A Director’s Approach to Deconstructing the Patriarchy

by Ireland Tarpey Deconstructing the Patriarchy is a new work being created in the Perkasie Community.  A devised theatre piece, the collaborative project hopes to be a source of catharsis and joy by deeply looking at what it feels like to be a young person in our community.  Written by Gabby Simpson, directed by myself, …

Active Bystander Awareness: Cultivating Active Empathy in Youth

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” –Mister Rogers After the murder of George Floyd under the knee of Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, we have seen the broad scope of …

Theater and the Introverted Child

Introversion is often described as getting energy from solitude. Anyone who is an introvert or knows an introvert has probably seen some evidence of this, perhaps choosing to spend the evening curled up watching a movie, working on a solo project, or reading a book instead of visiting with friends or spending time with other …

Why Theater?

“Of all the things you could do with your life, why theater?” It’s a question that follows every theater artist. Admittedly, in this way we are no different from many of the other art forms–just substitute the eyebrow raising “theater” with, “sculpting,” or “dance,” or, god forbid, “writing novels.” (No harm intended for writer friends–by …