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The Ensemble

The Ensemble inspires change through innovative, movement-based, multi-arts performance on stage that examines social and personal issues of our time.

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Moving Matters!

The Moving Matters! Residency Program brings movement-based multi-arts residencies into schools and educational institutions through collaborative multi-arts projects designed to be age appropriate (Grades 1- high school).

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Bridging Boundaries

The Bridging Boundaries Arts Intervention Program uses arts intervention coupled with social work, to bridge the forced separations of populations affected by incarceration.

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ON STAGE & IN THE NEWS

‘Brave’ Performer Kathy Wyatt Interviewed by the Willimantic Chronicle!

A brave performance—Former addict uses poetry to help others

By MICHELLE FIRESTONE, Chronicle Staff Writer

WILLIMANTIC/WILLINGTON — In 2000, Kathy Wyatt entered jail after being convicted of second-degree manslaughter. At the time, she was addicted to prescription pills and alcohol. After hitting rock bottom, times have changed for the better for Wyatt — big time. The 56-year-old Willington resident is now sober and helping people as a recovery specialist at the Willimantic office of United Services.

On Thursday, she will use her gift of poetry to help inspire others. Wyatt will perform her spoken-word poetry during a program titled “Brave in a New World” at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts theater at 359 Washington St., Hartford. The performance, which was put together by the Judy Dworin Performance Project, begins at 7:30 p.m. The program will feature songs, poetry and dancing. Read more

Huge News for JDPP!

Judy Dworin Performance Project has been selected as 1 of only 6 organizations nationwide to receive a Creativity Connects: National Demonstration Projects grant award! This is a special initiative undertaken by the Mid-America Arts Alliance and other US Regional Arts Organizations (RAOs) through generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This initiative, part of the NEA’s 50th anniversary celebration, investigates the ways in which the arts can connect with other sectors, including education, healthcare, social justice, and the like, that want and utilize creativity. The grantees, selected from each of the six US regional arts organizations—Arts Midwest, M-AAA, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, South Arts, and the Western States Arts Federation, promote collaboration, experimentation, and overall growth in their individual communities. Read more

Brave in a New World Premiere!

Our premiere of Brave in a New World is only days away and tickets are selling quickly! We can’t wait to see you on Thursday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts—Theater of the Performing Arts with free and secure parking connected to the building! Located at 359 Washington St., Hartford.

Also we have a limited number of tickets to our pre-show reception! Beginning at 6:00 p.m. the reception will feature author Randall Horton, author of Hook. Guests will receive a signed copy of his book and refreshments. Tickets can be purchased here, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2540723

What People Are Saying

Henry Timms
Founder of #GivingTuesday
“Judy Dworin Performance Project uses the arts to rehumanize people…& remember those forgotten.”

Governor Dannel P. Malloy
Governor of Connecticut
After Governor Malloy attended the performance of Windows at York CI with First Lady and Greater Hartford Arts Council Executive Director Cathy Malloy, the Governor acknowledged the women for their courage in sharing their stories and concluded by saying that ” …in your writings, in your speech, in your dance, in your overall performance–you reflect the humanity that is within each of you and within a broader society…congratulations on your success in this performance…and thank you, Judy (Dworin).”

Sharma Howard
Hartford Courant
“In some ways, Dworin represents the Connecticut dance scene today, sailing in many different directions, finding voice and purpose in uncharted territory.”

Carol Terry
Director of the Greater Hartford Dance Umbrella
Tonight’s performance of The Witching Hour was truly exceptional. You all reminded us that dance is ephemeral unless we keep doing it..….The audience was captivated, holding its breath for the next movement of dancers in this new space, seamlessly breathing together and each breath and movement contributed meaningfully to the telling of this story. And we all breathed in the spoken and sung words as part of the magic of movement. Read more