“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.


(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. This piece returns to Hartford on March 14, visit https://tinyurl.com/USticketsJDPP for tickets. Complimentary tickets are available to organizations serving new arrivals. For information, please contact Robyn Genzano, Director of Operations and Community Engagement, at 860-527-9800 x 9802.

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