“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


She Speaks Her Peace

In this 90-minute compilation, JDPP leads audiences on a journey marked by 30 years of artistic milestones. It is a story about seeking justice, inspiring courage, and cultivating a more harmonious way of being. Signature repertory pieces such as Tub, Body Body, and Rains are re-envisioned alongside highlights from prison performances and newly staged work to create an unforgettable experience of dance, song, and spoken word. For information on bringing this piece to your venue, please contact Robyn Genzano, Director of Operations and Community Engagement, at 860-527-9800 x 9802.




(US)

(US) brings the artist’s eye to examine the fears and hopes of the American immigrant experience. The performance moves from Arrival, to Walls, and finally Sanctuary through dance, multimedia visuals, and a layered sound score that incorporates music, poetry, and voices from the immigrant community. For information on bringing this piece to your venue, please contact Robyn Genzano, Director of Operations and Community Engagement, at 860-527-9800 x 9802.




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.




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