Public Good will be an inaugural Project to explore the Eugenics board of North Carolina's crimes & reparations. Intended as a community-centered collaborative project Public Good will be reporting on our local history and culture by using all means of documentary art.
Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte’s nuVoices for a nuGeneration Play Festival is expanding to include our inaugural PUBLIC GOOD project. As a member of the National New Play Network, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte is committed to fulfilling the goals set forth by the creation of the nuVoices Festival:
- To celebrate and cultivate new plays by emerging American playwrights.
- To incubate professional artistic talent in the Charlotte region.
- To educate the public on the process of taking new plays from the page to the stage.
Through a generous grant from the Knight Foundation, ATC will tackle the goal of nurturing professional artistic talent in the Charlotte region through the launch of our PUBLIC GOOD project. This initiative will provide a group of four local writers with the opportunity to explore playwriting under the mentorship of a lead playwright who will be commissioned to develop a stage play about the Eugenics Board of North Carolina. It is believed that between 1929 and 1974, more than 7,000 people were sterilized by choice, force or coercion under the authority of the Eugenics Board. The tentative title for our project is PUBLIC GOOD because the main justification for the state’s forced sterilization program was that it was for the good of the society as well as the individuals being sterilized.
Alexandra Bassett (Lead Collaborator) is a Greek-American theatre director, writer, and composer. Specializing in ensemble-built theatrical events and transdisciplinary projects, her work has been produced and commissioned by such companies as ITE Inception to Exhibition, NYMF - Mint’d Explorers, Dragon’s Egg Studio, Florence Griswold Museum, and Communal Spaces. She has lead playwriting and collaboration workshops for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Young Playwrights Festival, the National Theater Institute’s Theatermakers program, and ImprovEd Shakespeare. A Founder and Associate Artist of the NYC-based theatre company FullStop Collective, she was the originating Artistic Director of their annual new works festival held at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn. In 2014, Alexandra moved to Austin, TX where she is the Managing Director of ensemble-based theatre collective Rude Mechs. She holds a BA in Psychology from Georgetown University and an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.
Tonya Bludsworth (Creator) has been in the Entertainment Industry for almost 15 years doing everything from Production Coordinating to Producing Indie projects. As a writer, she has received local acclaim for her plays Carrie Ann’s Kiss and Least Likely Friends. Directing credits include Miss Firecracker Contest, Least Likely Friends, Chatting with the Tea Party at ATC’s NuVoices Festival and most recently Shiloh Rules for donna scott productions where she is also a producing partner. She is currently a working actor and her TV and film acting credits include Secrets & Lies, Homeland, Army Wives, Drop Dead Diva and We’re The Millers. She also does Industrial Training videos and has been in numerous TV commercials - both on screen and as a voice-over artist. Bludsworth also works as a casting director for Corrigan and Johnston Casting.
Matt Cosper (Creator) is an interdisciplinary artist and educator working in theatre and performance. Since 2001 Matt has acted in and directed professional productions for Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, Charlotte Shakespeare, Barebones Theatre Group, Davidson Community Players, Theatre Charlotte, The Farm and Oregon Children’s Theatre. Matt has worked extensively in the creation of new works for the stage, as both a writer and director. His work has appeared at Richard Foreman’s Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, The Collapsible Hole (RIP) and with Urban Theatre in Pristina, Kosovo. In 2009 Cosper founded XOXO (formerly Machine Theatre), an ensemble of local theatre artists who have created nine original works in five years. Matt has won Theatre Person of the Year recognition from Creative Loafing Magazine (2010) and The Charlotte Arts and Theatre Awards (2014). Matt is the Director of Theater Arts for Charlotte Latin School.
About Actor's Theatre of Charlotte
The mission of Actor's Theatre of Charlotte is to present, in an intimate environment, bold and innovative new works by contemporary playwrights who share our respect for language and humanity. Our philosophy and goal continue to be the presentation of regional premieres of thought provoking, challenging and entertaining contemporary plays. Actor's Theatre is the only professional theatre in the region that dedicates its entire programming to new works that are daring, offbeat and, yes, sometimes controversial. Through the years we have remained steadfast to this original mission and philosophy and hopefully will continue to be your entertainment source for these exciting new plays for years to come.
Actor's Theatre of Charlotte is supported in part by an Operating Support Grant from the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte/Mecklenburg, Inc., by a State Arts Resources Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, and by an Operating Grant from the Shubert Foundation.
nuVoices and PUBLIC GOOD are made possible through a grant from the Knight Foundation.