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Performing Communities
Table of Contents

About Performing Communities


PERFORMING COMMUNITIES The Grassroots Ensemble Theater Research Project
a project of the community arts network
Performing Communities

Project Summary



Case Studies

Theater profiles, interviews, photo galleries, play excerpts, documentary resource inventories, field notes by site visitors

Carpetbag Theatre Company, Knoxville, Tennessee

Cornerstone Theater Company, Los Angeles, California

The Dell'Arte Company, Blue Lake, California

Jump-Start Performance Co., San Antonio, Texas

Los Angeles Poverty Department, Los Angeles, California

Teatro Pregones, South Bronx, New York

Roadside Theater, Whitesburg, Kentucky

WagonBurner Theater Troop, Native America


Critical writing based in the case studies of "Performing Communities"

Cheerleader for the Revolution
Thoughts on Carpetbag Theater Company
By Ann Kilkelly (November 2002)

Love and Respect at Work in the Creative Process
Thoughts on Cornerstone Theater Company
By Robert H. Leonard (November 2002)

Damn Good Theater – What It Is and How To Get It In Blue Lake, California
Thoughts on the Dell’Arte Company
By Robert H. Leonard (November 2002)

Magic Glue
The Politics and Personality of Jump-Start
By Ann Kilkelly (November 2002)

Theater as an Act of Citizenship
Thoughts on the Los Angeles Poverty Department
By Robert H. Leonard (November 2002)

The Twin Rigors of Art and Community, or Not the People Who Said Green
Thoughts on Teatro Pregones
By Robert H. Leonard (November 2002)

Little Epiphanies
Thoughts on Roadside Theater
By Ann Kilkelly (November 2002)

Laughing at the Edge
Thoughts on WagonBurner Theater Troop
By Ann Kilkelly (November 2002)

The Ecology of Theater-in-community: A Field Theory
The relationship between organisms and their environment
By Jan Cohen-Cruz (November 2002)

Building the Creative Class from the Grassroots
How community is built by the eight theaters in "Performing Communities"
By Linda Frye Burnham (November 2002)


Biographies of Key Project Personnel

Disclaimer, Copyright and Citation Information

Photo credit: César Rodríguez of Teatro Pregones in “Fables of the Caribbean.” Photo by Ricky Flores

Support for the Grassroots Ensemble Theater Project was provided by Art in the Public Interest, Virginia Tech ASPIRES program, the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for the Community Arts Network has been provided by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the Virginia Tech ASPIRES Program, the Virginia Tech Office of Outreach, the Virginia Tech College of Arts and Sciences and Art in the Public Interest.


Performing Communities
Grassroots Ensemble Theaters Deeply Rooted in Eight U.S. Communities

By Robert H. Leonard
and Ann Kilkelly
Edited by
Linda Frye Burnham
with an introduction by
Jan Cohen-Cruz
Published by
New Village Press
Paperback: $15.00



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