Immigration Stories: the Individual and Collective Voice

Sun, Apr 18, 2021 - 11:30 AM — Sun, Apr 18, 2021 - 01:30 PM
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Presented by Dr. Kathleen Potts, Dramaturg & Professor Jennifer Tuttle, Director Department of Theatre and Speech

Immigration Stories was inspired by the DACA repeal. The devisers sought to create a piece of theatre that reflects young Americans' feelings about the political climate, and their desire to add their voices to the dialogue about injustice, human rights, identity, and belonging. This production began as a project in The City College of New York’s Department of Theatre and Speech’s Playwriting and Speech for the Stage 2 classes in the Fall of 2018, where each actor/collaborator researched his/her/their familial histories, interviewed family members, and from that background work, created monologues for performance. Those individual stories were then woven together chorally through devised physical and voice work, to fully embody the atmosphere and qualities of the stories in the style of story-telling theatre.


Kathleen Potts is a nationally recognized playwright, dramaturge, and scholar. She earned her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, an M.Phil. and Ph.D. from The Graduate Center, CUNY, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Speech at The City College of New York. A full member of the Dramatists Guild, Potts also won the highly competitive Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Fellowship and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Lorraine Hansberry Award for her play Miss Nowhere Diner (published by Dramatic Publishing). She is co-author of The Professional Actor’s Handbook: From Casting Call to Curtain Call with Julio Agustin (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).


Jennifer Tuttle is a theatre artist, activist and educator. Recent directing projects include: Apple, Table, Penny by Peter Levine which headlined Emerging Artists Theatre’s New Work Series, an original devised work called Immigration Stories for Culture Project’s Women Center Stage, An Incident at Peniel at Alchemical Theatre Lab for Crossways Theatre, a bilingual version of Much Ado About Nothing called Much Ado Para Nada, for Shakespeare in Detroit, and Urinetown at The City College of New York. She recently Co-Chaired the StateraArts Foundation’s national conference for advancing women, women-identifying, and non-binary artists in the arts and theatre. Jennifer is an Associate Professor of Acting at the Department of Theatre and Speech at The City College of New York/CUNY, where she teaches all levels of Acting, Directing, and Voice.

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