Gas & Electric Arts
Gas & Electric Arts was co-founded by Lisa Jo Epstein and David Brown in 2005 so that they could mesh their respective strengths and passions in a multi-faceted theatre organization that would match their desires for the stage equally with their commitment to activism through theatre in the community
Gas & Electric Arts produces plays by living playwrights who are boldly redefining American theatre. Since 2006, Gas & Electric Arts has expanded its theatre-based education program, designed primarily for non-actors, by offering short workshops and longer-term residencies which enable participants to explore the self, society and how to make individual and community change. Participants gain playful yet powerful new tools for negotiating conflict, addressing personal and group struggles, dreams, and building community. Through interactive activities rooted in the work of Augusto Boal (Nobel Peace Prize Finalist 2008) with whom Epstein trained extensively in the USA and at the Center for the Theatre of the Oppressed in Paris France, this work is designed to awaken participants to their own capabilities, explore challenging issues in non-competitive, open ways and offer a chance for honest dialogue through the moving language of images and theatre. Gas & Electric Arts regularly train artists, educators, activists, and social service professionals in these techniques.