As part of the first-ever *snap* First Person Arts Festival, the Flynn sent out an RFP for artists from New England and New York to submit original theater works told from a first-person perspective. Writers, poets, rappers, storytellers, and other solo performers were invited to apply and submit a proposal. From this open call, five solo performers have been selected to perform in Flynn Space, This evening celebration includes opportunities for audience feedback and conversation. We believe that everyone has stories to tell and sharing them teaches empathy as they allow us to recognize commonalities and learn about each other’s unique experiences.
Alex is a dancer, improviser, conceptual performance artist, teaching artist, and community organizer. They have a unique path to performance that entwines a background in competitive athletics, studies of earth science, a passion for community organizing, and a fascination with alchemizing grief. They weave music, sound, text, physical theater, and dance composition. They dance because they love it, because when they think about how they want to live each day, they want to live dancing.
Arshan Gailus is a queer, non-binary artist of color who plays with storytelling, personal presence, sounds, music, spoken words, written texts, drawings, movement, and video. Their performance work was most recently seen at the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the piece Ellie and Arshan Do a Show and Tell. They have also worked extensively in the theater as a composer and sound designer for a variety of companies. Arshan holds a B.S. in music from MIT and is a candidate for an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts with a concentration in Performance Creation at Goddard College.
Molly Kirschner, poet, dramatist, and performer, is a resident playwright of Rising Sun Performance Company and currently resides in Colchester, Vermont. Her play L’appel du Vide was a finalist for ThinkTank Theatre’s 2021 TYA Playwrights Festival, which has a monologue from it included in Best Men’s Stage Monologues 2018. Her new full-length play Woman With A Parasol had a staged reading at Jersey City Theater Center in May of 2022. Two monologues from this play are forthcoming respectively in Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2023 and Best Men’s Stage Monologues 2023.
Phoebe Dunn is a NY based actor, producer, and writer, as well as a graduate of the Julliard School of Drama (Group 42). She has appeared on network television shows such at The Looming Tower (Hulu), Almost Family (Fox), FBI Most Wanted (CBS), New Amsterdam (NBC), and Dead Ringers (Amazon). Her short film RED. which she wrote, produced, and starred in, screened at thirteen film festivals including Cinequest and LAFemme.
Ron Jenkins is a recipient of Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships. His prison theater work in Indonesia, Italy, and the U.S. has been supported by the R.F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, the Asian Cultural Council, and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. Jenkins has written books on theater and social justice as well as articles for the New York Times, the Jakarta Post, and the Yale ISM Review.
In The Bread of Angels: Decoding Dante Behind Bars, Ron Jenkins asks himself why he has spent so many years teaching Dante's Inferno in prison, and wonders if it might have something to do with his brief incarceration in a South African apartheid jail, the long-hidden secret of his family's criminal history, or the decapitated saints of his grandmother's village in Italy.