About this Public Humanities Project

Ashley "Ash" Marinaccio is a theatre artist and PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center, and a recipient of the 2019 Public Humanities Fellowship from Humanities New York and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY for her public humanities project "Stage Left."

As part of her Public Humanities Fellowship, Ash is developing Stage Left, a new web series that examines how theatre and performance function in local communities. This web series documents the dynamic intersection of theatre and community by exploring creative processes, politics, and new innovations in storytelling.




Stage Left is a new web series that examines how theatre and performance function in local communities. Every episode of Stage Left investigates a theatre company, performance tradition or performative ritual that is actively steeped in a particular community. 




By highlighting the work of artists who are actively using theatre to engage, change and inspire their own communities, Stage Left hopes to inspire and activate our viewers. Theatre, ritual and performance traditions have existed since the beginning of recorded humanity. Theatre helps us to learn about the cultures in our community and across the world.





Stage Left introduces viewers to the performances, artists, theatre-makers, and communities that are making work in places that go largely unnoticed by the mainstream.




Visit the website www.stageleftseries.com to learn more about the project and the web series.

This Public Humanities Fellowship and Project is sponsored by Humanities New York and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, through support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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