The Apothetae

The Apothetae The Apothetae is a company dedicated to the production of full-length plays about the "Disabled Experience." In his play "The Rules of Charity," the late John Belluso wrote about "the apothetae," a chasm in Ancient Greece where disabled and deformed infants were thrown away.
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I knew John and had the pleasure to perform in "The Rules Of Charity" Off-Broadway in 2007. Every night during performance I listened as the character of Monty said that, disabled people have no collective history because from the dawn of time they weren't allowed to have a history. I was moved by these words- and also saddened- because I knew John had hit upon an unsettling truth. Since that prod

I knew John and had the pleasure to perform in "The Rules Of Charity" Off-Broadway in 2007. Every night during performance I listened as the character of Monty said that, disabled people have no collective history because from the dawn of time they weren't allowed to have a history. I was moved by these words- and also saddened- because I knew John had hit upon an unsettling truth. Since that prod

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Our friends at Queens Theatre are now accepting applications for their Theatre For All (TFA) Training program 2021! Now ...
05/17/2021
Theatre for All Training Program 2021 | Queens Theatre

Our friends at Queens Theatre are now accepting applications for their Theatre For All (TFA) Training program 2021! Now in its fourth year, this is a FREE two-week acting training program for Deaf/Disabled at all levels of their careers.

https://queenstheatre.org/theatre-for-all-training-program-2021/

Queens Theatre is proud to present the fourth year of its Theatre for All Training Program, taking place in June 2020. Due to the coronavirus, this year's workshops and events will be hosted virtually by Queens Theatre. Applications are due by Friday, May 28, 2021 at 12 pm EST.

Last week American Theatre magazine released an issue dedicated to Disability and Theatre. Apothetae/Lark Fellow Drewcel...
03/30/2021
The How and the What: Access, Justice, and Disability Aesthetic

Last week American Theatre magazine released an issue dedicated to Disability and Theatre. Apothetae/Lark Fellow Drewcella (Oya Mae) Davis joined a roundtable of theatremakers to talk about their work, how they make it, and models for inclusive spaces for both artists and audiences.

"I do not think there is a disability aesthetic right now. I definitely think it is something that needs to be created. My hope with it being created is that everybody is being taken care of. That we are taking care of each other, and that the word intersectionality is used a lot through it. I think it is so important to put the poor as well as Black and POC people at the forefront of it. I think those specific experiences have not really been told and need to be told."

https://www.americantheatre.org/2021/03/26/the-how-and-the-what-access-justice-and-the-disability-aesthetic/

A roundtable of theatremakers talk about their work, how they make it, and models for inclusive spaces for both artists and audiences.

Congratulations to Apothetae/Lark Fellow Tim J. Lord (2017-2019) on his recent commission from the Geva Theatre Center's...
03/26/2021
Geva Theatre Center Announces Tenacious Women Commissions

Congratulations to Apothetae/Lark Fellow Tim J. Lord (2017-2019) on his recent commission from the Geva Theatre Center's "Tenacious Women" New Works Initiative!

"ROCHESTER, N.Y.: Geva Theatre Center has announced the Tenacious Women new works initiative, a commission inspired by the Rochester Museum & Science Center’s exhibit The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World. Geva has commissioned 25 playwrights to write short pieces focused on one or more featured women of their choosing."

https://www.americantheatre.org/2021/03/24/geva-theatre-center-announces-tenacious-women-commissions/

Geva has commissioned 29 writers to pen works about historical women of Rochester.

American Theatre magazine's March Issue is dedicated to Disability & Theatre. Thanks to all who contributed and made thi...
03/26/2021
AMERICAN THEATRE

American Theatre magazine's March Issue is dedicated to Disability & Theatre. Thanks to all who contributed and made this possible!

https://www.americantheatre.org/

The national magazine for the American not-for-profit theatre

Congratulations to Apothetae/Lark Fellow Drewcella Davis (2020-2022) on their recent receipt of the Unsettling Dramaturg...
03/26/2021

Congratulations to Apothetae/Lark Fellow Drewcella Davis (2020-2022) on their recent receipt of the Unsettling Dramaturgy Award!

