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Cultivating Community in a Virtual Space | Lisa Nelson-Haynes | TEDxPhiladelphiaSalon
Can we create a community in a virtual space? Lisa Nelson-Haynes, Executive Director of Philadelphia Young Playwrights, explores the complexities of building communities during the stay-at-home orders and six feet of distance of the COVID-19 pandemic, while watching years of racial injustice hit a tipping point. Lisa walks us through her experiences in community building and identifies the steps needed to be a part of a community during this new normal. Believe it or not, it all starts with a YES.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
As we start the new school year, we wanted to take the chance to say a very fond "farewell" to two of our long-time staff who are headed to new adventures this year. Check out both conversations below with our summer Bloomberg Intern Catherine Sorrentino and Brittany Brewer, former Associate Director of Education and Programs and Steve Gravelle, former Resident Teaching Artist. We will miss you both here at PYP!
Catherine Sorrentino interviewing Brittany Brewer
C: What initially drew you to PYP?
B: It’s actually a bit of a story. The summer before my senior year of high school, I lived in Indiana. My English teacher, who was also my drama club sponsor, knew that I was writing a play and she encouraged me to submit it to this competition. The Indiana Repertory Theater has this competition, the Young Playwrights in Process competition. My play, What’s the Matter With Pink Underwear, won the High School Division of that competition, and I was able to work on my play with a professional dramaturg and some professional actors, and we did some workshopping and revising. I eventually saw my piece in a sort of staged reading, which was my first experience with professional theater and definitely something that changed my life, though I don't even think I quite realized it then. As stupid or silly as it sounds, a bunch of professional adults spending hours having real conversations with you and talking to you on their level is really meaningful.
A great article featuring winning writer Mokeira Gekonge from our 2020 Digital Mouthful Monologue Festival. Read it below, and then check out the Monologue Festival Performance!