In this essay, the members of the Remember2019 Collective, Arielle Julia Brown, Ashley Teague, Carlos Sirah, Mauricio Tafur Salgado and Yazmany Arboleda, talk about their eight-year durational, grassroots engagement with the Black community of the Arkansas Delta.
Teague is the founding artistic director of Notch Theatre Company and recipient of the Embark Fellowship Award for Social Innovation in Entrepreneurship. Notch creates community-responsive theatre to drive change around the pressing issues of our time, offering communities nationwide a platform to tell their real stories on stage and be their own change makers. Notch is currently producing Wild Home, which takes an odyssey across rural America using theatre to tell personal stories about threatened wilderness spaces and the communities that depend on them. Teague is a participating partner on Remember2019--an effort to make space for the congregation of the Black communities in the Arkansas Detla, supporting and facilitating local practices of self-determination, memory, and reflection as directly related to the lasting effects of racial terror, and the current and future health of these communities. Teague/Notch co-developed FIT, a play by Gwen Kingston about the 20th century American eugenics movement that partners with the Intellectual Disability community. While with Cornerstone Theater Company, Teague produced Talk It Out, which travels California creating community-engaged theater aimed at changing public policy around the school-to-prison pipeline crisis. Teague's work has been featured on Monument Lab, Broadway World, OnStage Blog, in N Magazine, Medium, the Huff Post, and by the US Department of Arts and Culture. Teague's work has received numerous awards including Broadway World awards for Best Director/Choreographer, Best Musical and Best Ensemble Cast, to name a few. www.ashteague.com, www.notchtheatre.org
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