Teaching Artist in Residence (TAIR)


a guided tour through the struggle for inclusion
Saturday, June 13th at 8:00 pm and Sunday, June 14 at 4:00 pm
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BAX Invites YOU to “Act Like You Care”

Brooklyn Arts Exchange is seeking young artists, ages 13 to 18, to be part of an exciting, new, collaborative theater project that explores the issues affecting our communities and world, and looks at specific ways the arts can help to address them. We’re looking for creative, young artists interested in any and all aspects of performance including: playwriting, acting, music, spoken word and interactive audience experience. This project is part of BAX’s new Teaching Artist in Residence (TAIR) program, facilitated by Daniel Carlton, an award winning actor and social justice playwright, and BAX’s inaugural TAIR.

This Project Is Open To EVERYONE. Are You…

• A performer that wants to explore theater about community issues?
• An artist that wants to learn how to create original, collaborative performance?
• An activist or community worker that wants to see how arts and theater can help?


Here’s How It Works:

Sign up for ONE of the October / November recruitment workshops (see below) where we’ll look at the social issues that are on our minds and start to learn how to put them on stage. This workshop is open and useful for everyone – even those who don’t want to continue with the project. You will gain valuable tools for creating, structuring and performing original scenes from real world experiences. And the ideas we focus on will be the inspiration for the final performance project to be presented in the BAX Theater in June 2015.

After the recruitment workshop, you will be notified about next steps to stay involved in the project. This includes ONE orientation session on December 7th to meet the rest of the youth-artists. That is followed by a winter workshop series from January through March 2015, which will generate the foundation of the final project material through improvisation, writing and research in collaboration with local organizations connected to the actual issues we decide to work on. Imagine a project about neighborhood gentrification created in partnership with the Crown Heights Tenant Union and Housing is a Human Right. Or think about working on a project on climate change with actual members of 360.org and the Department of Environmental Protection.

Ultimately, you may be invited to be a part of the performance ensemble and participate in the April to June 2015 rehearsal period. Together, this ensemble we’ll finalize the script and performance, which will be premiered in the BAX Theater over the June 13/14th weekend, which will be open to the public and media.

How You Get Involved:

If you are interested or curious, then come to the December 7th Workshop where we will:

  • Learn basic improvisation
  • Play games to share our experiences and stories
  • Learn how to turn those stories into performance scenes of all types
  • Brainstorm a world of a play around those scenes

Even if you can’t be part of the project, this workshop will be fun and valuable. You’ll make new friends, learn new skills and add your voice to this important conversation. SO SIGN UP NOW: Sun December 7th at 11:00-1:30pm at BAX: 421 5th Avenue

Send an email to TAIR@bax.org with the subject line “Act Like You Care” and include:

  • Your name
  • Your email
  • The email of a parent or guardian
  • The date of the workshop you want to attend
  • One thing you think is relevant for us to know about you. This can be something in your creative work, social activism or personal experience.
  • How did you hear about the project?

About This Project:

Join professional theater artist, activist, and BAX Teaching Artist in Residence, Daniel Carlton, in developing an original performance piece for production in the BAX Theater (Spring 2015). This piece will explore issues affecting our communities and world, and how the arts can help to address them. Our collaborative creative process will include a new approach to arts based leadership and will create a new experience for artists, community members and audiences. Young artists will decide the social issues that will make up the theme of the project. They will then work together with arts experts, activists and advocates in those issues to create a performance that will engage the public in a real conversation about the needs of those organizations as well as the actions and policies needed to support them. Participants will gain valuable performance and community engagement skills, gain networking experience and contacts, and build meaningful, professional artistic content for their own artist portfolios.


Daniel Carlton (Performance | Theater)
2014 TAIR Recipient

Daniel Carlton is a theater artist and educator working at the intersection of performance, research and civic practice. He is interested in the ways that collaboration, improvisation and reflection can open new pathways, integrate new perspectives and shine light on hidden barriers to progress on crucial dialogues. An award-winning performer, he has appeared on professional stages in over 35 states and four countries. His work as a playwright and director has helped share real life stories about the impacts of free trade and migration on communities at home and abroad. As an educator, he has created and facilitated arts and project-based curriculum for schools and cultural institutions around the world. He is unbelievably excited to be supporting the growth and development of the youth, the resident artists and the programs of the Brooklyn Arts Exchange.

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