“Art and social justice are powerful allies, and this is as good an example as I’ve ever seen”

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The JDPP Ensemble enriches public dialogue and awareness of social justice through innovative movement-based, multi-arts performance.

The Ensemble is a collaborative team of seven performers under the artistic direction of Judy Dworin and Associate Artistic Director Kathy Borteck Gersten.

The company’s award-winning work has been seen at:

  • La MaMa E.T.C. and Dia Center for the Arts (Joyce Soho) (New York, NY)
  • The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
  • Baltimore Theatre Project
  • The National Theater in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center and Mobius (Boston, MA)
  • Cleveland Arts Center
  • KO Festival in Amherst, MA
  • Aetna Theater and Hartford Stage
  • Throughout New England at colleges and universities, prisons, and inner-city schools

Current Repertory

How It Is

In a powerful and moving mix of narrative, song and dance, How It Is humanizes the challenges of incarceration and reentry. Performed by the Ensemble with formerly incarcerated guest artists, this ambitious work is an outgrowth of JDPP’s work in two of Connecticut’s correctional institutions.


This provocative full-evening piece uses dance, visual imagery and a layered sound score to explore the tensions that surround immigration and our country’s foundational tenets of inclusiveness, diversity and free speech. (US) ultimately affirms what it is and can be to live in America. (October 2018 premiere)

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Judy Dworin Performance Project, Inc. is a 501c(3) organization.