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03.23.16

CulturalDC 2016 Spring/Summer Intern Program

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CulturalDC Interns                             job announcement

CulturalDC is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1998 (as the CulturalDC), that makes space for art through its programs and services. CulturalDC’s mission is to encourage artistic innovation connecting artists, arts organizations, developers and government agencies to facilitate economic and cultural vibrancy in the District of Columbia and neighboring urban communities. We are a catalyst to and a resource for emerging arts organizations, providing them with a wide range of programs and services that support emerging artists’ ability to live and work in the city. Our work brings audiences access to affordable, innovative visual and performing art. We also provide services to developers in their creative space-making initiatives. Flashpoint, our downtown arts incubator, offers affordable space for arts presentations and mentors up-and-coming artists and organizations through residency, gallery and theatre lab programs. Source, located in the 14th Street arts corridor, is a multi-user performing arts venue equipped with administrative, rehearsal and performance spaces for resident companies and other performing arts groups in the DC area.

CulturalDC Internships offer the opportunity to work for and gain experience with an established arts service organization in the DC area. The position requires 16-20 hours/week, including some Saturdays and evenings for special events. Interns will have the opportunity to work with CulturalDC’s Staff, Board of Directors & Artists.  Each position will receive a unique opportunity to learn about the wide variety of programs and services that CulturalDC offers to area artists and arts organizations.

2016 Spring/Summer Internships are Available in the Following Departments: 

Marketing & Communications

  • Update CulturalDC website, email lists, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms
  • Assist Communications Manager in the implementation of CulturalDC’s Communications Strategy and Plan
  • Assist with the development and updating media lists and other administrative databases
  • Assist with visitor tracking, and stakeholder correspondence 

Operations

  • Participate in consulting projects related to facility and technical management
  • Assistance with set up for meetings and events
    Provide general administrative and operations support, as needed. Ex: paying bills, due dates for check requests, reimbursements and credit card reconciliations
  • Supporting routine and reactive maintenance tasks

Executive Assistant

  • Provide administrative support for Executive Director including calendar management and weekly strategic planning
  • Work on special projects as needed
  • Prepare documents for donor and prospect meetings
  • Support recurring administrative tasks
  • Support some special events including Gallery and Theatre Lab Openings  

Requirements:

  • College senior, graduate student or recent graduate preferred
  • Knowledge and interest in contemporary art; theatre; and arts administration
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative on projects
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Individual must be comfortable working in a cooperative environment that represents a broad range of artistic, cultural and social points of view
  • Availability for flexible work schedule, including evening events and Saturdays

Commitment:

Hours are flexible; however the intern must commit to 16-20 hours per week for a minimum of 8 weeks.  Start date and duration are flexible

Compensation:

Class Credit and Transportation Stipend Available

How to apply:

Deadline for applications: April 15, 2016
To apply, submit a resume with cover letter to:
hr@culturaldc.org
CulturalDC
ATTN: Intern Search-[Include position preference]
916 G Street NW, Washington, DC  20001

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03.18.16

Soomin Ham: SOUND OF BUTTERFLY at CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery April 2-30, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2016
Contact: John Richards
john@culturaldc.org
202.315.1322

Soomin Ham
SOUND OF BUTTERFLY
April 2 – 30, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, April 1 (6-8pm)

WASHINGTON, DC – Cultural DC is pleased to present Sound of Butterfly, a solo exhibition by Soomin Ham on view from April 2-30, 2016 at Flashpoint Gallery, with an opening reception on Friday, April 1 (6-8pm). A reflection on her mother’s journey through life, depression, and death, this body of work presents Ham’s experimental approach to understanding memories and grasping loss.

The exhibition features the series Back to Heaven, created with old photos of Ham’s mother from family albums, and Frozen Moment, photographs reflecting the place and time of her mother’s presence as well as belongings left behind.

Before documenting these treasured objects, the artist embarks on a process of washing and freezing them, along with other interventions that guide her in interpreting the traces of her mother’s life before suicide. The resulting photographs preserve moments and objects that would have perished – or, like memory, would have faded.

Sound of Butterfly extends into video screenings that incorporate old family movies, still photographs and audio recordings. Footage of Korean ancestral memorial rites is woven in, while another work offers narrative elements that establish a sense of completeness. Ham writes, “The videos reflect an ephemeral value of the moment when life and death are observed as a single process. In capturing my mother’s presence in the work, I was able to embrace my grief.” 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Soomin Ham is a photographer and multimedia artist based in Washington, D.C.  Ham received a Bachelor of Music in orchestral instrument from Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, Korea and her Master of Art in photography and multimedia from New York University/International Center of Photography in New York. Her works including multimedia installations, photography, and mixed media have been exhibited in many venues, primarily in Washington DC, New York and Seoul, Korea. Ham was selected for the Art and Community Visual Arts Residency at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Art in Wilmington, DE and a grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has received awards from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities including an Individual Artists Fellowship Grant and Small Projects Grant. 

