Tours & Events

SPRING 2018:

January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6 … First Sunday of Every Month!  –  Veterans Community Open Mic, with host Andrea Assaf, DJ Cotton, and special guests!  6:30-9 PM, Tre Amici @ The Bunker, 1907 N. 19th St., Ybor City, Tampa.

February 7Writing Workshop for Women of Color & Allies! A collaboration with Kitchen Table Literary Arts, and the USF School of Theatre & Dance.  Wed, 6:30-8:30 PM @ USF Theatre (TAR) room 249.

FINAL No Silence

March 10Veteran Arts: Warrior Writers & the Combat Hippies join Art2Action join forces for a special Reading in conjunction with AWP!  6-7 PM @ Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 400 N Ashley Dr., Tampa, FL.

April 19-22 – Andrea Assaf directs Speed Killed My Cousin by Linda Parris-Bailey & The Carpetbag Theatre @ El Centro Su Teatro, Denver.

KAL Promo image with dates

May 18Veteran Arts: CHRYSALIS: A new play about Veterans, Transformation, and the Process of Becoming More Human. Art2Action launches a 2-week exhibit of Veteran Arts (curated by Saori Murphy) @ the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery of the University of Tampa with a one-night-only remount performance of Chrysalis!  Not to be missed!

CHRYSALIS Postcard 2

May 26-June 2 — Andrea Assaf is Writer in Residence at The Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach!  Catch her cameo at the Piano Slam on Sunday, her Reading on Wednesday, or the Conversation with the Artist on Thursday!

June 2 — WOMEN, join us for a special Writing Workshop with Kitchen Table Literary Arts, 2-4pm; followed by a Reading featuring Women Veterans, FREE and open to the public, to close out the Kaleidoscope Exhibit.  Scarfone Hartley Gallery @ University of Tampa.

June 8-21 — Celeste Miller, Miroslava Wilson and Mujeres en Ritual Danza-Teatro are in residence with Art2Action in Tampa, collaborating with Dora Arreola on Women at Waters Edge / Mujeres al filo del aqua (a new work co-commissioned with NPN).  Stay tuned for the premiere in 2019!!

July 12-26, 2018 — The National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation returns, including a First Peoples Pre-Conference, and the first Mentorship Institute!  In  partnership with Pangea World Theatre, Minneapolis.

Past Events:

FALL 2017

August 25, 7:30 PMVeteran Arts: The War & Treaty WOW Concert @ USF Oval Theater, Marshall Center (MSC 2nd floor, 4103 Cedar Cir, Tampa, Florida 33620).  Special opening performance by Andresia “Real” Moseley.  FREE admission, and free popcorn!

August 26, 1-3 PMVeteran Arts:  Songwriting Workshop with The War & Treaty @ USF School of Theatre & Dance (TAR 130).  This workshop for veterans, spouses/partners and caregivers, kicks-off our *NEW* Veteran Arts workshop series.  It’s FREE!

October 1 – Veteran Arts: Combat Hippies @ the Veterans Community Open Mic! 6:30-9 PM, Tre Amici @ The Bunker, 1907 N. 19th St., Ybor City, Tampa.

October 23Veteran Arts: Special “Creative Forces” Edition of the Veterans Community Open Mic, co-hosted by Sheree L. Grear of Kitchen Table Literary Arts, featuring The War & Treaty!  Tampa Museum of Art, in conjunction with the Florida Creative Forces Summit.

October 26-29Veteran Arts:  Digital Storytelling Intensive for Veterans with The Carpetbag Theatre @ USF (TAR 249).

December 1, 7 PM – Veteran Arts: CHRYSALIS: A new play about Veterans, Transformation, and the Process of Becoming More Human @ USF School of Theatre & Dance (TAR 120).  FREE!

CHRYSALIS Postcard 1

2016-17 Season:

September 28, 2016 – Public Talk & Book Signing by Cherrie Moraga @ USF (details coming soon!)

September 29-October 2, 2016Mathematics of Love by Cherrie Moraga, directed by Dora Arreola @ USF Theatre 2 (co-presented by Art2Action & USF School of Theatre & Dance)

October 4-5, 2016Eleven Reflections on September, National Asian American Theater Conference & Festival @ OSF, produced by the Consortium of Asian American Theatres & Artists (CAATA).  Featuring Andrea Assaf, Lubana Al Quntar, Eylem Basaldi and April Centrone. Visit caata.net

October 15, 2016 – Andrea Assaf directs Speed Killed My Cousin (by Linda Parris-Bailey & The Carpetbag Theatre) at ASU Gammage

November 6, 2016 – The Veterans Community Open Mic reignites, with a special guest performance by the incredible singing duo, The War & Treaty!  Co-hosted by Andrea Assaf & Linda Parris-Bailey, at a NEW LOCATION: Tre Amici @ The Bunker, 1907 N. 19th St., Ybor City, Tampa.  (…AND DON’T FORGET TO VOTE ON NOV 8TH!!)

