6205 W Price Blvd
“Creativity for All”
with Hermitage Fellows Tina LaPadula and Nandita Shenoy
Presented in partnership with Embracing our Differences and North Port High School
Thursday, March 30 at 5:00pm
Butler Park (entrance at 6205 W Price Blvd, North Port, FL 34287)
Registration is required. $5 per person.
Using the large-scale visual art exhibition from Embracing our Differences as a launch pad, Hermitage Fellows Tina LaPadula and Nandita Shenoy invite students and audience members to tell a story. A leading teaching artist, Tina LaPadula is a founder of the award-winning arts non-profit Arts Corps and is the former chair of the Association for Teaching Artists. She has led countless workshops and conversations about the impact of stories and the arts in our lives with a focus on young people. Nandita Shenoy is a writer-actor who has performed and had her work performed across the country from Flint, MI to Silver Spring MD, from the virtual world of Zoom to Off-Broadway in New York, and from Alabama Shakespeare Festival to Cal Shakes. Both of these incredible artists and community builders share insights as they guide this participatory creative process.
Tina LaPadula is an East Coast transplant and warrior for equitable art-making and learning opportunities. For more than 15 years, she poured most of her creative energy into Arts Corps, the award-winning arts and social justice non-profit she helped found. She has collaborated with The Frye Museum, The Museum of History and Industry, and Bumbershoot Arts and Music Festival to curate exhibitions and events that elevate the art and perspectives of young people. As a teaching artist, Tina has taught for Centrum Arts, Seattle Children’s Theatre, The University of Washington, and in a multitude of schools and afterschool programs. She has served as a consultant to many cultural organizations facilitating workshops on racial justice and the arts. Tina supports the growth and development of teaching artists locally and nationally, most notably as the founder of the Seattle Teaching Artist Network, as a faculty member for the WA State Teaching Artist Training Lab, as the former chair of the Association of Teaching Artists, and on the national advisory team for the Teaching Artist Guild. Her writing and opinions have been featured by Americans for the Arts and The National Guild for Community Arts Education.
Hermitage Fellow and theater artist Nandita Shenoy is a New York-based writer and actor. Her play The Future is Female was recently a Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, recently had its world premiere at Flint Repertory Theater, and her Rage Play was named to the 2020 Kilroys List. Her play Washer/Dryer has been produced multiple times nationally after its world premiere at LA’s East-West Players and an Off-Broadway production at Ma-Yi Theater, in which she also starred. Her first full-length play, Lyme Park: An Austonian Romance of an Indian Nature, was produced by the Hegira in Washington, DC. Her one-acts have been produced in New York City and regionally. Nandita won the 2014 Father Hamblin Award in Playwriting. Her acting credits range from dancing on national tours to Shakespeare festivals to world premieres of new plays by living playwrights. She is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the dtfwaw, Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity Association, and SAG/AFTRA. She also sits on the Steering Committee of the Asian-American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC), which won a 2020 Obie for their Advocacy in the Field of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Nandita holds a BA in English literature from Yale University. NanditaShenoy.com