New Group Now
NEW GROUP NOW is a series of public forums which locate New Group shows within the larger context of American and/or global society. Bringing together artists and thinkers across disciplines, the series asks vital questions at the center of New Group shows and of our present culture.
Artistic Altruism: Selfless Expression
Sunday, December 8 at 3:30pm
Free and open to the public!
The Pershing Square Signature Center
480 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
“But art and ideas come out of the passion and torment of experience: it is impossible to have a real relationship to the first if one’s aim is to be protected by the second.” — James Baldwin (1959)
Inspired by Donja R. Love’s one in two, the panel, moderated by Nancy Giles, will discuss the ways that people, primarily people of color, use their traumatic experiences to bring forth beautiful and meaningful work. The panel will dive into creative processes, the struggle for black expression and the sacrifice required for sharing personal work publicly. We will also explore the vulnerability that comes with being an artist who wants to not only move emotionally, but to inform the audience socially as well. The panel will take a deep dive into black selfless expression and dissect its benefits and relevance.
Nancy Giles is an Emmy-winning contributor to “CBS News Sunday Morning,” and tries to be witty on various political panels on MSNBC. She’s acted in films and on TV and was recently Off-Broadway in The New Group’s Good For Otto by David Rabe. She’s also written and performed solo shows and is working on a collection of essays and true stories. Her podcast “The Giles Files” is on the Apple Podcast app, Google Play, and Stitcher. Be cool and subscribe!
Timothy DuWhite is a Black, queer, poz-writer/artist based out of Brooklyn, NY. A majority of his work circles around the intersections of state & body, state & love, and state & mind. All Timothy desires is a different/newer world and believes the written word is one tool that could be used towards achieving that goal.
John-Martin Green, Ed.D is Founder of The Gatekeeper’s Collective (TGC), (thegatekeeperscollective.com), a resiliency enhancement network of same-gender-loving (SGL) African descended men which works to facilitate identity reformation, empowerment, health promotion, and wellness.
As Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Blackberry Productions Documentary Theatre Company, John-Martin develops and produces theater that sheds light on issues impacting our communities, and creates forums for a multiplicity of voices and perspectives in solutions-focused reflection.
Currently, Dr. Green teaches community health and interpersonal relations at Hostos College, of the City University of New York, and has taught theatre at New School University, Brooklyn College, and SUNY campuses at Old Westbury and Nassau Community College.
Britton Williams, MA, RDT, LCAT, holds a master’s degree in Drama Therapy (NYU), and is a registered drama therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including: schools, residential treatment facilities, domestic violence shelters, day treatment programs, and acute care. She is an adjunct professor in the Program in Drama Therapy at NYU and works in private practice with adults and adolescents.
Britton’s work extends to non-clinical settings. In this capacity, she uses creative and embodied techniques with organizations, companies, schools, and universities to help guide and facilitate discussions on: cultural humility and awareness; implementing creativity in the workday for increased employee engagement, team-building, and productivity; and self-care. She recently directed turbulence, a therapeutic theatre piece, through the Program in Drama Therapy (NYU) as part of the Theatre and Health Lab’s As Performance series. turbulence was co-created and developed by Black, People of Color (BPOC) clinicians, students, and creatives and explored BPOC experiences in clinical settings and the larger world.
Britton has published and presented on: the impact of assumptions, biases, and stereotypes on individuals, relationships and communities; creative and embodied approaches to clinicians’ self- assessment; and developing a relational-role theory framework and protocol. Britton is pursuing her doctoral degree in the PhD Program in Social Welfare at the Graduate Center (CUNY) where she will be a member of the inaugural Mellon Humanities Public Fellows cohort.