New World Performance Laboratory

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Center for Applied Theater and Active Culture (CATAC) and New World Performance Lab received $2000 matching support from...
08/19/2020
Akron nonprofit organizations and Knight Arts Challenge winners receive grants from GAR Foundation -

Center for Applied Theater and Active Culture (CATAC) and New World Performance Lab received $2000 matching support from GAR Foundation for Jairo Cuesta's Knight Arts Challenge project, "Lost in Translation." Thank you GAR Foundation for your support of this project and your grants earlier this year for general operating support and pandemic assistance. You help make Akron thrive!

GAR Foundation awarded $928,000 in grants to Akron nonprofit organizations at its August grant distribution meeting. This round of funding included matching grants for 10 Knight Arts Challenge projects.

08/11/2020
Grotowski, entrevista

Who is Grotowski?
With Jerzy Grotowski, Nienadowka 1980
Directed by: Jill Godmilow
Produced by Mercedes Gregory

ArtsNow
06/30/2020

ArtsNow

It's official! Thank you, Akron City Council, for your unanimous support of the Akron Cultural Plan that's been more than two years in the making!

Thank you, Richard Swirsky, Phil Lombardo, Councilwoman Margo Sommerville, Russel C Neal Jr, Tara L. Samples, Brad McKitrick Akron Ward 6 City Council, Donnie Kammer, Shammas Malik - Akron City Council Ward 8, Akron's Ward 9 - Mike Freeman, Councilman, Sharon Connor, Jeff Fusco, Linda F. R. Omobien, and Ginger Baylor!

CATAC/NWPL is happy to announce the continued support of Akron Community Foundation for our activities at Balch Street T...
06/07/2020
Akron Community Foundation funds distribute nearly $4 million in quarterly grants - Akron Community Foundation

CATAC/NWPL is happy to announce the continued support of Akron Community Foundation for our activities at Balch Street Theatre! Thank you, ACF, for helping us do our work in these strange times.
https://www.akroncf.org/akron-community-foundation-funds-distribute-nearly-4-million-in-quarterly-grants/?fbclid=IwAR2Rh68ou0MjoOA5KtyfWJsZDjTTh_w-u7uWMTCrhylkLty7T8PY3VJP0gc

Competitive grants support arts and culture programs in Summit County AKRON, Ohio (June 5, 2020) – Today, Akron Community Foundation’s board of directors approved grants totaling $3,907,981, including $521,000 in competitive arts and culture grants chosen by the foundation’s Community Investme...

Center for Applied Drama & Autism
06/04/2020

Center for Applied Drama & Autism

Announcing our online workshops and summer camps! We can now take in students from anywhere with an internet connections! We are offering reduced prices during the se times of sheltering at home. Register NOW!

05/25/2020
"The Devil's Milk" Documentary

On the final day of The Devil's Milk Trilogy, Memorial Day weekend 2017, all 3 full-length productions performed to full houses at the Balch Street Theatre. This short documentary is a reminder of what creativity, artistry, and collaboration can do.
Wishing you all a safe and healthy Memorial Day 2020.

**Video edited by Dave Cranston and filmed by Dave Cranston and Dred Geib

A documentary of New World Performance Lab's "The Devil's Milk Trilogy' repertory day, May 28, 2017 at Balch Street Theatre, Akron, Ohio. The trilogy consist...

Remembering Memorial Day weekend 3 years ago when The Devil's Milk Trilogy ran in repertory at the Balch Street Theatre....
05/24/2020

Remembering Memorial Day weekend 3 years ago when The Devil's Milk Trilogy ran in repertory at the Balch Street Theatre. Good times in Akron, OH!

GAR Foundation
05/22/2020
GAR Foundation

GAR Foundation

We're pleased to announce more than $1 million in grants were awarded to Akron organizations this month! This round of funding included $150,000 in unsolicited relief grants to 17 nonprofit organizations immediately impacted by the pandemic.

Access, Inc.
ArtsNow
Asian Services In Action - ASIA
Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio/Akron
New World Performance Laboratory
Community Legal Aid Services
Conxus NEO
GroundWorks DanceTheater
Leadership Akron
The Cleveland Orchestra
Project Learn of Summit County
South Street Ministries
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Students With A Goal - SWAG Foundation
Hale Farm & Village
Akron-Canton Airport (CAK)
International Institute of Akron
Mobile Meals

If you are a member of the NWPL community then odds are you've met our co-directors, James Slowiak and Jairo Cuesta. The...
05/16/2020

If you are a member of the NWPL community then odds are you've met our co-directors, James Slowiak and Jairo Cuesta. These two men are the foundation of the ensemble's work and have kept the creative flames burning for 27 years.
Here are a few things you may not know about co-artistic director James Slowiak.

