Press Release: April 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2021

Company One Media Contact: Tyler Prendergast  
tprendergast@companyone.org

Guest Artist and C1 Team Headshots here

Company One Theatre announces

FIELD WORK:

Online Convenings for Civic-Minded Theatre Artists

a C1 PlayLab Open Circuit Program
produced in partnership with the Boston Public Library

Fall Convening: April 24 – May 1, 2021
Registration is Pay-What-You-Want! ($0 minimum)
companyone.org/fieldwork

Boston, MA ​— Company One Theatre (C1) announces the return of Field Work, a season-long program supporting new play makers who are seeking tools to navigate this Pandemic Year .With a mix of live and pre-recorded sessions, featuring guest artists and leaders from around the country, we’re exploring what kind of community we want to forge, during and after this period of social distancing. Thanks to partnership with the Boston Public Library, registration for Field Work is Pay-What-You-Want, starting at $0.

“As artists, how do we manage the political, cultural, and personal trauma of this moment?” said Ilana M. Brownstein, C1 Director of New Work. “Can creative practice support communal healing? We recognize the need for a hopeful artistic space where people can also grow the skills that will help us all bridge the deep chasms in our social landscape, especially as the theatre industry begins to reopen.”

Registration is now open for Field Work’s spring convening, which will run April 24 – May 1, 2021. The spring session will explore what a Better Future could look like, with sessions on creative and professional development. Programming includes live workshops, nuts-and-bolts skill building, and pre-recorded video content paired with spaces for connection and conversation. 

Guests include nationally renowned artists May Adrales, Lauren Gunderson, Kim Heil, Diana Oh, Daniel Alexander Jones, Todd London, and Viviana Vargas alongside local innovators and community leaders Michael Colford, Tonasia Jones, John J King, M. Sloth Levine, Micah Rosegrant, Megan Sandberg-Zakian, Audrey Seraphin, Dawn Meredith Simmons, and Ngoc-Tran Vu. 

The convening will be led by C1 dramaturgs Jessie Baxter, Ilana M. Brownstein, Jessica Scout Malone, National New Play Network Producer in Residence Jasmine Brooks, Associate Producer Alison Qu, and Mellon Foundation Resident Playwright Kirsten Greenidge. Additional workshops will feature other members of the C1 team speaking directly to their areas of expertise, including Artistic Director and Co-Founder Shawn LaCount, Associate Artistic Director and Co-Founder Summer L. Williams, Education Director and Co-Founder Mark VanDerzee, Co-Founder and Development Consultant Sarah Shampnois, Managing Director Karthik Subramanian, Education Program Manager Nicole Olusanya, Artistic Associate & Casting Director Josh Glenn-Kayden, Artistic Associate & National New Play Network Producer in Residence Jasmine Brooks, Marketing & Communications Manager Tyler Prendergast, and Communications & Connectivity Associate, the nationally acclaimed, Boston Music Award-winning rapper Oompa

Field Work is a C1 PlayLab Open Circuit Program. Like all of C1’s work, the playwright development programming aligns with their organizational mission to build community at the intersection of art and social change. The broad roster of guest artists from across the country participating in Field Work is a testament to the organization’s reputation for inclusive playmaking.

“When I speak in discussions and on panels around the country about how to move the theater field forward in centering artists and their needs, in equity, justice, and inclusion work, and in being true visionaries and leaders…the incredible, long-term work of Company One is always pouring out of my mouth,” said Jeremy Cohen, Artistic Director of The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. “This is a collective of artist leaders who sees the bigger, brighter, more inclusive future for stages around the country…and, at the same time, does deep-rooted work right there in Boston and surrounding communities.” 

“I really appreciated the enormous range and variety of workshops and presentation,” wrote one participant in C1’s fall Field Work convening. Another added: “I found each experience to be really inspiring and resourceful, from both an artistic and activist perspective.”

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Company One’s Bootcamp/PlayLab sessions as a guest artist twice, and I’ve loved my experience each time,” said award-winning playwright and dramaturg Jacqueline E. Lawton. “The programming is rich, diverse, rigorous, and inspiring. I wish that this type of programming had been available when I was an early career artist. Not only would I have appreciated the training and professional development, but these sessions also foster the beginnings of lifelong mentorships with professional theatre artists. And the participants are above and beyond some of the most talented students I have had the pleasure to meet. They make me feel hopeful for the future of the American Theatre!”

>> About Company One Theatre (C1)

For twenty years, Company One Theatre has situated itself as a home for social and artistic liberation by working to unite the city’s diverse communities through socially provocative performance and by facilitating the emergence of civically engaged artists.

By establishing a dedicated space for marginalized and alternative narratives to thrive, Company One has become a leader in the ongoing conversations that continue to define the era of social change in contemporary America. Consistently recognized for groundbreaking artistic excellence and for championing >>What’s Next in American theatre, Company One has been instrumental in attracting audiences that reflect the ever-evolving face and rich diversity of our society.

MISSION
Company One Theatre builds community at the intersection of art and social change.

VISION
A Boston defined by justice, equity, and artistic innovation.

MANIFESTO
Welcome to our community, where every audience member, artist, student, and supporter has the opportunity to fight for social justice. At C1…

  • We strive to create intentional, authentic theatrical experiences that uniquely integrate content, style, space, and community.
  • We amplify new stories and adventurous theatrical forms to define what’s next in the American theatre.
  • We focus on growing our students’ authority, voice, and point of view, while developing artists into the next generation of change-makers.
  • Our work is responsive to what’s happening in our city, nation, and world.
  • We work towards justice by challenging inequity and oppressive systems.
  • Innovation, forward thinking, and collaboration lead the way.
  • We center our work on reciprocal relationships with community partners.
  • Representation is an act of social justice.
  • Our growth is motivated by questioning the status quo, internally and externally.
  • We strive for artistic excellence as defined by our collective community.

“To attend one of their performances is often to feel yourself immersed in exuberance, with waves of energy pouring from the stage, usually reciprocated by an avidly enthusiastic audience that is far younger and more diverse than the Boston theater norm.” The Boston Globe

>> About Boston Public Library

Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit bpl.org.

>> C1 Contact
Tyler Prendergast
Marketing & Communications Manager
Company One Theatre
617-398-7089 • tprendergast@companyone.org

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