Speakers for post-show discussions

We have some really amazing speakers leading our post-show discussions for My Heart is in the East.

Speakers include:

David Diamond

Cynthia Cooper

Yonit Freedman

Caterine Filloux

Raymond Scheindlin

Esther Farmer

Lana Povitz

Tom Block

Karen Malpede

and more to come!

My Heart is in the East is going up soon!

We are in rehearsals for My Heart is in the East and getting so excited to share it with the world starting June 8th at La MaMa E.T.C!

H.E.A.T founder Jessica Litwak is starring in the play she wrote with Raji Ahsan in the piece. They are working hard rehearsing the play with director Jen Wineman. We get in the space on June 6th and we have our first preview June 8th. Get your tickets here!

My Heart is in the East Crowdfunding is Live!

Crowdfunding for our upcoming performance is LIVE!

My Heart is in the East is a duet between two poets (a Muslim man and a Jewish woman) in two centuries (The 21st and the 11th). We cross time, gender, race, religion and language to bridge the conflicts between them. Will violence, suspicion, and fear stop cultural exchange and destroy a unique and unlikely friendship? Or will poetry, humanity, love and humor win out? Following each performance, the audience is invited to engage in a poetry contest, similar to the historical ones explored in the play, and a discussion about the possibilities of art and peace.

The play brings the H.E.A.T Collective's mission of education and activism to the downtown New York audience and engages the community with the post-show event/discussion. Please consider donating to bring this piece to life!

The FEAR Project is part of the International Human Rights Festival!

The FEAR project play created by the members of ARUNY will have its second iteration at The International Human Rights Festival at Dixon Place.

More information on the festival here: http://dixonplace.org/performances/the-international-human-rights-art-festival/

Jessica Litwak In Czech Republic for FEAR Project

Jessica Litwak is going back to the Czech Republic for the second iteration of the FEAR project there. She will be spending the month of February working with a group of Czech actors questioning their community and creating a play based on their fears. She will also be teaching workshops all over the country.

Artists Rise Up New York First Event

THE RISING: VOLUME I

performing artists respond to the 2016 election

January 30th, La Mama, 47 Great Jones

Our first performance in association with La MaMa and The H.E.A.T. Collective includes The Fear Project, created by Jessica Litwak, The FEAR Project is an ensemble piece based on interviews taken by the entire ARUNY community. Telling stories about our collective and individual fears in our current climate it is a collage of choral poetry, monologues, songs,  scenes and audience interaction performed by five members of our group. The piece has been created and performed in the Czech Republic and India. This new version will be the U.S. premiere. There will also be a carnival of activist actions, celebrations, and conversations and an interactive dance piece will also be presentedas an effort to galvanize our energies and begin to create the physical momentum we need as a community.

COLLABORATION WITH AUTONOME DES ACTEURS IN BATAVILLE

Jessica Litwak is collaborating with Fabrique Autonome des Acteurs in Bataville, the former industrial complex, now converted in a space for artistic creativity at the very heart of the forest in the Pays de Étangs (France). She is teaching a series of voice workshops and continuing development on her play Wider That The Sky. 

"I WON'T BE AFRAID"

Jessica Litwaks's play I Won't Be Afraid is part ofthe After Orlando collection.

AFTER ORLANDO theatre action, a collaborative artivist action from Missing Bolts Productions and NoPassport theatre alliance & press is live on Broadway World and Playbill. Links below. Over 25 Playwrights are on board.

BroadwayWorld:

http://www.broadwayworld.com/orlando/article/Playwrights-Confirmed-for-AFTER-ORLANDO-An-International-Theatre-Action-in-Response-to-the-Pulse-Nightclub-Shooting-20160713

THE 26TH GENERAL CONFERENCE ON 'AGENDA FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT'/ Nov 27- Dec 1.

Jessica Litwak will be a conference presenter and convener for Arts and Peace Commission for The International Peace and Research Association Conference in Freetown, Sierre Leone. This is on the occasion ofThe 26th General Conference on ‘Agenda for Peace and Development’. The conference will be happening from November 27 to 1st December 2016. This conference is hosted by the University of Sierra Leone, in Collaboration with the 10th Dealing with Disasters Conference Series, Northumbria University, UK, and Sakarya University, Turkey.

 

Read more at : http://www.iprapeace.org/index.php/events/ipra-2016-conference

THE POWER OF DRAMATIC PLAY AND CREATIVITY : SUNSHINE UNDER THE UMBRELLA /October 27 - 30, 2016

Dr.Litwak is presenting two workshop  at the North American Drama Therapy Association Conference in Atlanta. Through enriching conversation, critical investigation, inspiring collaboration, synergetic sharing, nurturing connection, and playfulness there will be learning from each other, expand the umbrella, and generate global enthusiasm for drama therapy.  

READ MORE AT : http://www.nadta.org/events/2016-annual-conference.html

CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL LEADERSHIP

Jessica is presenting a talk and workshop at The International Leadership Association Global Conference in Seattle. More than 1,200 leadership coaches and consultants, educators and students, scholars and researchers, and public leaders and executives will attend The Dynamics of Inclusive Leadership this November. Read more at http://www.ila-net.org/Conferences/2016/