July – August 2018
Irene Kapustina: Inter-generational Immigrant Project
Community: Senior Immigrants and Youth in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Organization: Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst (JCHB), The Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community Program and Youth and Family Services , Brooklyn, NY
In our inter-generational project older adults and young people will work side by side to create an original piece of theatre that explores their individual and shared history. The topic of our exploration is “family relics.” Using object and physical theatre, and improvisation, the project participants will share their memories, experiences, beliefs, and dreams with each other and the wider Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst community.
Irene Kapustina: Refugee Community Platform Building through Drama and Reflection Through the Image Professional Development Workshops
Community: New England Arab American Organization Staff in Portland, Maine
Organization: New England Arab American Organization (NEAAO)
Irene will facilitate professional development workshops with the NEAAO staff and will introduce physical and image theatre, role play, and interactive activity techniques as methods to learn, reflect and express oneself safely and effectively. NEAAO staff will learn how to apply the methods in their work with their community of immigrant and refugee women and youth.
2017-2018 (on-going program)
Irene Kapustina: Lost and Guided: Refugee Community Platform Building through Drama
Organization: Various educational, community, and public institutions and private organizations
This community workshop grew out of Lost and Guided, a play based on real life stories of refugees in the United States, and is designed to spread knowledge and awareness of the Syrian conflict and to develop an empathetic understanding of displaced populations among the American public. Through a series of interactive activities, the participants read, explore, and experience those stories together. The workshop offers an opportunity for connection, reflection, play, and activism.
2016-2018 (on-going program)
Irene Kapustina: Senior Immigrant Theatre and Community Building Workshop
Community: Senior Immigrants in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Organization: Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst (JCHB), The Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community Program, Brooklyn, NY
TAP works with Russian speaking seniors to promote expression, community building, and collaborative spirit. Sessions led in Russian and English explore the historical and social context of a classical piece of literature. Once the participants familiarize themselves with the story, they are guided towards reminiscence exercises and encouraged to re-contextualize the story in the memory of their choosing. The project will result in a theatrical presentation originated in the workshops.