New York, NY
Presenting as part of the session: City WithART - Friday, November 2 at 1:30 pm
Gus Rogerson is the artistic director of The 52nd Street Project, a not-for-profit theater company in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan that brings kids from the neighborhood together with adult theater professionals to create original theater and to establish long-term mentoring relationships. He has been a member of the New York theater community for more than 20 years. His acting credits include the original productions of Six Degrees of Separation, Face Value, and The Grey Zone, and the film In and Out, opposite Matt Dillon. His directing credits include the American premiere of David Harrower’s first play, Knives in Hens. He served as associate producer for the feature film Sunday, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Description of Gus Rogerson's talk:
The 52nd Street Project: Better Than Baseball
-Dan Noonan, 52nd Street Project participant, age 12, 1990
The 52nd Street Project is a not-for-profit theater company in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan that brings kids from the neighborhood together with theater professionals to create original theater and to establish long-term mentoring relationships.
Most of the kids that we work with have been disenfranchised and marginalized: by the society at large, by the educational system, in their neighborhood, and even at times in their own homes. In response to this, we provide them with two fundamental things: a place to belong and a series of opportunities.
The opportunities come in the form of programs that allow them, over the course of seven to nine years and from their childhood through their adolescence, to create pieces of theater and other works of art, and to literally travel beyond their known world. In doing so, they acquire experiences that are completely their own, experiences built around the unique possibilities that each of their lives represents.
Gus Rogerson will talk about the work of the organization, how it has evolved, the ways in which it is effective and sustaining, and what we anticipate going forward.