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Alliance's Artists Labs launches new projects
by From Staff Reports
July 16, 2014 11:00 AM | 2017 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Alliance Theatre in Midtown next month will celebrate new theatrical projects developed during the first year of the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab.

The final developed works will be presented to the public in an upcoming showcase at the Alliance Aug. 8 through 10.                       

The entity launched the artists lab in 2013 to support and provide opportunities to artists of multiple theatre disciplines looking for a producing home for undeveloped work. 

The theater extended an open call for metro Atlanta artists to submit their projects for consideration and received 68 applications, representing 204 individual artists. Three projects were chosen by a panel of judges representing local and national artists of varying disciplines. Each project received $10,000 to use toward further exploration and development of their pieces, as well as access to the theater’s artistic, educational and production staffs and rehearsal spaces. 

The goals for this program are to provide an opportunity for artists to grow by having time and space to explore new ideas, to include the artists lab within the theater’s annual core programming, to become a home base for local artists to create new work and to include at least one production in every subscription season that originated in the lab.

The outpouring of applications for inclusion in the inaugural year of the program shows the vibrancy of the artistic community living in Atlanta and the need for further support of local art, said theater spokeswoman Kathleen Covington.

Selected projects include:

o “The Projects Project:” Teaming up with consultants James Knowles and Oliver Turner, Ellen McQueen will further develop “The Projects Project,” a theatre piece built from true stories of people who grew up in the “war zone” of the Atlanta housing projects. Spoken word, visual images, music and dance are all part of telling the tale.

o “Uprising:” 151 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, Gabrielle Fulton aims to examine notions of freedom as she develops her play “Uprising,” which reflects on liberty, self-determination and sacrifice in a free black community during secession-era America.

o “Moxie:” In collaboration with directing/dramaturgical consultant Elisa Carlson, writers Brian Kurlander and Lane Carlock will develop “Moxie.” A moving and powerful play, it chronicles a handmade book made by a Marine, who is killed while serving in Afghanistan, as a gift for his son. Journeying from place to place, the book goes on to impact the many lives it touches.

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