"This award is the Unsettling Dramaturgy Colloquium’s response to anti-Black racism and the intersecting systemic oppressions and exclusions that shape our performance arts ecologies. This award is an expression of our alignment with movements like Black Lives Matter. The Unsettling Dramaturgy Award includes: a cash gift; web features of the recipient’s work; an online event with awarded artists, being produced for the public in collaboration with HowlRound in later 2021."
http://unsettlingdramaturgy.com/awards

Congratulations to Apothetae/Lark Fellow Drewcella Davis (2020-2022) on their recent receipt of the Unsettling Dramaturgy Award!

"This award is the Unsettling Dramaturgy Colloquium’s response to anti-Black racism and the intersecting systemic oppressions and exclusions that shape our performance arts ecologies. This award is an expression of our alignment with movements like Black Lives Matter. The Unsettling Dramaturgy Award includes: a cash gift; web features of the recipient’s work; an online event with awarded artists, being produced for the public in collaboration with HowlRound in later 2021."
http://unsettlingdramaturgy.com/awards

So many great perspectives and experiences in this American Theatre magazine article from theatre professionals across t...
03/11/2021
Where the Year Went: A Look Back, and Forward

So many great perspectives and experiences in this American Theatre magazine article from theatre professionals across the country including Apothetae/Lark fellow Tim J. Lord..."As for me and my work, I think it’s too early yet to look back and sum up any lessons I’ve learned or perspectives I’ve gained. Spring is on the horizon, but there’s still ice on the ground, so I’m keeping my eyes on the slippery spots I still have to navigate. But I know what I miss. I know what I’m yearning for. I know what I want to do as a theatremaker. And I can’t wait to get back to work with you all."

https://www.americantheatre.org/2021/03/11/where-the-year-went-a-look-back-and-forward/

We asked dozens of theatre folks about an alternately disorienting and clarifying 12 months of closure.

“What happens when playwrights are positioned not at the periphery of producing organizations, but at the center?”....Tu...
03/08/2021
How Sustained Support for Playwrights Impacts Artistry

“What happens when playwrights are positioned not at the periphery of producing organizations, but at the center?”

....Turns out quite a lot, actually...

https://howlround.com/how-sustained-support-playwrights-impacts-artistry

National Playwright Residency Program Evaluation 2020 |Alexis Frasz, Holly SidfordAlexis Frasz and Holly Sidford of Helicon Collaborative share their findings from the most recent assessment of the National Playwright Residency Program.

Cycle 2 of The Apothetae/Lark National Playwriting Fellowship and Initiative is underway! Last week wrapped up The Lark'...
02/08/2021

Cycle 2 of The Apothetae/Lark National Playwriting Fellowship and Initiative is underway! Last week wrapped up The Lark's Winter Writers' Retreat. Six disabled playwrights from around the country gathered virtually to work on new full-length plays. Spaces like this for Deaf/Disabled theatre professionals are all too rare, and absolutely essential. Huge thanks to everyone who made this experience possible!

Pictured from L-R: Kendra Ann Flournoy (Lark), Tim J. Lord (2017-2019 Fellow), Nikki Brake-Silla (2020 Finalist), A.A. Brenner (2020 Finalist), Drewcella Davis (2020-2022 Fellow), Magda Romanska (2017 Finalist), Brian Balcom (Chicago-Based Director/Facilitator) and Jerron Herman (2017 Finalist).

Cycle 2 of The Apothetae/Lark National Playwriting Fellowship and Initiative is underway! Last week wrapped up The Lark's Winter Writers' Retreat. Six disabled playwrights from around the country gathered virtually to work on new full-length plays. Spaces like this for Deaf/Disabled theatre professionals are all too rare, and absolutely essential. Huge thanks to everyone who made this experience possible!

Pictured from L-R: Kendra Ann Flournoy (Lark), Tim J. Lord (2017-2019 Fellow), Nikki Brake-Silla (2020 Finalist), A.A. Brenner (2020 Finalist), Drewcella Davis (2020-2022 Fellow), Magda Romanska (2017 Finalist), Brian Balcom (Chicago-Based Director/Facilitator) and Jerron Herman (2017 Finalist).

