About this Call for Participants

Application Deadline: Friday, February 2, 2018, 11:59pm.  

The Center for the Humanities and Labor of Care Archive at the Graduate Center, CUNY in collaboration with the Working Theater and PSC-CUNY, is pleased to announce a free 12-week playwriting and performance workshop, TheaterWorks! on Caregiving at CUNY.   

Eligibility: The workshop is open to CUNY students, faculty, and staff who are PSC-CUNY or DC37 members involved with the care of an elderly, ill, or disabled family member and who are looking to write about the care relationship, the labor involved, and/or its impact on their life and work.  

About TheaterWorks!: TheaterWorks! workshops teach performance and writing skills to working people. Participants write and perform their own short plays based on their work and caregiving experiences, and perform them before an invited audience. The workshop will begin with theater exercises aimed at uncovering the dramatic potential of everyday stories. As the workshop progresses we will experience the power of performance to change our lives. In a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere, TheaterWorks! participants will write their own short plays. The workshop will end with a performance of participants’ work in which you will perform your work alongside professional actors and with the guidance of professional directors. All levels of writers are welcome. 

The workshop will be led by award-winning writer/performer Joe White and will be held on Wednesday nights starting February 28th at the Graduate Center, CUNY.     

This workshop is organized by Kathlene McDonald as part of “The Labor of Care Archive: Caregiver Narratives from CUNY and its Communities” from the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research.

DETAILS

Workshop Time & Dates: Wednesdays 6:00PM—8:00PM, February 28th to May 9th (no class April 4th)

Rehearsals: Wednesday-Thursday, May 16th-May17th, and Monday May 21st, 6:00-800PM

Final performance: Tuesday, May 22nd, 7:00PM, Elebash Recital Hall, The Graduate Center, CUNY

*Please note that we strongly encourage attendance at all sessions of this free workshop. Applicants who can attend all sessions will be prioritized.

Location:
The Graduate Center, CUNY (room TBD)

Workshop cap: 14 participants 

Who is Eligible: CUNY students, faculty and staff who are PSC-CUNY or DC37 members involved with the care of an elderly, ill, or disabled family member and who are looking to write about the care relationship, the labor involved, and/or its impact on their life and work  

To Apply: Click here and please fill out this google application form by Friday, February 2nd. Applicants will be notified the second week of February. 

About the Center for the Humanities: The Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY encourages collaborative and creative work in the humanities at CUNY and across the city through seminars, publications, and public events. Free and open to the public, our programs aim to inspire sustained, engaged conversation and to forge an open and diverse intellectual community.

About Working Theater: Founded in 1985, the Working Theater's mission is to produce plays for about and with working people (the majority of Americans working in the industrial, transportation and service industries.) In a nation that is frequently divided by cultural and class distinctions and where economic disparity continues to widen, Working Theater is committed to making theater that can bridge those divisions, expanding the reach of theater’s impact to all people, uniting us in our common humanity.  

About The Labor of Care Archive: Caregiver Narratives from CUNY and its Communities: This project works closely with labor and arts-based community partners to create, showcase, and archive personal narratives by and about family caregivers who tend the elderly, ill, and disabled while working and/or going to school at CUNY, as well as oral history narratives from home health workers in the New York City area, many of who are CUNY students themselves and who often work in partnership with family caregivers.

About PSC-CUNY: The Professional Staff Congress is the union that represents more than 27,000 faculty and staff at the City University of New York (CUNY) and the CUNY Research Foundation. It is dedicated to advancing the professional lives of its members, enhancing their terms and conditions of employment, and maintaining the strength of the nation's largest, oldest and most visible urban public university.

For further questions, please contact ch@gc.cuny.edu  

Co-sponsored by the Working Theater, PSC-CUNY, and The Labor of Care Archive from the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research.

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