Central alumna Cathy Englade (MA Applied Theatre, 2012), along with current students Liberty Ip and Joe Hopper (both BA Drama, Applied Theatre & Education, 2015) are developing The Crossing Bridges Project in partnership with Central and Covenant House International, an NGO that shelters and aides more than 55,000 homeless and trafficked youth annually throughout six countries.
The New York based project, designed and led by Cathy, kicks off Spring 2015, when Covenant House youth will attend master classes facilitated by some of the theatre industry’s most accomplished artists including Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winners and nominees. After four weeks of learning the fundamentals in writing, directing and acting for stage, the young people and guest artists will collaboratively devise and present short performances at the Crossing Bridges Play Festival on 22 March.
2/15 - Writing with David Henry Hwang Playwright & Librettist. Tony Winner, 3 Time Obie Winner, 2 Time Pulitzer Prize Nominee. M. Butterfly, Aida, Tarzan, Chinglish.
2/24 - Acting with Eric Briarley Actor/Singer- National Tours: Les Miserables, My Fair Lady.
2/26 - Acting with Elizabeth A. Davis Actress/Musician. Tony Nominee for ONCE, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Allegro, Of Mice & Men, Emily, The Cherry Orchard.
3/3 - Writing with Marcus Gardley Playwright & Poet. Every Tongue Confess, On the Levee (at Lincoln Center), And Jesus Moonwalks, Dance of the Holy Ghost. Awards: The Helen Merrill Award, Kesselring Honor, Eugene O'Neill Scholarship Winner, ASCAP Cole Porter Award.
3/10 - Directing with Danya Taymor Director in Residence at The Flea Theatre, My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer (NY Times Pick), Romeo & Juliet, The Honest Whore, Wymong. Affiliations- Ensemble Studio Theatre, Columbia University, Theatre for a New Audience, Time Warner Fellow at Women's Project, Lincoln Center.
3/12 - Directing with Mark Schneider Associate Director: Annie, Billy Elliot, 13, The Norman Conquests, Boeing-Boeing.
3/17 - Voice & Movement with: Todd Pettiford Rent,The Lion King, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Riverdance on Broadway. Dana Marie Ingraham Motown, Spiderman: Turn off the Dark, The Color Purple, The Lion King. Dionne Figgins Motown, Leap of Faith, Memphis, Hot Feet.
My goal is to give the youth the practical tools to "cross the bridge" into a new space, laying aside the mantle of being homeless, broken, abused and abandoned. On a stage, in a script, they can choose a new narrative and tell the world who they are behind the homelessness.
- Cathy Englade