Executive & Artistic Director
Judy Dworin founded the Judy Dworin Performance Project, Inc. (JDPP) in 1989 based on a commitment to the important role the arts can and do play in challenging and creating change in our universe – personal, educational, and global. In addition to her work as Executive Director and Artistic Director of the Ensemble, and helping to build the Moving Matters! Residency Program, Judy conceived and directs the Bridging Boundaries outreach program for those affected by incarceration. This includes an 8-year residency at York Correctional Institution for women in Niantic CT where she and her collaborative team lead a performance residency as well as a Moms and Kids outreach and weekend arts engagement. She also leads a comprehensive in-school and after school program for youth with parents in prison as well as an arts outreach with Trinity College students and women reentering the community from prison affiliated with Hartford’s Resettlement House.
Judy has taught residencies in Bulgaria and Taiwan as well as throughout New England. She is on the Teaching Roster for the State of Connecticut and is the recipient of many awards, the most recent being chosen as an honoree for “Voice and Vision” by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. Her commitment to education has had a forty-two year history at Trinity College, where she established the Dance Program, co-founded the Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts, Semester in New York City, and chaired the Department of Theater and Dance for many years.
She recently contributed a chapter to the book, “Performing New Lives: Prison Theatre”, edited by Jonathan Shailor, and published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers that discusses the initiating JDPP program with the women of York CI that has catalyzed the powerful trajectory of Judy’s work with the incarcerated and their families.