Tuesday, December 4 | 6 – 8 pm
Immigrant Artists in a Sanctuary City
Artist Mohamad Hafez
A Syrian artist and architect, Hafez creates surrealistic Middle Eastern streetscapes that are architectural in their appearance yet politically charged in their content. Hafez’ work will be featured in “Syria, Then and Now: Stories from Refugees a Century Apart,” a group show at the Brooklyn Museum running October 13, 2018 – January 13, 2019. His artwork has been featured in solo and group shows in London and across the U.S. He has been profiled on National Public Radio, in The New York Times, and in The New Yorker. Recently featured at TEDxWesleyanU, he currently serves as a 2018 Yale University Silliman College Fellow.
Director/Community Facilitator/Producer Elizabeth Nearing
Elizabeth Nearing, Community Engagement Manager at Long Wharf Theatre (LWT), is multi-talented and involved in all aspects of the theater arts. In her work at LWT she has facilitated over 30 partnerships including collaborative work with the New Haven Free Public Library, Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, Sandy Hook Promise, and many more. She directed and produced Every 28 Hours: New Haven at LWT in collaboration with 14 New Haven organizations and over 60 performers, along the national movement. Directing credits include Long Wharf Theatre Next Stage, NY Fringe Festival, Empty Chair Theatre Company, Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, Barn Arts Collective, and more. She was the Project Lead for the Placemaking Intensive at Yale’s TSAI Center for Innovative Thinking and Dwight Hall in 2018 and a “Wellbeing” City Wide Open Studios commissioned artist. Elizabeth will be directing at Collective Consciousness Theater this season.
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2016: Paul Bass, moderated by Will Ginsberg
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2017: Jock Reynolds and Pamela Franks