NEW GROUP NOW
Where Art Meets our Present Culture
NEW GROUP NOW is a new series of public forums which locate New Group shows within the larger context of American and/or global society.
The Future is Female
A discussion on feminine representation and politics
inspired by Sharr White’s The True.
Monday, October 22 at 7:00 - 8:30pm
The Alice Griffin Theatre at
The Pershing Square Signature Center
480 West 42nd Street
Free and Open to the Public
Framed by Sharr White’s The True, a panel of artists, advocates, educators, community organizers and political activists will come together to discuss the importance of the female voice in today’s political arena and how to continue to cultivate and support the future of women in politics.
Nancy Giles is an Emmy-winning contributor to “CBS News Sunday Morning,” and tries to be witty on various political panels on MSNBC. She’s acted in films and on TV and was recently Off-Broadway in The New Group’s Good For Otto by David Rabe. She’s also written and performed solo shows and is working on a collection of essays and true stories. Her podcast “The Giles Files” is on the Apple Podcast app, Google Play and Stitcher. Be cool and subscribe!
Christabel Cruz is the Director of National Education for Women's (NEW) Leadership™, a national program that engages college women in public leadership, at the Center for American Women and Politics, a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Christabel is also a current Ph.D. candidate in the department of political science at Rutgers, majoring in Women & Politics and minoring in American Politics and Race & Ethnicity Politics. Her graduate research explores Latina candidate emergence and political ambition in local ethnic politics. Christabel has previously worked in New York City politics as well as in multicultural student affairs and as a part-time lecturer at Rutgers-New Brunswick, teaching undergraduate political science courses. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Art History from Rutgers in 2011 and received a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers in 2013. In her free time, Christabel is a visual artist and writer and has coordinated community workshops for young people on political expression through the arts.
Meghan Finn (director) is the Co-Artistic Director of The Tank on 36th Street in Manhattan. RECENT DIRECTING: When We Went Electronic (The Tank October 25 - November 11, 2018), Manufacturing Mischief (The Tank, NYC; Serpentine Galleries London, Museo Jumex Mexico City, Canadian Stage; Carneigie Mellon; MIT), Charleses by Carl Holder (The Tank), DOOMOCRACY by Pedro Reyes (Creative Time); Sam's Tea Shack by Ben Gassman and Sam Soghor (The Tank/Barker Room Rep), The Offending Gesture by Mac Wellman (The Tank/3LD at the Connelly Theater); American Power by Mitch Epstein and Erik Friedlander (V&A London and The Wexner Center); The Downtown Loop by Ben Gassman (3LD/3D+ Productions/Teeth of Tooth Atelier); Take Me Home by Alexandra Collier set in a taxi cab (Incubator Arts Project/LPR), The Service Road by Erin Courtney (Adhesive Theater Project), Motel Cherry by Peggy Stafford (Summerworks Clubbed Thumb/New Georges) and 3 2's; or AFAR by Mac Wellman (Dixon Place).
Bella Pori is a law student and former government employee living in Brooklyn, New York. She worked for elected officials in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island as a community representative and legislative director. She was the co-founder of Call Them In, an email reminder service that encouraged people to call their senators and make their voices heard on a wide variety of progressive issues. Her writing can be found at westwingbestwing.com, where she breaks down political concepts in an easy to understand way. Follow her on Twitter, @BellaPori.
Born and raised in the South Bronx, Amanda Septimo has a long, rich history of service to the community that began with community activism in her teens. Over the years Amanda has worked with local community organizations to advance an agenda of inclusive, sustainable, and responsible growth in vulnerable communities, like The Bronx.
Most recently, Amanda Septimo worked with the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA) to ensure that school leaders and students have the resources they need to transform every school into a thriving learning environment.
Prior to joining CSA, Amanda Septimo spent four years working with Congressman Jose E. Serrano in The Bronx. In 2014, Amanda became one of the youngest serving senior staffers in Congress when she was promoted to District Director for the 15th Congressional District.
In September 2018, Amanda Septimo was a candidate in the Democratic primary election for New York State Assembly in The Bronx’s 84thDistrict.