2017-2018 (on-going program)
Irene Kapustina: Lost and Guided: Refugees Community Platform Building through Drama
Organization: Various educational, community, and public institutions and private organizations
This community workshop grew from 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 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.