Complicity and Crafting Community Dialogue

September 30, 2017


    In Woolly's Melton Rehearsal Hall
    5 - 7 PM  //  Saturday, September 30
    Free and open to the public

    In the midst of changing rhetoric, communities are discovering that our daily language can make us unknowingly complicit in the conflicts that surround us. This on-your-feet workshop led by arts practitioner Elena Velasco will use theatre exercises to guide participants through a deep examination of how our biases manifest, and explore ways to foster meaningful dialogue and understanding across our differences.

    Meet Elena Velasco

    ELENA VELASCO is a freelance theater artist whose 24 year career has encompassed many aspects of production. A member of SAG, AFTRA, and AEA, she has performed at the Kennedy Center, Theatre Alliance, Discovery Theatre, Imagination Stage, Signature Theatre STAGES, and in several films, commercials, and TV shows. She has worked as a director and choreographer throughout the Washington D.C area, including Source Theater, Discovery Theater, Mead Theatre Lab, Capital Fringe and Helen Hayes recommended productions at Synetic Theater, which also featured her playwriting and music compositions in their family theater. She has served as a teaching artist in residencies and outreach programs throughout the D.C. metro area, partnering with such organizations as Imagination Stage, Synetic Theater Studio, Theater Lab of DC, Interact Story Theater, Smithsonian, the Hirschhorn Museum, the National Zoo, and in public and private schools. As Director of Outreach for Educational Theatre Company, she developed over a dozen original student musicals and for 10 years served as director for their adult performing company, Shakespeare in the Schools. She is the Artistic Director of Convergence Theatre, a performance collective focused on evolving theatrical language to invite discourse on issues of social justice. Additionally, she is the co-creator and artist in residence for Óyeme, a theatre arts haven for unaccompanied minors in Maryland. She is a Doris Duke Charitable Foundation grant recipient, an award that supports her ongoing work with the Óyeme community, a partnership with Imagination Stage. Education: M.F.A. in Directing and B.A. in Drama, Magna Cum Laude, from Catholic University.