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2018 Annual Report

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What a good year 2018 has been!

ID Studio Theater is excited to report a year of strong organizational and artistic growth and productivity. Highlights include the production of two award-winning plays in Spanish—Pedro Infante: Cien Años Pienso en Ti and El Cielo y El Dolor, a bilingual summer arts camp for South Bronx youth “Fábrica de Sueños,” through which neighborhood children created public art and a multidisciplinary performance piece and the launch of our Community Building Theater Program, a weekly community theater workshop with a mission to build community and form audiences through innovative and cultural theater workshops.

In addition to drawing diverse audiences from the South Bronx/NYC Latinx community; Pedro Infante toured in Mexico and in the Hudson Valley near Kingston and Rhinebeck, drawing in the Latino immigrant community from that area. Nelson Celis also presented El Cielo y El Dolor in Colombia in the Fall, and will bring it to Spain and Poland in the spring.

With NEA support, our bilingual summer arts camp “Fábrica de Sueños,” South Bronx neighborhood children created public art and a multidisciplinary performance piece at a local community park. Some of the children from the summer arts camp have gone on to act in an adapted version of our annual Christmas pageant El Pesebre, supported by a grant from the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.

Through the Bronx Yankee Fund, our Community Building Theater Program, a weekly theater workshop for intergenerational community members culminating in the production of an original play Two-Boro Bridge, with workshops to continue into 2019 with support from NYSCA’s Special Arts Services.

Meanwhile through NYC’s SU CASA initiative we ran “Cumbia for All” music, dance and theater workshops at a Bronx Senior Center, while also hosting music and dance workshops and intensives for youth at ID Studio. Lastly, we continued and expanded our commitment to hosting monthly Viernes de Poésia y Bronx poetry readings and Friday Film Fiesta screenings, and to inviting neighborhood arts and social service groups to use ID Studio as an incubator for their projects, including the talented slam poetry team Project X and the body consciousness group Live Big Girls. We also benefited from the advice of three consultants under a grant from the Hispanic Federation.