"First up, we're shining a spotlight on A.A. Brenner, former Lark Apprentice and Finalist for the 2020-22 Apothetae and ...
02/02/2021
Spotlight On: A.A. Brenner! | The Lark

"First up, we're shining a spotlight on A.A. Brenner, former Lark Apprentice and Finalist for the 2020-22 Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship. A.A. Brenner (they / them) is a playwright, dramaturg, and New Yorker. Their writing blends naturalistic dialogue with heightened realism to explore q***r, Jewish, and disability themes, challenging both societal power structures and theatrical form. Read on for a fun interview to get to know a little about what they are working on, and the music that's moving them these days!"

Get to know one of our Lark community members, A.A. Brenner!

"My first passion was boxing. I’ve always been a fighter. I can’t always fight in the way I used to do, in the ring but ...
01/29/2021
A Closer Look: Meet Drewcella Davis! | The Lark

"My first passion was boxing. I’ve always been a fighter. I can’t always fight in the way I used to do, in the ring but I’ve found that theater provides me a space to allow my characters to continue the fight. When an audience bears witness to that struggle, laughter, rejoicing, and revolutionary love are manifested."
https://www.larktheatre.org/blog/closer-look-drewcella-davis/

"My hope is that we as a theatre community can have longevity with a diverse canon of playwrights and not only use certain voices when it’s the current trend of the political racial climate. "

The next installment of the, "A Place of Exposure" blog series is live- check it out!
10/10/2020
The Lark

The next installment of the, "A Place of Exposure" blog series is live- check it out!

The sixth installment of our blog series A Place of Exposure, curated in partnership with The Apothetae, is now live! Stage Managers Alyssa K Howard and Peter Royston discuss how they imagine the conversations around their craft could grow to become more equitable and inclusive, and hoping these times can teach our field to afford a higher priority to personal health. Read/watch/listen now!

“’CripTales’ brings to our screens a beautiful collection of short films, curated by the incredibly talented Mat Fraser,...
09/15/2020
BBC America to Premiere ‘CripTales’ in October (EXCLUSIVE)

“’CripTales’ brings to our screens a beautiful collection of short films, curated by the incredibly talented Mat Fraser, shining a light on stories that don’t often make it to primetime,” said Courtney Thomasma, executive director of BBC America. “At times hilarious and at others heart-breaking, these monologues exemplify both the diversity of experience among people living with disabilities and the thoroughly relatable dilemmas we all face in life.”

BBC America is set to premiere “CripTales,” a collection of short films from creatives with disabilities, on Oct. 1 at 10 p.m., Variety has learned exclusively. For National Disability …

"Almost every professional of a certain age who is a member of a minority community knows this: It’s exhausting to be th...
08/27/2020
The Actors With Disabilities Redefining Representation

"Almost every professional of a certain age who is a member of a minority community knows this: It’s exhausting to be the only one in the room. To have eyes looking into yours in search of validation of the enlightenment they showed in hiring you; to wonder if you were employed on a kind of barter system that suggests a return payment in gratitude or compliance. And more than exhausting, it’s distracting; sometimes — most of the time — you just want to do the job.”

These performers are creating a new template for the artist-as-activist, challenging their industry — and their audiences — to reconsider what inclusion really means.

08/07/2020

Check it out! Our friends at Theater Breaking Through Barriers are in the midst of their Second Virtual Playmakers' Intensive: Voices from the Great Experiment, scheduled through August 10th on YouTube nightly at 7:30pm or Facebook at 8:15pm, via ZOOM.

The eight original plays represent a diverse chorus within our American culture, newly created by playwrights Fareeda Ahmed, Enrique Huili, Khalil Lesaldo, Monèt Noelle Marshall, Chris Phillips, Tatiana G. Rivera, Christopher Chan Roberson, and Jeff Tabnick exclusively for and rehearsed entirely on the Zoom platform.

Scrounger by Athena Stevens gets some well deserved ink in the NYTIMES. "It’s worth the effort to track (Scrounger) down...
08/05/2020
The (Virtual) Theatrical Fringe Moves Front and Center

Scrounger by Athena Stevens gets some well deserved ink in the NYTIMES. "It’s worth the effort to track (Scrounger) down because (it is) doing the important work that the avant-garde has always done, only now on your computer and often for free...push(ing) theater toward new content and forms."

Expanding content and experimenting with form, the avant-garde finds a congenial new home online, as two recent offerings demonstrate.

