Livestreaming a Conversation: ShopTalk with Jacob G. Padrón and Cheyenne Barboza


JACK presents ShopTalk with Jacob G. Padrón and Cheyenne Barboza livestreaming on the commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Thursday 7 October 2021 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

As part of their ShopTalk series interviewing arts workers connecting theater and community in inspiring ways, JACK founder and co-director Alec Duffy leads a conversation with two members of the team at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut: artistic director Jacob G. Padrón and head of community partnerships, Cheyenne Barboza. The discussion will focus on their vision of the role of the Long Wharf in New Haven, and their efforts to connect with communities in New Haven that hadn’t previously had a relationship with the Long Wharf.

Jacob G. Padrón is the Artistic Director of Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. He is also the Founder and Artistic Director of The Sol Project, a national theater initiative that works in partnership with leading theater companies to amplify the voices of Latinx playwrights in New York City and beyond. Padrón has held senior-level artistic positions at theater companies across the country. He was the Senior Line Producer at The Public Theater where he worked on new plays, new musicals, Shakespeare in the Park, and Public Works. He was formerly the Producer at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago where he supported the artistic programming in the Garage – Steppenwolf’s dedicated space for new work, new artists, and new audiences. From 2008 to 2011, he was an Associate Producer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where he was instrumental in producing all shows in the 11-play repertory. Under the guidance of his late mentor Diane Rodriguez, he served as the producer of Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days/365 Plays for Center Theatre Group, a collaboration that included over 50 theater companies to launch Festival 365 in Los Angeles. He is a co-founder of the Artist Anti-Racism Coalition, a grassroots movement committed to dismantling structural racism within the Off-Broadway community. Jacob is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University (BA) and Yale School of Drama (MFA). His first artistic home was El Teatro Campesino located in San Juan Bautista, CA.

Cheyenne Barboza is a Connecticut based award-winning Director and Playwright. Directing credits include: The Agitators (Theatre Horizon), The Wiz (Theatre in the X), The Last Seven Shakers (InterAct Theatre Co.), Cartons of Ultrasounds (ReFocus Fest), Trade (Inis Nua Theatre Co.), Directors JAM (Pirronne Yousefzadeh & Directors Gathering), Running Numbers (Playwright, Theatre in the X), The Secret Life of Wonder: A Prologue in G (ReFocus Fest). Assistant Director credits include: How I Learned What I Learned (Dir. Malika Oyetimein, Arden Theatre Co.), The Mountaintop (Dir. Patricia McGregor, PTC). Barboza received a BFA in Directing, Playwriting & Production from The University of the Arts.

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