December 4, 2016 & January 1, 2017 – Veterans Community Open Mic, with hosts Andrea Assaf & Andresia “Real” Moseley!  Tre Amici @ The Bunker, 1907 N. 19th St., Ybor City, Tampa.

February 2-5, 2017 – “R&R Festival: From Recovery to Rejuvenation” – performances by, for, about and with veterans, in conjunction with the National Summit on Arts & Health in the Military (co-organized by Americans for the Arts) @ USF Theatre 1 and associated locations!  Special EPIC evening, 5-8 PM, Tre Amici @ The Bunker!

February 25-March 4 – Andrea Assaf: SpeakOut Residency with Tigertail Productions!  Andrea hosts a Teen Slam on March 2, 6-9 PM @ Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, and gives a Reading of New Work, March 3, 8pm @ The Betsy Hotel, Miami Beach.

March 5 – Veterans Community Open Mic, with host, Andrea Assaf, DJ Cotton, and special guests!  6:30-9 PM, Tre Amici @ The Bunker, 1907 N. 19th St., Ybor City, Tampa.

March 6-8Working Narratives – Andrea Assaf directs a staged reading of Speed Killed My Cousin, Wilmington, NC.

March 9-12 -“Art in the Service of Understanding” convening, New England Foundation for the Arts; Andrea Assaf directs a staged reading of Speed Killed My Cousin @ Emerson College, Boston, MA.

March 22 – Veteran Arts:  The War & Treaty – Songwriting Workshop for Veterans and service members, family members, spouses/partners/significant others, and caregivers. @ USF, details coming soon!

March 29 – “Indelible: Veteran Love Stories” – TEDx performance! 6 PM @ USF Marshall Center Ballroom.

April 2017 – THIS Bridge: Rasha Abdulhadi – Poetry Workshops for student veterans, and for Arab/Muslim students @ USF

April 2 – Veterans Community Open Mic, with host, with special guests:  Rasha Abdulhadi, and the USF IPad Touch Band!  6:30-9 PM, Tre Amici @ The Bunker, 1907 N. 19th St., Ybor City, Tampa.

May 7, June 4, July 2 – Veterans Community Open Mic, with host Andrea Assaf, DJ Cotton, and special guests!  6:30-9 PM, Tre Amici @ The Bunker, 1907 N. 19th St., Ybor City, Tampa.

July 7-25, 2017 — MARK YOUR CALENDARS for The National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation, including the official launch of the Next Generation Artists Institute! A partnership with Pangea World Theatre, Minneapolis.

2015-16 Season:

August 13-18, 2015National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation: Peer Leadership Exchange. A partnership with Pangea World Theatre, Minneapolis.

September 25 — THIS Bridge: Aya Tarek Art Talk. Egyptian graffiti artist & muralist introduces her work to Tampa.  FREE event!  3:30pm @ FAH 290 (University of South Florida, College of the Arts).  Drop by the Contemporary Art Museum, Sept 25-30, to see Aya painting a new work on campus!

September 28 — THIS Bridge: Film Screening: The Microphone, featuring a Q&A with Egyptian graffiti artist Aya Tarek (who’s in the film!).  FREE event, with popcorn!  7:30pm @ The Oval Theatre, Marshall Center (2nd floor), University of South Florida (USF), Tampa

October 1, 2015 — THIS Bridge:  Aya Tarek’s World Premiere of a new painting!  With FREE Middle Eastern food and fantastic DJs!  7-9pm @ the Contemporary Art Museum, USF-Tampa.  ON EXHIBIT THROUGH DECEMBER 2015

October 20, 2015 — THIS Bridge: Heather Raffo, award-winning Iraqi American playwright offers a special lecture on Cultural Diplomacy, in partnership with the USF Department of Government & International Affairs.  3:30pm @ USF Patel Center for Global Solutions, 1st floor auditorium.

November 12-15 & 19-22 — THIS Bridge: 9 Parts of Desire, by Heather Raffo, directed by Andrea Assaf.  Thurs-Sat 7:30pm and Sundays 3pm @ Theatre 2, University of South Florida (USF), Tampa.  Special Events: Live Music with the Five Stars Band, Nov 19 & 21, 7 PM @ Theatre 2.  Post-show Dialogues with the cast & director Andrea Assaf, Nov 19, 20 & 21.

February 22, 2016THIS Bridge: Aya Tarek Reception @ USF Graphic Studio

March 16, 2016 – “Poems, Protest & Pennsylvania” – Andrea Assaf performs @ Penn State

March 29, 2016 – THIS Bridge: 30 Plays in 30 Years: An Evening with Bina Sharif, 8 PM @ The Oval Theatre (USF Marshall Center).

