Is the experience…
We create supported spaces for collective imagining to generate new narratives. We do this work with and within community, believing that storytelling and the performing arts bring to light our built-in tools for transformation. Both an EDUCATIONAL service pROVIDER and A production company, we work in tandem with communities, schools, and partnering organizations to stage participatory projects in a variety of settings.
The workshops we facilitate are for crews of all ages. This is where we build work together. This is where we generate new narratives in community.
We love learning, collaboration, and team-building. Bring us to your school, cultural institution, or faith community workshops or residencies.
The work can come to you. Bring us to your site, organization, or community to build a team and support or create a community-based project.
At the heart of it, we are lo-fi production company! We bring people together in creative ways and then like to make a big spectacle of it.
As artists and educators, In Tandem Arts is committed to racial justice, economic justice, and anti-oppression in our schools, communities, and society at large. All of our programs are relationship-based and prioritize collaboration, community-building, and inclusion over a final product. Therefore, the work is not easy, it requires patience and willingness to embrace the unknown. We are indebted to and extend gratitude to the black and indigenous visionaries that have set an enduring example of how to stay with the work for the long game.
what we create
programs & workshops
With a hands-on, team-centered approach, ITA applies storytelling and the performing arts to co-create with and within community. We do not create art that sets us apart ─ we do not create art where the most talented shine. We create art that galvanizes collective vision. Put simply … we make projects that build connections! Our workshops are designed to serve intergenerational cohorts; inclusive of learners from primary school to adult.
Productions & Events
Prioritizing participatory events, ITA facilitates the creation of performative works in small batches. We do not gather in traditional performing arts models of crowds and spectacle. We gather to see each other. Bolstering community and cultural bonds with powerful combinations of storytelling, music, performing and visual arts, our artists are problem-solvers that work with available resources to realize meaningful productions.
In this new reality, where technology mediates our lives more than ever, shared space has been limited, and fearful narratives proliferate, ITA creates supported spaces for collective imagining. These spaces are in schools, parks, neighborhoods, and public institutions ─ shared spaces to serve as common ground. We invite communities to use our services to enhance existing curriculum, programming, festivals, or events.
12 YEARS IN EDUCATION
Our education programs draw from many years of on-the-ground experience working with young people, arts educators, arts organizations, classroom educators, families, community members, and scholars. Our approach combines influences from École internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Ping Chong Training Institute, Telling My Story, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Vermont Folklife Center, & more.
“I just have to say how much I totally and thoroughly enjoyed the show last night. It was truly a unique experience as a parent and audience member. I felt so proud of each and every student, from the tiniest to the shyest to the largest and the most robust. I could get a sense of each one of their creative personalities, as they performed in their own style and were invested in their own creativity. I loved the simplicity of the set and costumes, and the music and props were perfect. It was the kids that shone in the lime light. Each of them!” -> Ruth Brooke, Pomfret