Judy Dworin Performance Project is an award-winning organization whose work on stage, in schools and in prison communities sparks awareness about social issues and provides compelling experiences through multi-arts performance and residencies in the community.
Judy Dworin Performance Project (JDPP) is an arts non-profit based in Hartford, CT, founded by Judy Dworin in 1989. JDPP is an organization of professional artists who—on stage, in schools, in prisons and in the community—innovate, inspire, educate and collaborate. JDPP harnesses the arts as a powerful catalyst for creative expression through performance, community building and positive change.
JDPP reaches out to its audiences and residency participants through arts engagement that reminds us of our collective humanity. JDPP sees its role in the community as further building a diverse and innovative cultural mix of offerings at the highest professional level and giving voice to populations who have been silent or unheard. A primary focus of the organization is to serve underserved populations. In 2010, JDPP was awarded the Hartford Courant Tapestry Award in recognition of the organization’s commitment to diversity and building bridges in the community.
JDPP is the home for three distinct programmatic offerings. The Ensemble inspires change through innovative, movement-based, multi-arts performance on stage that examines social and personal issues of our time; the Moving Matters! Residency Program brings dance/theater into schools through collaborative projects and arts education programs that explore movement and the creative arts as tools for learning and personal growth; and the Bridging Boundaries Arts Intervention Program couples arts intervention with social work, to bridge the forced separations of populations affected by incarceration.