2014-15 Season:

August 28, 2014 8:30 PM — THIS Bridge: Negin Farsad Comedy Show! @ USF Marshall Center, Oval Theatre.  BUY TICKETS

August 29, 7:30 PMThe Muslims Are Coming! Film Screening & discussion with co-producer, Negin Farsad @ USF-Tampa University Lecture Hall (ULH 101)

September 8 & 10, 8 PM — Eleven Reflections on September Concert Performance, featuring THIS Bridge: Aida Shahghasemi & Andrea Assaf @ Barness Recital Hall, USF School of Music. 

September 12, 7:30 PM — Eleven Reflections on September Concert Performance, featuring Andrea Assaf and Aida Shahghasemi. Part of  “Global Fridays” @ Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI

September 19, 2014, 2:30 PM — Andrea Assaf & Aida Shahghasemi perform at the 5th national gathering of RAWI, with Mizna @ The Open Book, Minneapolis, MN.

October 5, 5-9 PM — SPECIAL EVENT!  WUSF records the VETERANS OPEN MIC LIVE! with guest artists Donna Mejia & Linda Parris-Bailey (The Carpetbag Theatre), 6:30-9 PM @ Sacred Grounds Coffee House.  Come early, at 5 PM, for a FREE Creative Writing Workshop!

October 7, 12:30-1:30 PM — THIS Bridge: Donna Mejia, transnational fusion dance artist mixes Arab & North African forms with Hip-Hop and Electronica in this special lecture-demonstration, @ the USF School of Music, Barness Recital Hall.  FREE!

November 8, 7:30 PM — THIS Bridge:  Panel Discussion & USF Fall Dance Concert, featuring choreography by Donna Mejia.  For tickets & details, visit the USF School of Theatre & Dance.

November 14 Mujeres en Ritual 15th Anniversary / Quinceaños Celebration!  CECUT, Mexico

November 15Eleven Reflections on September at FeLiNo 2014, CECUT, Mexico

December 3 & 5, 8 PM — THIS Bridge: Devised Theatre showcase — USF students perform ORIGINAL work @ USF Theatre (TAR 120)

January 11, 2015, 9-10:30 AM — Building Bridges panel, APAP conference (Sheraton Hotel, Gramercy Room)

January 12, 2015, 6:30-8:30 PM — Hi-ARTS Open House & Launch of “11Reflections NYC” featuring Andrea Assaf, Donna Mejia, and Aida Shahghasemi!

February 21, 3 PMTHIS Bridge: Cristal Chanelle Truscott & Progress Theatre present their newest work, The Burnin’ at USF Theatre 1, Saturday matinee (2/21). Co-sponsored by the USF Institute for Black Life and the School of Theatre & Dance.  TICKETS are $10 for students/veterans/seniors, and $15 general admission at the box office.

March 20 THIS Bridge: Heather Raffo, Iraqi American playwright, presents work-in-progress of her new libretto, Fallujah, at the USF School of Music Concert Hall.

March 26-29Indigenous Artists Gathering as part of the National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation. A partnership with Pangea World Theatre, Minneapolis.

April 1, 6pm — THIS Bridge: Arab American Writers Panel, featuring Naomi Shihab Nye, Tahani Salah, and Amir Rabiyah, moderated by Andrea Assaf.  In partnership with the USF Humanities Institute.

April 9, 8pmTHIS Bridge: National Poetry Month Celebration!  @ Oval Theatre, USF Marshall Center.  Don’t miss our extraordinary line-up, featuring award-winning poets Tahani Salah, and Amir Rabiyah, hosted by Tampa Bay’s own Andresia “Real” Poet, and DJ Cotton!  Co-sponsored by the USF Arab Cultural Association, Humanities Institute and English Department.

April 30-May 17, 2015Eleven Reflections on September – NYC PREMIERE @ La MaMa! In partnership with Hi-ARTS

June 11-14, 2015Art2Action @ WOW “Women of the World” Festival @ The Apollo!

June 29-July 2, 2015Women Playwrights International Conference includes a workshop on working with veterans, featuring Andrea Assaf & Linda Parris-Bailey.  Cape Town, South Africa.

Spring-Summer 2014 :

Jan 17-Feb 16, 2014 – (pre)Occupation, Curated by Jo Novelli       Phoenix, AZ

March 29, 2014 – Struggle, Resilience & Transformation: Queer Arabs in the Diaspora Group Reading @ Split This Rock Poetry Festival, Washington, DC

April 10, 2014 – A2A presents… THIS Bridge: Leila Buck In the Crossing: Open Studio & Dialogue,  7-9 PM @ USF Department of Theatre, Studio 120, Tampa, FL.

