Get to Know the Grantee: Power Street Theatre Company
“It feels good to be represented…”
Power Street Theatre Company makes theatre that represents people whose stories are not seen on the stage – and presents to sold-out houses in their community. Here are some wise words from this Bartol grantee in answer to our questions of the day.
What revs you up to go to work in the morning?
Knowing that I am lucky to be working on something I love. Even when the work is hard, or I am exhausted, I know that what I’m doing makes a difference and that excites me.
What about your work keeps you up at night?
Sustainability. Not knowing what my income looks like, not knowing if we will be able to pay everyone what they deserve. Hating that we have to try to survive in capitalism.
When do you know your work is making a difference?
At our community events when folx tell us how much the gathering, production, workshop etc has impacted them. Personal testimonies are the biggest indicator for me of what really matters in the work.
What is the coolest thing a participant in your program ever said to you?
Recently an older Latino man struggled to find the words to express what it felt like to see his people and his stories on stage. He was so struck by the feeling of being seen he could hardly transfer that feeling into words, but once we understood what he was trying to say “It feels good to be represented” it really left an impression and reminded us of the importance of the work.
Best. Snack. Ever.
Part of a continuing series featuring our 2019 Bartol grantees.