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Working 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.

About Working 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


Founded by Nan Elsasser

"The 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.

"Equally 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.

"As 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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A Community Creativity Center in:

Albuquerque, New Mexico USA

Classroom 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.