Rough Draft Festival 2017


Rough Draft Festival Promo Video

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The Rough Draft Festival is a celebration of artists/organizations and their work under development. Rough Draft features a wide array of artists whose work is at various levels of development. RD Festival provides stipends and space for artists to develop their work- in- progress. I am so pleased to work with these amazing artists on the Rough Draft Festival’s 4th edition, and hope you’ll join us to see their excinting new work.


Lab Director, Festival Curator, Handan Ozbilgin.

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Emerging Choreographer Series February 22nd, 2016 – February 23rd, 2016

The Emerging Choreographer Series (ECS) is a participatory mentoring program providing new or aspiring choreographers with tools to create, develop and premiere a new finished work. Thanks to the partnership between LPAC and Mare Nostrum Elements (MNE) participating choreographers receive up to 60 hours of free rehearsal space, artistic feedback from established choreographers, production and logistic consultations as well as weekly meetings to exchange ideas with fellow choreographers. Participants also receive financial aid to remunerate themselves, their dancers, cover the cost of costumes, props and other production expenses. The Program culminates in 2 fully produced performances on Feb. 22 and 23, 2016.





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Mooseltoe sets out to find the great wise Mooseking for advice, and along the way meets a variety of characters, all of whom teach Mooseltoe valuable life lessons. But, there is trouble at the North Pole. Will Mooseltoe be able to save the Holiday Season?
Just when you think the excitement has ended, you can visit Santa in our magical toyland.  Each child will receive a special gift from Santa.  Every young dreamer will enjoy this classic holiday tradition.

Howl Round livestream of Beyond Sacred @LPAContheMAP

Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity is an interview-based theatre production by Ping Chong + Company and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center exploring the diverse experiences of Muslim communities within New York City.

Beyond Sacred Livestream

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The goal of Beyond Sacred is to use theater and personal testimony to foster greater understanding among Muslim and non-Muslim communities in New York.

Written by Ping Chong and Sara Zatz, with Ryan Conarro in collaboration with the performers: Tiffany Yasmin AbdelghaniFerdous DehqanKadin Herring,
Amir Khafagy and Maha Syed.

The New York Times calls Beyond Sacred “a lesson in human understanding, drawn from real lives” and a “probing and persuasive new work of interview-based theater” –

(Read full review)

Beyond Sacred was commissioned as part of LPAC’s 2014-15 Beyond Sacred season with the generous support of APAP and the Doris Duke Foundation Building Bridges Grant.

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