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.

SOOMIN HAM: SOUND OF BUTTERFLY

Opening Reception:
Friday, April 1, 2016 (free and open to the public)

Exhibition Dates:
April 2-30, 2016

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

Luce Foundation Center artist talk:
Sunday, April 17, 1:30 PM
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

Artist website:
www.soominham.com
http://www.multipleexposuresgallery.com/work/#/soomin-ham/

Image above:
On the Journey (2014)
from the Frozen Moment series
pigment print, 12 x 12”

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

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

 

One Word More (PR)
03.08.16

Annalisa Dias: ONE WORD MORE presented through CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab Program April 8 – April 30, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2016
Contact: John Richards
john@culturaldc.org
202.315.1322

April 7- April 30, 2016
Opening Night/Press Night April 8, 8PM 

Washington, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present One Word More from April 7-30 at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. This innovative physical adaptation of The Tempest interrogates the historical silencing of women’s voices and the dynamics of isolation, communication, and power.

The piece examines the world from the perspective of Sycorax – a powerful female character in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, who the audience only ever hears about through the voices of men. One Word More gives Sycorax back both her voice and her body and asks what happened on the island before its overthrow by Prospero. The piece will feature dynamic physical theatre, original sculpture installations, a cutting-edge combination of recorded and live sound design, and intentional investigation of the contemporary legacy of colonial oppression.

The creative team features DC-based playwright and performing artist, Annalisa Dias (as writer, performer, producer); director and dramaturg, Bridget Grace Sheaff (devising director); playwright and actor, Amanda Zeitler (stage manager, collaborator); performance artist and experimental composer, DeLesslin George-Warren (sound designer); visual artist, Brian Fernandes-Halloran (set and installation design); dramaturg, Otis Ramsey-Zoe (devising dramaturg); and dramaturg and performer, Tori Boutin (front of house coordinator).

The project includes a radical partnership with N Street Village that asks us to bear witness to silenced voices in our own community. Throughout the devising and rehearsal process, Annalisa Dias is offering a series of physical theatre classes to women in the N Street Village community, with the goal of empowering women to feel ownership over their voices and bodies. The team will invite women from the N Street Village Community to attend performances, and to help host dialogues about the silencing and erasure of women’s voices in DC.

This project is presented through the Mead Theatre Lab Program, a project of CulturalDC, and was originally conceived by Annalisa Dias & Alex Mills as part of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Happy Hour at the Harman Series. 

CREATIVE TEAM

Writer & Performer: Annalisa Dias
Devising Director: Bridget Grace Sheaff
Stage Manager & Collaborator: Amanda Zeitler
Set & Installation Designer: Brian Fernandes-Halloran
Devising Dramaturg: Otis Ramsey-Zoe
Sound Designer: DeLesslin George-Warren
Front of House Coordinator: Tori Boutin

ONE WORD MORE

Dates: April 8 – April 30 / Thurs-Sat 8 PM, Sat 2 PM, Sun 3 PM
Pay What You Can preview: April 7
General admission: $20 | Student and Military ID: $15 | TICKETS
Location: Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint – 916 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Luce Foundation Center artist talk:
Saturday, March 19, 1:30pm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

More information online at http://www.onewordmore.com

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, Menkiti Group, Prince Charitable Trusts, Stephen Stein and 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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02.19.16

SPRING 2016 AT FLASHPOINT

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Helen Hayes Award Web
02.02.16

Nominations for the 2016 Helen Hayes Awards

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The 2016 Helen Hayes nominations have been announced, and CulturalDC is thrilled that the work of our affiliated artists is being recognized. #WeMakeSpaceForArt:

Mead Theatre Lab Resident – Helen Hayes Nominee:

 Pointless Theatre Co. – Doctor Caligari

Mead Theatre Lab Renters – Helen Hayes Nominee:

 Forum Theatre – One in the Chamber

Source Theatre Resident – Helen Hayes Nominee:

 Constellation Theatre Company – Avenue Q (14 Nominations)

 Constellation Theatre Company – The Lieutenant of Inishmore

 Constellation Theatre Company – The Fire and The Rain

CulturalDC’s Community Impact:

  • *Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea, a play developed and produced at Source Festival 2014 received 5 nominations for a subsequent production at Theatre Alliance
  • Very Still & Hard To See, a play written by Source Festival alum Steve Yockey, and produced by CulturalDC’s Jenny McConnell Frederick at Rorschach Theatre also received 5 nominations

*Source Festival Productions are not Helen Hayes eligible due to the limited number of performances in the Festival format.

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 21, 2016
Contact: John Richards
john@culturaldc.org
202.315.1322

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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:

Best of 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2016
Contact: John Richards
john@culturaldc.org
202.315.1322
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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.

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