Recent Heat Events

H.E.A.T. quick creates communities at every workshop and performance by creating audience and/or group engagement. We will often include art installations that engage the audience before a performance and issue driven discussions and engage with them post show. Our workshops are about building collectives that create together and then move off into the world. We create theatre of excellence and skill as our point of inspiration and engagement great art for good service. 

Here are just some of the recent events we've created over the past few months:


THE NIGHT IT RAINED New Stage Theatre, New York City December 6-17

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The Wall at Edinburgh Fringe - At Summerhall. August 25 and 26, 2018.

A staged reading of The Wall was performed at Edinburgh Fringe. This short play uses poetry, humor, puppetry and diverse characters to give voice to an impossible problem that can only be survived through increased humanity, paradoxical curiosity, and artful expression. The Wall is written and performed by Jessica Litwak and directed by Katie Pearl.


Structural Compositions Workshop and Performance. August 19 and 20, 2018.

Catherine Filloux and Jessica Litwak taught a playwriting workshop where writers created short pieces about resistance named after the structures where they took place.

The following evening, students had the opportunity to have their pieces read at our Structural Compositions event at Lucky Jack's Bar and Lounge. This event also featured the work of Catherine Filloux, Saviana Stanescu, and Jessica Litwak.


Pot Luck and a Play. August 19, 2018.

We had a potluck reading of Terrible Virtue, a play about the history of Reproductive Rights in the U.S. We gathered around a table, read the play, and had a conversation about taking action for reproductive justice and women's rights.


Puppets for the People Workshop at Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa, CA. August 11, 2018.

This three- hour workshop teaches some of the methods of The H.E.AT. Collective focusing specifically on our puppet building techniques. Participants build puppets, write short plays, and perform small shows with their new creations. These puppets allow workshop participants to tell their stories freely with hands, body and voice.


The Night it Rained. April 29, 2018.


Artistic director Jessica Litwak moderated a panel discussion between Varvara Faer of Moscow’s Teatr.doc, Natalia Kaliada of Belarus Free Theatre, and Tunisian playwright Meriam Bousselmi run as part of PEN Americas World Voices Festival.

- April 18


To Live - an original puppet play came out of the HEAT Collective semester long course Puppets For The People. Jessica Litwak taught puppet building, playwriting, voice, puppet animation, and ensemble/ community building at Theatre For The New City. The course was offered through Empire State College and sponsored by The Yip Harburg foundation.

-April 18

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The Divide with ARUNY at La MaMa (January ’18) *

The Divide is an evening of readings on specific, divisive issues of our current moment. The event includes interactive installations for audiences to share their perspectives and take local action. The Divide is comprised of the following play readings: The Bridge about political divisiveness in the United States; The Wall about the conflict in Israel and Palestine; and The Dream Acts about immigration and undocumented youth. The evening will culminate in a community-oriented conversation, with guests from the field of conflict resolution and immigration, including Matthew Covey of Tamizdat, Yonit Friedman of IfNotNow, and more. Ryan Little Eagle Pierce will also join us for a blessing over the Lenape land which we now occupy.

The Bridge is written by Jessica Litwak, performed by Jessica Litwak and Stacey Linnartz, with direction by Dana Boll. The Wall is written by Jessica Litwak, with direction from Stacey Linnartz. Having crossed through the checkpoints many times, Litwak has a unique perspective on the Occupation and this human rights crisis. As an educator and theatre artist who has worked in Jenin, Hebron, Ramallah, Beit Jala and Nablus in the West Bank and who has deep relationships in and with Palestine she cannot support or condone Israeli actions. As a Jewish woman in the Arab world she grapples with the deeply felt paradoxes of heart and heritage, east and west, justice and peace. This short play uses poetry, humor, puppetry and diverse characters to give voice to an impossible problem that can only be survived through increased humanity, paradoxical curiosity, and artful expression.


The Dream Acts is collectively written by Chiori Miyagawa, Mia Chang, Jessica Litwak, Saviana Stanescu, and Andrea Thome. This reading is directed by Julia Levine, and features Kendra Augustin, Joyce Lim, Gerard Moss, Ashton Muniz, and Julie Orkis. In Dream Acts , five undocumented students from Nigeria, Mexico, Ukraine, Korea, and Jordan relate stories of their extraordinary challenges in living ordinary lives under the Homeland Security radar. Each story is moving and urgent; some are funny, others are tragic, and through their experiences, we learn about the DREAM Act and the secret lives led by undocumented students. 

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HEAT co-convened the Theatre and Resistance Symposium at The Martin Segal Center, CUNY

-January ’18


The Landing: HEAT with ARUNY and Climate Change Theatre Action at The Lark

-November ’17

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HEAT workshops Puppets for The People and The FEAR Project at the North American Drama Therapy Association in Boston

-November ’17



HEAT at International Leadership Conference (Brussels) Full Day Pre-conference workshop on Arts and Leadership

-October ’17

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HEAT conducts workshop, devises and presents Old Tales for New Times at the Kavrna Theatre in Brno, CZ Republic

-Sept/October '17


HEAT presents The Wall at the International Human Rights Arts Festival at Dixon Place

-September ’17

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Radio Show HEAT on Theatre for Social Change at WHIV in New Orleans

-August ’17



HEAT as delegate with Theatre Without Borders at International Theatre Institute World Congress in Segovia, Spain

-July ’17


HEAT conducts Puppets for the People and Socially Engaged Theatre workshops at YES Theatre and The Freedom Theatre in The West Bank, Palestine

-June-July ’17

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HEAT co-produces My HEART is in the EAST with La MaMa at La MaMa ETC

-June ’17

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HEAT co produces Emma Goldman Day at La MaMa with ARUNY and with United Nations Woman (He For She Arts Week) for Women’s History Month

-March ’17

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HEAT develops The FEAR Project in The Czech Republic for an extended performance and teaching tour funded by The U.S. state department as well as in Calcutta, India and New York City.

-Dec.’16-March 17


HEAT co-produces The Rising with ARUNY at La MaMa

-Jan ’17