Community Class: Creative Disruptors
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About the Event
A workshop and discussion on activating your art to aid the movement. Participants will leave with tangible steps on where to begin in regards to creating with political purpose.
Once you register, you will receive a Zoom link to the event.
Andrea Ambam is a politically-engaged theatre artist who challenges the art's potential for movement-building and transformative justice. Andrea is an actress and playwright based in New York City but whose roots sprout from Cameroon, Africa. Holding a master's degree in Art and Public Policy from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Andrea best intersects spaces where community, performance, and critical discussion pulsate. She is a 2020 Artist-in-Residence for Anna Deavere Smith’s class “One Person Shows: A Way to Begin,” a 2020 EmergeNYC fellow at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and a 10-time national champion in public speaking and dramatic performance, where she has been awarded "Top Speaker in the Nation" three times. Andrea has performed at and/or been commissioned by New York University Prison Education Program, New York University Verbatim Performance Lab, Abron Arts Center, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Artists’ Literacies Institute, Centre for Social Innovation, and Provincetown Playhouse. Her current work involves solo performance, poetry, ethnography, and verbatim theatre. Let's connect: www.andreaambam.com
Nikita Chaudhry is an artist, activist, and educator currently based in Los Angeles. A graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a major in Drama, minor in Performance Studies, and honors certificate in Theatre Studies, her work has expanded from stage to screen. She is most passionate about creative work that uplifts underrepresented voices and stories, and work that directly gives back to the community. Alongside her performance career, she consults with social justice organizations, most notably having partnered with the Women's March National team for the Women's Convention in Detroit in 2017, and currently campaigning with Nithya Raman for LA City Council and Chalo Vote. She was also recently inducted onto the board of national non-profit, SAALT (South Asian Americans Leading Together). As an educator, she has taught fitness, dance/movement, and musical theater, and serves as a facilitator, specializing in identity politics and performance. She can most recently be seen on ABC's Station 19. nikitachaudhry.com
Anooj Bhandari is a Community Organizer with a focus on community harm reduction practice and exploring alternatives to, diversions from, and the elimination of, the carceral state. His work focuses on building microcosms that imagine and explore the possibility of liberation within the interpersonal. Recent campaign work includes the fight to end the School-to-Prison-Pipeline and the implementation of Restorative Justice in communities, most recently having worked as the Restorative Justice Coordinator with Make the Road NY, and as the current Network Coordinator for the Restorative Justice Initiative. Anooj is an Artist, specifically a creative storyteller, playwright, and performer. He works across different mediums of performance, with an intimate love for poetics and movement. He is an ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists, where he writes, performs, and directs in their weekly show, The Infinite Wrench, and is a current artist in residence on Governors Island. Anooj is a 2017 graduate of Tisch's Arts Politics Masters program.