CPCP's 2020 Summer Institute : The Practice of Partnership : Civic Practice & Project Team Coaching — Center for Perform...
05/14/2020
CPCP's 2020 Summer Institute : The Practice of Partnership : Civic Practice & Project Team Coaching — Center for Performance and Civic Practice

CPCP's 2020 Summer Institute : The Practice of Partnership : Civic Practice & Project Team Coaching — Center for Performance and Civic Practice

ONLINE: Join CPCP’s Rebeca Martínez and Michael Rohd for an introduction to Civic Practice; guided conversations you can participate in individually or as part of a project team; and a set of coaching sessions for project teams that will be shared live and as recorded case portraits afterwards.

It's the last day to donate!Thank you to everyone who has shared posts or donated so far. Passion's Play was set to open...
05/14/2020

It's the last day to donate!
Thank you to everyone who has shared posts or donated so far. Passion's Play was set to open to the public tonight. Plans change, but the work continues!
As rehearsals for Passion's Play (Work in Process) carry on remotely and NWPL develops new ways to connect with all of you, there are a handful of ways you can help the Lab, QuTheatr, and our artists.
We appreciate each and every gesture of support!

Thank you for your support of our #GivingTuesdayNow campaign! Our fundraiser will continue through this Thursday, May 14...
05/12/2020

Thank you for your support of our #GivingTuesdayNow campaign! Our fundraiser will continue through this Thursday, May 14th, the original opening date for Passion's Play (Work in Process)--we're almost halfway to our goal!

Donate: https://www.facebook.com/donate/546408152738198/

If you are a member of the NWPL community then odds are you've met our co-directors, James Slowiak and Jairo Cuesta. The...
05/09/2020

If you are a member of the NWPL community then odds are you've met our co-directors, James Slowiak and Jairo Cuesta. These two men are the foundation of the ensemble's work and have kept the creative flames burning for 27 years.
Here are a few things you may not know about co-artistic director and performer, Jairo Cuesta.

05/06/2020

Nicole Doll was the first to answer Sunday’s trivia question correctly. Here is her prize! A brief message from Percy Bysshe Shelley in quarantine...
Nicole got to see it first, but we thought everyone might enjoy this clip.
Thank you for playing, Nicole!

Throwback Trivia! Here are Jairo Cuesta and Chris Buck in NWPL's Frankenstein--the first person to correctly name their ...
05/03/2020

Throwback Trivia!
Here are Jairo Cuesta and Chris Buck in NWPL's Frankenstein--the first person to correctly name their roles in this production gets a special post on their wall from an NWPL member!

Did you know that the National Theatre Live is releasing archived full-length stage performances each week? Currently, both versions of their 2011 production of Frankenstein are available on YouTube. We can't wait to get back into the Balch Street Theatre with all of you, but in the meantime we continue to support live performance and allow it to inspire us.

We’re all navigating new digital terrain! On our quest to implement the best virtual or distanced practices, NWPL is com...
04/23/2020

We’re all navigating new digital terrain! On our quest to implement the best virtual or distanced practices, NWPL is committed to upholding its values of authenticity and excellence. Although content like this Don Quijote meme can be a humorous distraction, we know that you are invested in our mission to provide meaningful, alternative theatre to Akron. We will continue to pursue that mission, and you can continue to find updates on our Facebook and Instagram, as well as on our new blog -- https://nwplab.com/blog

Is there something you would like to see from us? Drop a comment here, or you can email [email protected].

NWPL's rehearsal and performance space at The Balch Street Theatre is doing its part during the pandemic. We all hope th...
04/04/2020
Akron provides free quarantine housing option for police, fire exposed to coronavirus

NWPL's rehearsal and performance space at The Balch Street Theatre is doing its part during the pandemic. We all hope the space will not need to be used. Thank you First Responders for the work you do.

