The explicit goal of the research trip that the ATC Youth Ensemble takes every year is to follow in the footsteps of documentary playwrights to learn more about the play they produce each summer. This summer they portrayed characters in the documentary musical “This Beautiful City”, written by the Civilians.
Grace Cannon is a theater artist and educator living in Big Horn, WY. She graduated from Vassar College with a major in American Culture and minor in German Studies. After volunteering for a year through AmeriCorps and studying in Berlin with a Fulbright Fellowship, Grace began working with American Theater Company eventually assistant directing under PJ Paparelli on the production of the original documentary play "The Project(s)." She has directed staged readings and in short play festivals in Chicago. Grace is a great believer in the power of documentary theater. Her passion for the form began when she formed No Fog West Theater Company to produce "The Laramie Project" and "Talking to Terrorists" in Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho. It has been solidified in her work in the New Play and Education departments of American Theater Company in Chicago.
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