Uncommon Voices

Uncommon Voices is a new work developmental residency program that gives artists working at the intersection of theatre and social change the tools to engage in a collaborative creative process to build stories that spark conversation and promote community. 

We offer support to artists to create genre-bending work and think deeply about the story they are telling, where it belongs and to whom it speaks. 

Originally launched in 2019, it was shut down due to Covid-19. Uncommon Voices returned in 2022 and will continue to grow as a program with a new strategy, in which we give the artists we work with greater support in two phases. 

Artists who enter the process for Phase One receive a commission and a sharing with a small audience in whatever form is appropriate to the piece. 

For artists that we select for Phase Two, we provide funding for an extended workshop with a small presentation based on the needs of the piece.

MARCH

UNTITLED.

MJ Kaufman

A week of rehearsals will investigate how to integrate live performance and film in the story.


APRIL

Spanglish Sh!t

Samora la Perdida

A bilingual brujería musical.

Book and Lyrics by Samora La Perdida, Music by Josiah Handelman and Matthew Zwiebel 

Small audience for work in progress presentation Monday, April 3rd

Spanglish Sh!t is the story of a transgender Puerto Rican named Brujita who grows up in an American high school and recognizes that turning his back on his origins causes havoc of the spiritual kind.


Red Hook History Project

Sarah Gancher & Jared Mezzocchi

MAY

CARRY YOU

Leila Buck

JUNE

CHALLENGER (WORKING TITLE)

Jared Mezzocchi

SEPTEMBER

BRICKS

Charlene Jean
Charlene Jean

BRICKS is an always-changing script template detailing the history-repeating shared injustice of “buried” towns, considers the spiritual implications of colonial gentrification, and reimagines the biblical story of Jericho as a communal work-strike to alleviate the shared suffering, particularly of our Black ancestors and our Unhoused.


SPACE BRIDGE

Irina Kruzhilina

PAST UNCOMMON VOICES

We are thrilled to give support to some of New York City’s most exciting creative voices. We hope you will donate to En Garde Arts to support our company and the artists we treasure.