Directors, Brian Balcom and Evan T. Cummings discuss their craft in the latest installment from the "A Place of Exposure...
07/27/2020
Directing and Disability | The Lark

Directors, Brian Balcom and Evan T. Cummings discuss their craft in the latest installment from the "A Place of Exposure" blog series: On Directing and Disability. Enjoy.

Brian Balcom: I mean I understand the desire to not feel like you are pigeon-holed as the Disabled director who does Disabled theater right and tells Disabled stories because we want to be called upon or thought of as a director who is versatile, who can tell different stories of different genres. I understand that.
Evan T. Cummings: But we also want to get work.

"...those roles really didn’t interest me very much, or there just wasn’t any opportunity on live stages. I figure that if I wanted to continue with theater, I needed to find a different outlet."

We ♥️ ADAHAPPY ANNIVERSARY #ADA30
07/26/2020

We ♥️ ADA
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY #ADA30

"I know when I’m sitting down to write, I’m helping establish a canon. We don’t have a set of tried and true classics th...
06/16/2020
Athena Stevens on Box-Ticking & Narrative Control | The Lark

"I know when I’m sitting down to write, I’m helping establish a canon. We don’t have a set of tried and true classics that have been written by individuals with disabilities. I want to write work that has a strong enough story to last because its portrayal of the human condition transcends disability. That means I have to use disability to push the form forward, not just for the sake of ticking a box. I use disability a lot to raise the stakes of a situation. I play a lot with making the audience very uncomfortable with themselves by forcing them to question 'can this actor pull this off without killing themselves?'"

"I really struggled as a writer and a performer who happened to have a disability to get professionals to see me as simply a writer and performer."

Dear friend, mentor, teacher and human being extraordinaire, Kristin Linklater will be laid to rest today:"Now boast the...
06/11/2020

Dear friend, mentor, teacher and human being extraordinaire, Kristin Linklater will be laid to rest today:
"Now boast thee, Death, in thy possession lies
A lass unparalleled"

The deadline for The Apothetae & Lark Playwriting Fellowship has been extended to June 30th! More details on the Lark we...
06/10/2020
Submit a Play | The Lark

The deadline for The Apothetae & Lark Playwriting Fellowship has been extended to June 30th! More details on the Lark website!

"The Lark has created a place the imaginative world that is theater is allowed its complete breadth. They support development with passion I've not seen matched."

06/02/2020

"There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives."
-Audre Lorde

"And look you get a prayer-book in your hand,And stand betwixt two churchmen, good my lord""And thus I clothe my naked v...
06/02/2020

"And look you get a prayer-book in your hand,
And stand betwixt two churchmen, good my lord"

"And thus I clothe my naked villany
With old odd ends stolen out of holy writ;
And seem a saint, when most I play the devil."

Act III, Scene 7: Richard III

Check out the work our friends at Theater Breaking Through Barriers are up to!
05/27/2020

Check out the work our friends at Theater Breaking Through Barriers are up to!

Hey TBTB fans! Please check out more details about our first Virtual Playmakers' Intensive happening next week. Make sure to tune in every night at 7:30 pm on Facebook or Youtube from Monday 5/25/20-Sunday 5/31/20! We hope to see you all there!

05/27/2020
The Lark

Apply for The Apothetae & Lark Playwriting Fellowship that supports a Deaf/Disabled writer! Links below. Deadline is JUNE 15th, 2020!!!

Last May, Tim J. Lord (2017-19 The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellow) and the beautiful cast presented a workshop production of Tim's play On Every Link a Heart Does Dangle; or Owed at The Lark's BareBones® program. These special moments we share are the moments we keep forever!!!

Want to create more special moments like this? Don't forget to apply for the #Apothetae & Lark Playwriting Fellowship that supports a Deaf/Disabled writer! Deadline is JUNE 15th, 2020!!!

https://www.larktheatre.org/get-involved/submit-play/#Apothetae

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The cast and playwright (Tim J. Lord) taking a bow and clapping hands at the end of the workshop production of On Every Link a Heart Does Dangle; or Owed.

05/17/2020
The Lark

The deadline for submissions to The Apothetae and The Lark Playwriting Fellowship is less than ONE MONTH AWAY! More details below...