First responders are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, and with repeated exposure to the public, they are some of the most at risk to

“A stage space has two rules: (1) Anything can happen and (2) Something must happen.”-Peter BrookGreetings, dear friends...
03/19/2020

“A stage space has two rules: (1) Anything can happen and (2) Something must happen.”
-Peter Brook

Greetings, dear friends--

Peter Brook’s two rules apply not only to stage space, but to life space as well. We are in the midst of anything happening and something happening. On Sunday, March 15, the actors of Passion’s Play, New World Performance Lab’s newly devised performance-in-process, gathered two months of improvisations, scenes, songs, and actions into a rough draft of a script. In compliance with the order from the City of Akron, as of Monday, March 16, we have temporarily closed the CATAC/NWPL office and The Balch Street Theatre rehearsal/performance space. All administrative operations are occurring remotely, and the actors are at home working on their craft. Although rehearsals, performances, and events have been indefinitely postponed, the members of NWPL continue their work from remote locations.

In the meantime, we are looking for new ways to engage with you, our friends, our supporters, our community--both energetically and virtually. Watch for some ideas from us in the next few days about how we will try to mark these crucial times. And as soon as we can, we will update you on dates for the restart of in-person events and performances.

NWPL stands in solidarity with our friends throughout the world who have been touched by this pandemic. And our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and community here in Akron, we are with you as the world changes around us, as anything happens and something happens.

We will keep the flame lit until we can fill The Balch Street Theatre again with songs and stories, dance through the night, and embrace each other and the challenge of theatre.

Yours truly,

New World Performance Lab

March Lunar Meet-Up at the Balch Street Theatre:
03/02/2020

March Lunar Meet-Up at the Balch Street Theatre:

12/29/2019

Thank you for your support in 2019!

NWPL Remembers: Deathwatch --"There was a part where I was standing with a table behind me and my action was to jump up ...
12/27/2019

NWPL Remembers: Deathwatch --
"There was a part where I was standing with a table behind me and my action was to jump up and back onto the table. The goal was to be so subtle that it looked effortless. An audience member once told me that when I jumped it looked like I was floating. I felt like I had mastered something in that small moment."
-Chris Buck

Happy holidays to you and yours from New World Performance Laboratory!
12/24/2019

Happy holidays to you and yours from New World Performance Laboratory!

Jairo Cuesta in Antioquia , Colombia. Research expedition for the Knight Foundation Akron Arts Challenge Award project “...
12/22/2019

Jairo Cuesta in Antioquia , Colombia. Research expedition for the
Knight Foundation Akron Arts Challenge Award project “Al otro lado del Río”.

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! We are slowly moving toward our goal for the end of the year!
12/10/2019

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! We are slowly moving toward our goal for the end of the year!

New World Performance Laboratory's cover photo
12/05/2019

New World Performance Laboratory's cover photo

Akron's alternative theatre company.
12/03/2019

Akron's alternative theatre company.

#GivingTuesday
12/03/2019

#GivingTuesday

After giving thanks and shopping small, don't forget to support your local arts organizations! Consuming locally-produce...
12/02/2019

After giving thanks and shopping small, don't forget to support your local arts organizations! Consuming locally-produced theatre created by locally-sourced artists is a sustainable way to grow our community!

11/29/2019

Loneliness is a Terminal Disease opens tonight at the Balch. Support Ma'Sue Productions as they team up with the Akron AIDS Collaborative to commemorate World AIDS Day.

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Latinos from Akron and around Cleveland, you can't miss this play Don Quijote, exquisitely directed and masterfully performed by the group headed by the excellent Jairo Cuestas. Congratulations!!!
Saw Don't You Weep last night and it was incredible. Make sure you see it. I plan to see it again ... at least once. Really powerful. My friend was devastated and I was energized and inspired. And I love how this company creates images that make me feel deeply and think profoundly ... and that we all have different responses to the experience. Debora Totti, you are an inspiration
Saw Don't You Weep last night and it was incredible. Make sure you see it. I plan to see it again ... at least once. Really powerful. My friend was devastated and I was energized and inspired. And I love how this company creates images that make me feel deeply and think profoundly ... and that we all have different responses to the experience. Debora Totti, you are an inspiration
Congratulations on your recent arts and culture grant. We appreciate your artistic innovation and contribution to the community!
What an INCREDIBLE performance of Industrial Valley tonight! So impressed by the writing, acting, staging, musicianship and overall talent in this production!!!