American Place Theatre, Inc.
January 31, 2011
I was an artistic intern for the Literature to Life program of The American Place Theatre. Associate Artistic Director, Elise Thoron, actor Elvis Nolasco, co-artistic intern Katherine McGee, and I spent endless hours working together on the adaptation of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz, for stage. With an occasional meeting with Wynn Handman, the organization’s Artistic Director and Co-Founder, we completed the semester with an awe-inspiring adaptation of Wao for student viewing everywhere. Working meticulously with a novel that focused so much on the Dominican Republic (DR), “We come to understand the culture of fear and violence that has resulted from Trujillo’s 30+ years dictatorship of the Dominican Republic, and the importance of facing fear with love.” I knew that I had to see the country for myself.
Everyday when I arrived at the office, I encountered an inspired, enthusiastic staff. I was greeted with smiles and inquiry, and knew that everyone there was deeply committed to their goals of educational outreach, and providing an environment for creative discovery and the development of the future for our field. We were constantly asking new questions and broadening our perspectives (not only in this field, but also in life!).
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
seeing student reactions, feedback, and teacher support. Additionally, it is clear that artists and arts educators enjoy working for this organization.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
provide them with a constant source of funding.
Volunteer & I was involved in every step of artistic and educational process of adapting a novel for stage for educational purposes.