PUSH Physical Theatre has an international reputation as one of the U.S.’s leading physical theatre companies. In fact, as you’re reading this, we’re performing in Jerusalem at the International Jewish Festival, while preparing to go Off-Broadway with Generic Male, our show that was chosen for The International Fringe Encore Series featuring the best productions from fringe theater festivals across the globe.
But wherever we tour, a big part of our hearts stays here in Rochester. And a big part of our passion is with the other side of our mission: working with disadvantaged youth, vulnerable older adults and others right here in Rochester to tell the stories that might otherwise never be told.
Here’s what we’re planning for 2023:
• LOUD and CLEAR. Our latest initiative. Teens who are non-verbal communicators and use wheelchairs will choreograph PUSH teaching artists and direct their stories. The thoughts and stories of these teens will be heard, seen and experienced loudly and clearly.
• Artist-in-Residence at Villa of Hope. Here we work with teens with complex emotional, behavioral and educational needs. We learn to tell their own stories, along with skills that will help them succeed in school and throughout their lives. Many have had very little have very little consistency in their lives, especially from adult role models. We want to keep coming back for them.
• PUSH for Artful Aging. We’re working to re-build our pre-pandemic program, providing workshops in creative movement, self-expression and storytelling for adults over 60 in senior facilities including low-income seniors and those with disabilities.
• FLUSH: Your Future Self Will Thank You. When a kidney doctor came to us looking for a way to help prevent young people from becoming his patients as adults, who were we to say no? FLUSH, a performance and talkback with teens, will be piloted at a school this January and we hope to continue to develop it for roll-out at schools across Monroe County.
Your gift today will directly support these programs, bringing the healing power of physical theatre to some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
We focus on: Arts and Culture, Education
Where we are: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates
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