Arts In Reach thrives with collaboration – News – – Google Alerts

PORTSMOUTH — Since Nov. 15, Arts in Reach teens have been creating an original adaption of “The Madwoman of Chaillot” at New Hampshire Theater Project’s West End Studio Theater.

AIR teens have integrated theatre, dance and design for this collaborative production as a part of AIR’s Performance Project and with mentoring by professional teaching artists.

AIR’s Performance Project emphasizes the importance of collaboration among the participants, teaching artists, and AIR staff, as well as many organizations and donors that support AIR.

During Performance Project, synergy grows as teens work with three professional teaching artists from different local art organizations. Sam Paolini, founder of Wrong Brain in Dover, leads participants in creating design elements for the production, such as sets and costumes. Paolini focuses on adapting the group’s artistic vision to the stage, believing that, “collaboration challenges artists to place themselves within the context of a community, encourages empathy and compassion, and teaches clear communication, compromise and teamwork.”

Paolini leads alongside Catherine Stewart, artistic director at the New Hampshire Theatre Project, and Sarah Duclos, founding artistic director at Neoteric Dance Collective.

“We’re working hard, but we’re also making sure the space is vibrant. And that’s everyone’s responsibility — not just the staff’s,” Stewart said.

Another AIR partnership provides that space. NHTP acts as host for the program and final production, while also offering teens a chance to see three of their productions during dress rehearsals. Stewart’s role at both AIR and NHTP allows AIR teens to create a space for themselves and their production within a professional working theater. Participants meet at the theater twice a week from November through January for Performance Project, learn how other theatre productions are produced, and feel at home in one of the seacoast’s…

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