Classroom, founded by Nan Elsasser, is a multi-ethnic organization
of professional and novice adult and student artists, actors and
writers. Offering many programs that nurture the creative, academic,
and leadership potential of talented young artists and actors from
historically ignored groups, Working Classroom encourages the creation
of art that is for and about our diverse cultural environments.
As citizens of a global community, members are encouraged to use
their talents to build a better world, working together
to promote peace, tolerance, and human rights at home and abroad.
Classroom Nan says, "I grew up at a time when women authors were
as scarce as snow in Florida. I remember my excitement at discovering
and devouring books by Simone de Beauvoir and Doris Lessing. I see
that same excitement at Working
by Nan Elsasser
power and importance of seeing oneself accurately and richly represented
in film, television, art, music, and literature is vital to our
understanding of who we are and where and how we belong.
significant and far less frequently acknowledged is the importance
of truly seeing each other. When the arts make room for us in
all our diversity, we are each enriched as individuals and are
connected more profoundly as a nation.
the founder and executive director of Working Classroom, it has
been my privilege to be part of an extraordinary, diverse community
of artists, playwrights, directors, actors, and designers committed
to expanding the voices, the visions, the artistic conversation
in which we are all engaged."
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theater productions. Following every performance, children and teenagers
line up to get their programs signed by the "stars"actors
their own age, from their own schools and neighborhoods; actors
who look like them, speak in a familiar language, and share in a
creative expression of their cultural heritage.