May 26, 2009 |

South Siders workshop at City Theatre

City Theatre and Tami Dixon, recipients of the 2008 Fox Foundation Fellowship, will present "What's Your South Side Story?" - a community conversation/workshop designed to spark memories and inspire dialog about Pittsburgh's most eclectic neighborhood.

On Sunday May 31 at 5 p.m. this free workshop will take place after the final performance of Speak American, the world-premiere play commissioned by City Theatre, that tells the story of a group of newly immigrated Slovak, Bulgarian, and Polish steelworkers and their dreams of a better life.

Local participation in the "What's Your South Side Story?" workshop will directly inspire the creation of Slope Stories: Tales From Pittsburgh's South Side, a documentary theatre piece reflecting the history and evolution of this all-American community. [No prior theatre experience necessary.]

Anyone who grew up on the South Side, currently lives, own a business or works on the South Side may come and share their experiences and celebrate the community they love. Register for this workshop and receive a special discount ticket offer to Speak American.

Tami Dixon, local actress and producing artistic director for Bricolage Production Company, was awarded the Fox Foundation Fellowship in conjunction with City Theatre to develop Slope Stories in an effort to connect her creativity with her community. She will combine interviews and workshops with local residents, and training from master artists like Ping Chong, Keith Johnstone and Lisa Kron to create a theatre piece exploring the neighborhood where she lives.

"I am inspired by the links between people, communities, families, and cultures that compose the roots of theatre. Studying the motives of people and reflecting on behaviors help to build understanding of the human condition, and this reflective process inspires me both as a person and an actor. With this fellowship I can make good on a commitment to contribute an inspiring piece that tells the stories of Pittsburgh's Everyman/woman, Ms. Dixon stated.

For reservations and more information on this workshop contact Tami Dixon at tami@webbricolage.org

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