of Washington, DC thanks to your support!

Sincerely,

Ava LaTanya Hilton
Interim Executive Director

 

 

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11.19.15

CulturalDC’s Source Festival Announces Full-Length Play Line-Up and Open Call for 10-Minute Scripts

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CulturalDC’s Source Festival Announces Full-Length Play Line-Up
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Open Call for 10-Minute Scripts

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce the Source Festival 2016 Full-Length Play Line-up and Open-Call for 10-Minute Play Submissions.  The Festival, a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for Washington, DC’s theatre artists, runs from June 8-July 3, 2016.

The 2016 Source Festival will include BALLAST by Georgette Kelly (2015 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Finalist), BURIED CITIES by Jennifer Fawcett  (2015 NNPN Smith Prize for Political Theatre winner) and STATIC by Tom Horan (NNPN Playwright-in-Residence). In addition, the Festival will produce 18 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates connected to these works.

Playwrights are invited to submit 10-Minute scripts specifically related to the major themes in the selected full-length plays. The 2016 themes are:

  • Dreams & Discord: seeking plays that address the juxtaposition between the lives we lead and the lives we wish for. We urge the exploration of the potential tension/energy between commitment and desire.  We want scripts that explore how these forces interact between dynamic characters (couples of all permutations, families, strangers in a specific environment, etc). (Inspired by BALLAST.)
  • Heroes & Home: seeking plays that address our modern sense of belonging while contending with an aspect of bravery. Courage can take many different forms, and we are looking for scripts that reveal this contemporary perspective within a domestic environment.  Updated twists on myths & legends might serve as one potential starting point, but we encourage you to branch out into other ideas. (Inspired by BURIED CITIES.)
  • Secrets & Sound: seeking plays that explore a hidden truth or discovery. Your play must include a specific sound landscape or idea (such as cassette tapes, voicemail messages, vinyl, Suri, 8-track, etc), and be an active component of the play (as opposed to characters that happen to be musicians and play a drum on stage). (Inspired by STATIC.)

The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2015 at 5PM EST. The eighteen 10-Minute plays chosen for production will be announced in March 2016.  For submission instructions and eligibility guidelines, please visit http://www.sourcefestival.org/opportunities.html 

A full list of the three full-length plays, including playwright bios, is available here.

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