TeAda Performing Artist Impact Fellowship

ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP

WHO WE ARE:

The TeAda Performing Artist Impact Fellowship offers actors, artists, and activists interested in social justice art the opportunity to train in TeAda’s performing arts methodology. Fellows engage and support community in a space that  expands capacity to express personal and collective narratives. A pioneer in social justice theater TeAda has developed various programs and theater productions that seek to empower communities of color. The TeAda Performing Artists Impact Fellows are partnered with TeAda Productions local program and community organization partners. The 2018 fellows worked with TeAda’s CreAtive Self-Care Spring workshop series and community partner organizations UCLA Labor Center, Los Angeles Worker Center Network, Pilipino Workers Center of Los Angeles (PWC), Program for Torture Victims (PTV), Antena Los Angeles, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), and Garment Worker Center (GWC) .  The 2019 Fellows will partner with TeAda Productions Refugee State creative workshop series and community partner Program for Torture Victims (PTV).

WHY:

TeAda methodology emphasizes storytelling as a tool for social justice, healing and solidarity among communities of color and marginalized groups.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Under the guidance of a seasoned TeAda Teaching Artist, the fellow is immersed in storytelling circles with a local partner organization and a diverse group of community participants. This will allow fellows to undergo hands on training in specific TeAda methodology. 

THE GOAL:

This fellowship allows for the exploration and development of authentic storytelling from communities with the goal of encouraging healing and inter-community solidarity. Fellows will have the opportunity to apply TeAda methodology and technique in workshops and participate in a culminating live performance alongside community members giving fellows hands on experience in leading social justice arts workshops. Impact Fellow must agree to fully engage in a safe space for expression, healing, solidarity, community building and sharing with Black workers, low-wage workers, immigrant and refugee communities.

2019 TeAda Productions Performing Artist Impact Fellowship Application NOW OPEN


The TeAda Performing Artist Impact Fellowship offers actors, artists, and activists interested in social justice art the opportunity to train in TeAda’s performing arts methodology which emphasizes storytelling as a tool for social justice, healing and solidarity. Under the guidance of a seasoned TeAda Teaching Artist, the 2019 fellows will be immersed in storytelling circles with community partner organization Program for Torture Victims. The 2019 Fellows will undergo hands on training in specific TeAda methodology. This fellowship allows for the exploration and development of authentic storytelling from communities shaping and cultivating the next generation of storytellers. Fellows will perform in a culminating live performance and the opportunity to grow a connection between the artists and community members. The fellow will participate in both private and in the field training.

2019 Program Details & Eligibility:
5 artists will be chosen for the 2019 TeAda Productions Performing Artist Impact Fellowship.
Stipend will be discussed at the audition.
Application DEADLINE November 16th, 2018 11pm PST
Impact Fellow must agree to fully engage in a safe space for expression, healing, solidarity, community building and sharing with immigrant and refugee communities.
TRAVEL & LODGING ARE NOT PROVIDED.
All activities will take place in Los Angeles, CA.

Impact Fellows must commit to the following dates:

2019 Audition Date:
Thursday December 6th, 2018 10 AM Los Angeles, CA

2019 Training Dates:
Wednesday January 16th Time TBD (3 hours sometime between 10am-3pm)
Monday January 21st 5pm-7pm
Wednesday January 23rd Time TBD (3 hours sometime between 10am-3pm)
Monday January 28th 5pm-7pm
Wednesday January 30th Time TBD (3 hours sometime between 10am-3pm)

1 week Intensive exploring story with community:
FEBRUARY 4th-8th 2019
Monday to Thursday - Intensive Workshops 10am-4pm
2/8 Friday Community Sharing Performance (Rehearsal 12-2:30 pm, Performance 2:30pm - 4pm Approximate performance time 30 minutes.)

Report Out:
2/11-2/15 Fellows to write a report out on the experience and submit to TeAda.
2/18-2/22 1 in person wrap up meeting.

2019 Community Partner

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Program for Torture Victims (PTV) restores the health and human dignity of survivors of human rights abuse providing critical assistance to more than 300 refugees annually. As the pioneer in human rights abuse rehabilitation, PTV has developed an integrated and comprehensive approach that encompasses a full spectrum of needs. Committed to survivors’ well-being and care, PTV has partnered with some of the region’s leading health and legal service providers, including the Eisner Health, St. John’s Well Child & Family Center, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Public Counsel, and the Los Angeles LGBT Center, among others.


MEET OUR 2018 IMPACT FELLOWS!

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The 2018 Impact Fellows (L-R) Toni Temehana Pasion, Uhuru Moor, Chella Coleman, and Anatalia Vallez.

TONI TEMEHANA PASION

Toni Temehana Pasion is a dancer and educator of Tagalog, Ilocano, and Kapampangan heritages, born in San Jose, California and raised in Los Angeles, California. She received her BA from the University of California, Riverside in Asian American Studies and Women’s Studies, and her MA in Dance at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her creative practice includes Hawaiian hula, Philippine dance, ori Tahiti, contemporary dance, and writing. Toni is the founder and producer of A Stage of Our Own (ASOO), a Philippine and Pacific Island collective of artists, organizers, educators, and researchers, creating contemporary works centered on womxn’s experiences. She is also a Teaching Artist of Dance for Arts Alive, serving various elementary schools in the South Bay. Her curriculum includes dance, music, language, geography, and cultural values. She works towards expanding culture-based education, thereby fostering a future generation geared towards social equality and tolerance. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TONI, VISIT tonipasion.com


UHURU MOOR

The Uhuruverse is a Los Angeles-based PROTEST ARTIST who uses multiple mediums and performance styles to speak against oppression and demand and encourage liberation. Best known as the electric guitarist for the band Fuck U Pay Us (a four piece Black femme punk band demanding land reparations for the African Holocaust and free self defense training for femmes), the Uhuruvese also raps and sings--their solo album, The Brightest Oddest Strangest Star U Ever Did Saw Up Close and Afar From Planet Earth to Mars and Beyond!! was released January 1, 2018. The Uhuruverse directed the psychedelic film noir, “FIGHT IN HEELS”, a collaboration with the #SNATCHPOWER artist collective. The Uhuruverse founded #SNATCHPOWER in 2014. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT UHURU, VISIT SnatchPower.com


CHELLA COLEMAN

Chella Isabel Marie Coleman is a transgender activist using art as well as organizing in the community in Los Angeles California.  Using art as well as popular education to educate folks around issues that impact the trans and gender non conforming community especially low income trans women of color. She also is a part of many other organizations seeking to better high risk low income communities. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CHELLA, VISIT chellacoleman.com


ANATALIA VALLEZ

Anatalia Vallez is a performer/artivist from Orange County, passionate about theater and performance as a tool for creating consciousness and community. She is currently an ensemble member of Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, as a playwright, and performer. Her first exposure to Latinx theater was through a program called Barrio Actors Guild in Santa Ana where, as a teenager, she got to share her very first monologues. Anatalia took up a minor in Theater and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley where she learned about the history of theater in Latinoamerica and around the world, theater of the sphere and theater of the oppressed. As a result, she helped start the Performance Colectiva at CAL. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ANATALIA, VISIT anataliavallez.weebly.com

2018 COMMUNITY PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS:

UCLA Labor Center, Los Angeles Worker Center Network, Pilipino Workers Center of Los Angeles (PWC), Program for Torture Victims (PTV), Antena Los Angeles, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), Garment Worker Center (GWC)