Playing on Common Ground SymposiumFeatured Artists

List of artists as of December 2013; to be updated regularly.

Albany Park Theatre Project
Chicago, Il

APTP, located in one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhood in the country, is an ensemble of youth artists who collectively write, choreograph, compose, and stage original performance works based on people's real-life stories. Their theater comes from the real-life stories gathered from their community, composed largely of immigrant and working-class Americans. Their plays have shared the life experiences of Mexican indocumentados, Bosnian refugees, Bolivian revolutionaries, Ukrainian Jews, Palestinian-American Muslims, Persian Sufis, Polish domestics, Vietnamese refugees, and more.


Boston, MA

HowlRound designs and develops online knowledge platforms and in-person gatherings that promote access, participation, organizational collaboration, field-wide research, and new teaching practices to illuminate the breadth, diversity, and impact of a commons-based approach to theater practice.


Tectonic Theatre Project
New York, NY

Tectonic Theatre Project is an award-winning company whose groundbreaking plays such as, The Laramie Project, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, and I Am My Own Wife, have sparked national discourse about their subjects and have inspired artists and audiences worldwide. The company is dedicated to developing innovative works that explore theatrical language and form, fostering an artistic dialogue with audiences on the social, political, and human issues that affect us all.


Ten Thousand Things Theatre
Minneapolis, MN

TTT brings lively, intelligent theater to people with little access to the wealth of the arts, invigorating ancient tales, classic stories, and contemporary plays through vital, open interactions between actors and non-traditional audiences. When their talented artists perform in shelters, prisons, low-income housing and community centers, the skills and imaginations of their veteran artists confront the honesty and insight of men and women who have lived hard lives. Their non-traditional audiences, many of whom have never seen live theater before, and the conditions under which they must perform to reach them—without stages, lighting or technical effects—imbue their actors with urgency, liveliness, and profound honesty.


Theatre B
Fargo, ND

Since 2003, the ensemble and guest artists of Theatre B have brought to life a wide variety of the latest award-winning plays and bold, untested new works. Theatre B believes strongly in the power of the ensemble as a creative force. They collaborate with a variety of local artists and organizations on projects that invigorate community conversation and social action. In addition to the four-show main stage season, their Emerging Artists Training Program cultivates the next generation of theatre artists by encouraging a multi-disciplinary approach and intensive cross-training.

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