The Foundry is delighted to announce that in January 2021 it welcomes community centered artmaker, dramaturg, playwright, poet and performer Micah Rosegrant for a month-long residency at its performing arts space and incubator for new work in the center of West Stockbridge, MA.
Listed as one of “13 Theater Workers You Should Know” in 2021 by the American Theatre Magazine, Micah currently serves as an Artist in Community fellow at Arts Connect International in Dorchester, MA where they support the Cultural Equity Learning Community (CELC) while cultivating programs that center healing by and for Black, Indigenous, and other people of color.
The Co-Founder of Asian American Theater Artists of Boston (AATAB), Micah has created theatre at places such as Arena Stage, MaArte Theatre Collective, Central Square Theater, Sparkhaven Theatre, Fresh Ink Theatre, and Boston University (BU) School of Theatre. Interweaving ritual and poetry with visual mediums, Micah’s residency in West Stockbridge will seed and grow artworks that imagine us towards liberation for trans and queer people.
Activating memory as a site for intergenerational healing and justice, Micah also questions how art and knowledge can translate and be accessed via different digital mediums. Their process during their residency will be shared through a variety of digital mediums including videos, livestreams and “fireside chats” into which the community will be invited.
Since opening its doors in early 2019, the Foundry has hosted over 75 live performances and events serving dozens of emerging and established musicians, playwrights, dancers, actors, film makers and multi-media artists and welcoming hundreds of members of the community for conversations, exhibitions and gatherings. Like many performing arts venues, the impact of COVID has been devastating, but the Foundry has demonstrated resilience, pivoting to small, socially distanced outdoor programming in the summer months and shifting to online streaming events in the winter.
This residency with Micah reaffirms the Foundry’s mission to present relevant performing and visual art that is accessible for diverse audiences; art that connects, inspires and incites to leap across cultural boundaries.
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