We hope you are enjoying this early Spring and getting to spend some time outside. Theater in Asylum has just begun talking about in-person events, especially ones that can be held outdoors. We are so eager and excited for the year ahead!
Coming up this week is another Civics Happy Hour, this time focusing on NYC’s Comptroller, Public Advocate, and Borough President. This is our fourth event for The Debates 2021, for which we are also hiring! If you know of a video designer who might be interested in working with us, please let us know!
Thank you again for all your support. We hope to see you soon!
Peace, power, and love to you,
Paul, Katie, Kathryn, and Hilarie
Theater in Asylum
Theater in Asylum is seeking a video designer for The Debates 2021.
About Theater in Asylum
Theater in Asylum (TIA) is a New York-based theater company founded in 2010 to challenge and empower our community. TIA joyfully pursues rigorous research and an ensemble-driven approach to theater-making. We create performances to investigate our past, interpret our present, and imagine our future. We prize space to process, space to question—asylum—for ourselves and our community.
Core programs include original productions; themed cabarets, presenting new work from our community; and Cold Readings, a program to read and discuss published plays.
Community is of utmost importance to Theater in Asylum and some of our strategies for community safety and empowerment may be found here.
About The Debates
The Debates 2021 will be our fourth iteration of The Debates. While in 2016 and 2020 we focused on the presidential races, this year we turn to New York City’s Democratic primaries and the conversation around what we want our city to be. New Yorkers will soon elect a new mayor, comptroller, and many city council members. As in past years, we will host many events including debate watch parties, political analysis meetings, scripting sessions, and finally rehearsals and a performance. Our process will culminate with a get-out-the-vote effort before the NYC primary on June 22, 2021.
What does The Debates actually look like? The show aims to tell the story of the election and illuminate the candidates clearly and accessibly, breaking down the political speech and spin. Some scenes are mimicked reproductions of moments on the campaign trail, while other scenes are invented, providing context or exploring the history of a policy position. We hope that our process and show will demystify the candidates and issues, ultimately emboldening the voter. With our unique blend of mimicry, abstraction, and earnest curiosity, we seek to illuminate the candidates and the issues to empower the voters of New York City.
About The Position: Video Designer
The Debates 2021 will be a hybrid show with both live and pre-recorded scenes. Pre-recorded scenes will be filmed both in rehearsal rooms and on-location (for example: the subway system or the steps of city hall). Live scenes will have the actors in their homes performing on Zoom. The performance will oscillate between these live and pre-recorded scenes. In a Video Designer, we are looking for a collaborator to help guide that process and differentiate what can/should be live or prerecorded. While we have ample experience making plays, we crave collaboration with someone who is both knowledgeable and enthusiastic about video. This role will fit somewhere between the roles of a traditional video designer, a videographer, and an editor.
Safety during the Pandemic
We want to ensure that everyone is both safe and supported in this work. Currently, TIA is conducting all of its activities on Zoom. While the audience-events for The Debates 2021 will be on Zoom, we do plan to film pre-recorded scenes together, in-person. We are keeping safety top-of-mind and invite all collaborators to a discussion of safety so that we are all safe and comfortable with how we gather.
Theater in Asylum believes in Equal Opportunity Collaboration. We are committed to diversity in all areas of our work, on and offstage. We encourage applicants with a unique cultural perspective inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, class, physical ability, and sexual orientation to apply.
We are so excited to announce our April events for The Debates 2021. This month we'll be digging into more of the responsibilities of our elected officials, as well as surveying the candidates for mayor. All this will culminate this spring with an original theater piece adapted from the election. We hope you'll join us and be a part of the process!
See you soon!
Paul, Katie, Kathryn, Hilarie, and Ariella
Theater in Asylum
Civics Happy Hour: Comptroller, Public Advocate, Borough Presidents
Thursday, April 8, 2021
7-9pm on Zoom
Join Theater in Asylum for a discussion about the roles, responsibilities, and opportunities of NYC’s Comptroller, Public Advocate, and Borough Presidents. We’ll give a brief overview of the positions, dig into a few key activities they perform, and then open things up for a discussion. While we’re no experts at any of this, we are theater makers and politics enthusiasts who believe in learning about these things together and empowering each other in the process.
Civics Happy Hour: The Mayoral Candidates
Thursday, April 22, 2021
7-9pm on Zoom
Join Theater in Asylum for a discussion about some of the leading candidates for NYC mayor. We’ll survey the field, explore the candidates' backgrounds, read some of their public statements, and discuss their policy positions. While we’re no experts at any of this, we are theater makers and politics enthusiasts who believe in learning about these things together and empowering each other in the process.
The Debates 2021 is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
Disclaimer: We are not lawyers, election experts, nor representatives of any campaign. We are theater makers. All expenditures for The Debates are paid for by Theater in Asylum. No actions, script lines, voting guide, or events are authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. Theater in Asylum never endorses candidates in a race. We simply want more people, people like you, to engage and participate. No copyright infringement, defamation, libel, or slander is intended. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please don’t sue us!
Theater in Asylum (TIA) is a New York-based theater company founded in 2010 to challenge and empower our community. TIA joyfully pursues a rigorous research and an ensemble-driven approach to theater-making. We create performances to investigate our past, interpret our present, and imagine our future. We prize space to process, space to question—asylum—for ourselves and our community. Core programs include original productions; themed cabarets to present new work from our community; and Cold Readings to read and discuss published plays.
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