June 13, 2014 – Engaging Military Veterans in Your Community Through the Arts.  Art2Action, The Carpetbag Theatre, and the VA-PRRC will present an in-depth case study on our collaborative work with veterans in Tampa, at the Americans for the Arts National Convention in Nashville, TN.  Friday, 5-6:30 PM.

June 20, 2014 – Activate Equity: Directing & Ensemble Creation workshop @ TCG National Conference, San Diego, CA.

June 26, 2014 – I AM / NOT Enamored durational performance intervention by Andrea Assaf @ Hemispheric Institute, Montreal, Canada

PROJECTS:

Eleven Reflections on September

October 4-5, 2016Eleven Reflections on September, National Asian American Theater Conference & Festival @ Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), produced by the Consortium of Asian American Theatres & Artists (CAATA).  Featuring Andrea Assaf, Lubana Al Quntar, Eylem Basaldi and April Centrone. Visit caata.net

September 15, 2015 — Eleven Reflections on September @ The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage!  Part of the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival, Washington DC.  FREE!  One night only!  Vist the Millennium Stage.

June 11-14, 2015Art2Action @ WOW “Women of the World” Festival @ The Apollo!  Catch Dora Arreola on the “Yearning to be Free” panel Saturday, 4pm @ CUNY.  And see excerpts of #11Reflections as part of the WOW ARTIST TAKE-OVER @ the Apollo Soundstage, Sunday at 3 PM, in partnership with Hi-ARTS.  Featuring Andrea Assaf, Donna Mejia, Eylem Basaldi, Natalia Perlaza, special guest Mankwe Ndosi, and much more!  wowapollo.com

April 30-May 17, 2015Eleven Reflections on September – NYC PREMIERE @ La MaMa!
La MaMa, First Floor Theatre
General Admission $18 | Students/Seniors $13
T: 646.430.5374
74 East 4th St. NY, NY 10003
Box Office Hours: Monday-Sunday 12-6pm

Reflections of NYC: Gallery Installation by Alice Mizrachi
Opening Reception April 23, 2015 at 7-9pm; Gallery Hours: Mondays and Fridays 2-5pm thru May 22

Art & Peace: A Community Dialogue
May 6, 2015, 6-9pm
Hi-ARTS Gallery
T: 718.497.4282 | http://www.hi-artsnyc.org
304 East 100 St. NY, NY 10018

November 15, 2014            Andrea Assaf solo performance @ FeLiNo / CECUT   Mexico

September 12, 2014         “Global Fridays” Concert @ Arab American National Museum

September 8 & 10, 2014    Barness Recital Hall, USF School of Music    Tampa, FL

December 8-11, 2011        Straz Center for the Performing Arts               Tampa, FL

October 6-9, 2011             The Carpetbag Theatre                                   Knoxville, TN

April 21-May 1, 2011         Premiere:  Pangea World Theater                   Minneapolis, MN

March 25, 2011                 Work-in-Progress:  DIWAN Forum for the Arts, CUNY, NY

March 24, 2011                 Work-in-Progress:  BAAD! Ass Women’s Festival, Bronx, NY

May 7, 2010                      Reading:  Centro Cultural Tijuana                    Tijuana, Mexico

November 11, 2009          Reading:  Zero Budget Festival, Grotowski Institute, Wroclaw, Poland

2007 Readings: Bowery Poetry Club (NY), Hedgebrook, Augusta Savage Gallery (MA)

 

Outside the Circle

June 25, 2013                   Staged Reading: Amigos Del REP, San Diego Repertory / Lyceum Theatre

November 16-17, 2012       Morphologies Queer Performance Festival    Minneapolis, MN

June 29-July 8, 2012          Jump-Start Performance / Esperanza Center       San Antonio, TX

May 10-12, 2012                 El Centro Su Teatro                                       Denver, CO

March 15-17, 2012              Premiere:  Pangea World Theater                Minneapolis, MN

December 28, 2011            Reading: Centro Cultural de la Raza              San Deigo, CA

 

 Cultural Organizing

Sept 30-Oct 9, 2013    “SPEED” the CAR: Creative Arts Reintegration Residency with The Carpetbag Theatre, Tampa, FL

December 1-8, 2012   National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation (pilot intensive) with Pangea World Theater, @ Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN

May 28-31, 2012         Arts & Democracy Project A-i-R, SEIU Convention, Denver, CO

December 8, 2011      National Pre-Conference on Directing & Ensemble Creation, with Pangea World Theater, @ USF Department of Theatre / NPN Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL

June 22-26, 2010      Creativity Lab, U.S. Social Forum, Detroit, MI

 

 

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