Submissions for The Apothetae and The Lark Playwriting Fellowship are due less than ONE MONTH AWAY!

The program provides a two-year residency for a Deaf/Disabled writer, a cash award of $40,000, a $5,000 Opportunity Fund for project-related expenses, and control over a $10,000 Production Enhancement Fund.
Applications will be accepted through June 15, 2020!

The fellowship is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, Ford Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, and Jeffrey Steinman and Jody Falco. #TheApothetae

TO APPLY: https://www.larktheatre.org/get-involved/submit-play/#Apothetae

****Photos from the Slideshow****:
Photo 1. Three female attendees of The Apothetae and Lark Convening, at The Lark’s Barebones Studio. Text reads “The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship”
Photo 2. A projection screen that features a black-and-white photo of Lloyd Suh (on the left) and Gregg Mozgala (on the right) holding microphones. Text reads: “The Lark has partnered with The Apothetae to advocate for Disabled artists since 2015”
Photo 3. Playwright Tim J. Lord and actors rehearsing for Tim’s play On Every Link a Heart Does Dangle; or Owed at The Lark’s Barebones Studio. Text reads: “The first-round Apothetae & Lark Playwriting Fellow was Tim J. Lord”
Photo 4. Playwright Tim J. Lord and actors including Andy Lucien and Jasmin Walker rehearsing for Tim’s play On Every Link a Heart Does Dangle; or Owed at The Lark’s Barebones Studio. Text reads: “The support that comes from a place like The Lark, I felt like a rockstar.”
Photo 5. Lloyd Suh, Gregg Mozgala, and Krista Williams at The Apothetae and Lark Convening. Text reads: “SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN for the 2nd Round of the Apothetae & Lark Playwriting Fellowship for a Deaf/Disabled Writer.”
Photo 6. Playwright Tim J. Lord and other attendees of The Apothetae and Lark Convening. The text reads: The fellow receives: Two year residency, $40,000 prize, $5,000 opportunity fund, $10,000 production enhancement fund.
Photo 7. Attendees of The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship Launch Party at The Time Warner Center. Text reads: “Up to two Finalists will each receive a $5,000 honorarium”
Photo 8. Gregg Mozgala speaking at The Apothetae and Lark Convening in September 2017. Text reads: “'I believe Theater offers one of the greatest venues for perceptions about Disability to change.' - Gregg Mozgala Artistic Director The Apothetae"
Photo 9. The Apothetae and Lark Convening. Text reads: “Apply by June 15, 2020”

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The Apothetae was founded by critically acclaimed actor and playwright, Gregg Mozgala. While pursuing his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Boston University, he studied modern American drama and was exposed to the works of Tina Howe, Tony Kushner, August Wilson, David Henry Hwang, Jose Rivera and many others. These writers came from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds but all of them had one thing in common; they were all using theatre as a venue to share their unique personal and collective experience(s) with a larger audience. He was struck by the fact that in the late twentieth century, decades after the Civil Rights Movement and several years after the passing of the Americans With Disabilities Act, he did not know of a single disabled playwright; nor had he seen a theatre piece or film (with the exception of "My Left Foot"), that accurately reflected his personal experience as a person with a disability. Ever since that realization, he has committed my artistic life to changing this through his art. The Apothetae is an "experiment." The hypothesis: By collaborating with talented theatre professionals from New York City and throughout the United States (and hey, why not the world?), can the "Disabled Experience" be more sincerely and accurately reflected on stage and act as a vehicle for social change. We have just started and we are off to a great start. We have four fantastically talented playwrights committed to writing new full-length plays. We are going to the Kennedy Center later this Summer to workshop those plays and we already have a production planned for June 2013 with Dixon Place Theatre right here in NYC. It's all on this website which we hope you will check out and enjoy. The company is in its beginning stages but we very much look forward to sharing its growth, our experience and work with you.

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I'm looking for actors with different disabilities for a screenplay I've written. It's about the struggles and triumphs of 6 friends with different disabilities. 3 of the characters use wheelchairs, 2 are deaf, (one with a chochlear implant that signs and one without a cochlear implant and one who has a severe brain injury) The script is 90 pages, but it's a very quick read. Any actors who are interested in reading the script please reply to this post. Thanks!