ATLANTA: Dad’s Garage theatre company has announced a new collaboration with Artist-in-Residency Serenbe (AIR Serenbe), which provides artists the chance to develop new projects. These week-long residencies are designed to give Dad’s Garage artists room create work they may not have been able to otherwise.
“AIR Serenbe is excited for this partnership with Dad’s Garage to nurture these critical moments of imagination with these talented creatives, and to share their work with the greater community,” said AIR Serenbe programming director Michael Bettis in a statement.
Each of the artists will participate in a week-long residency, staying in a cabin on the AIR Serenbe property. The public will get the opportunity to interact with the artists during “Speaking On Making” events, where artists host discussions about their work. More information on these dates will be available in October, closer to the scheduled residencies.
“We like to call Dad’s Garage a ‘launchpad for creative careers,’ and this program represents a new and impactful way to help our artists get the experience and exposure they need to grow professionally,” said Dad’s Garage communications director Matthew Terrell in a statement.
Artists include Jayme Alilaw, a professional opera singer, who will write the libretto for a new opera piece about issues of social justice and racial equity; Tara Ochs, an advocate for nonviolence as a means for overcoming conflict, who is developing a curriculum combining conflict mediation and improv to guide communities in creatively addressing hard conversations and local conflicts; Matt Hobbs, creator of the Instagram channel @PuppySongs, who will work on growing and expanding his catalog of songs about puppies, and transitioning his Instagram work into a larger artistic project; Ron Emile, who is working on How to Hurt Everyone That Has Ever Loved You, a mixed-media coming-of-age story about a tumultuous path to redemption, told through the most important relationships in the protagonist’s life; and Andy Coen, a writer at Cartoon Network and Adult Swim who is working on pitch for a new show about nerdy, out-of-shape suburban people with dreams of being samurai.
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