Enrollment in Jump-Start workshop is now open!
Crossing Borders: Connecting the Past, Present and Future
The week-long workshop, open to all and facilitated by Judith Sloan, will focus on storytelling as a tool for team building and opening up dialogues across cultures. Sloan welcomes participants to explore theatrical play, movement and storytelling techniques to share their personal stories of migration, refuge and finding home.
What physical and personal borders do you cross and where have they led you?
The Crossing Borders workshop can be seen as professional development for artists, social workers, community activists/organizers and educators, but no experience is necessary to join. A celebratory performance by the participants will bring the workshop to a close. Participants are encouraged to attend all four nights of the workshop plus the final presentation. If scheduling is a problem, there will be flexibility for participants to attend one, two, three or all four nights.
Crossing Borders will run Mon. — Friday, February 18 — 22, 2019 from 7 PM to
9 PM and includes the performance on February 22, 2019 at 8 PM. All sessions will be held at Jump-Start Theater, 710 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, TX, 78201.
Workshop Fee: Sliding scale $15-$40.
Enrollment: Contact Jump-Start Communication Manager, Clint Taylor at: [email protected]
Deadline to register is Feb. 15, 2019.
Judith Sloan is a co-founder of EarSay, Inc., a Queens-based non-profit arts organization dedicated to documenting and portraying stories often ignored by the mass media.
Sloan lives in what is arguably the most diverse locality in the United States — Queens, NY — which is home to the New York airports and often referred to as the new Ellis Island. No longer made up of neatly partitioned ethnic enclaves, today the choreography of Queens, a place where residents speak 167 different languages, is one of chaotic co-existence. This group portrait of a multi-ethnic, multi-racial community is a magnifying glass for the future of America. Above all, Crossing the BLVD is a celebration of resilient, prismatic character – in search of home. In Yo Miss! Sloan fuses the art of theatre, poetry, and music, in a sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always truth-telling show about immigrant/refugee teenagers and incarcerated youth grappling with the cataclysmic events that shaped them. Using midi-controllers and an original musical score to accompany her compelling performance, Judith Sloan remixes her own traumatic experiences with those of her students and transforms into a multitude of characters ages 14 to 80.
What the Critics Say:
“Immigrant life as told in the intimate, rich, comic, ironic and sad stories so often seen but not heard in America’s big cities.”-The Washington Post
“Crossing the BLVD is a whirlwind tour and love poem of what has often been called the most racially and ethnically diverse county in America. In the tradition of the playwright Anna Deavere Smith, Ms. Sloan performs Crossing the BLVD adopting the personae (and respectfully mimicking the accents) of the varied immigrant stories.” -The New York Times
“Crossing boldly carries the tradition of oral history into the 21st Century. Electrifying!”
-Eve Ensler, author The Vagina Monologues
“Yo Miss! is as artfully composed and intelligently framed as it is emotionally gutsy, It’s a fully realized piece of inventive theater that packs a punch – and a lesson.” –Jon Sobel, BlogCritics.org
Jump-Start Performance Co. acknowledges with gratitude the following funders: City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, G.A.C. Halff Foundation, Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, King William Association, Endeavors, Inc. and our many individual donors. This project is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Network of Ensemble Theaters’ Travel & Exchange Network (NET/TEN), supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.