Saturday, September 14th was the first day that the Paula Vogel Mentor Project artists were all gathered together. The location was the inspirational Barnes Foundation. One by one over the morning, as the mentors arrived from the train, and the fellows from their homes, the first face to face meetings between mentor and fellow happened.
During the workshop, each mentor and fellow had a getting to know you lunch, enjoying the crisp fall day. After the workshop, everyone headed up to 5th and Lehigh for dinner at North Star, where we joined by the artistic leaders of Power Street Theatre, Erlina Ortiz and Gabrielle Sanchez. We then went to Taller Puertorriqueño to see the amazing inaugural production of Power Street: Minorityland. This play explored the gentrification surrounding Temple University in North Philly in a complex, character driven story devised by the company of young, community driven performers, and was a very inspirational end to a long and amazing day of writing, community, and theatre.