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SUMMER FESTIVALS
AT THE TANK

A focus on new performance and storytelling by LGBTQIA+, women, and POC creators.

RED EMMA & THE MAD MONK by Alexis Roblan, directed by Katie Lindsay (August 2018)

SUMMER FESTIVALS AT THE TANK

Summer is Festival Season at The Tank! Led by Rosalind Grush, Co-Artistic Director, our Summer Festival Program provides our artists and audiences a focus on new performance works and storytelling by theater makers who identify as LGBTQIA, women, and people of color.


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We are turning off the lights! In this Festival and environmental initiative, The Tank celebrates innovative performance that utilizes self-sufficient and alternative energy sources. Artists are using everything from glow-in-the-dark mouth guards to flashlights and more to shed some light on their work. Don't worry - we keep the AC on.



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LadyFest features new work by some of the most exciting lady and gender non-conforming artists in New York - in celebration of womanhood and the female voice, in all its glory.

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Over the course of one week, The Tank opens the floor to a wide variety of performances and discussions surrounding the topics of sexuality, gender, and equality. The works presented celebrates this community, addresses challenges that are still faced as we strive for equal civil rights, and evokes or gives way to new ideas and perceptions on how we define ourselves, individually, within our own community, and in the global community at large. Whether through unity or discordance, these performances and discussions, workshops and forums, ought to shed light on the dynamic individuals and groups who make up the vibrant LGBTQIA+ community.


AUGUST: SPEAK UP RISE UP STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

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Speak Up, Rise Up is a storytelling festival that aims to amplify the voices of communities and people we don’t get to hear from.  Through live, personal storytelling, we combine both traditional and non-traditional storytellers on the big stage for curated events that share personal experiences.  The first festival was held in August 2017 at the Connelly Theater. The second festival was held in August 2018 at The Tank.

Over 100 people took the stage throughout the week.  The shows highlighted diversity in subject matter - immigration stories, stories of LGBTQ rights, stories of incarcerated people; and diversity of performers – the festival featured a majority of female performers and majority people of color.  There were 7 community partners – Planned Parenthood NYC, Lady Parts Justice League, NYC Veteran’s Alliance, Razom for Ukraine, the Muslim Community Network, Theater of the Oppressed, and the Future Project – who all shared personal stories from their membership.  These organizations were also offered personal storytelling workshops to their members, which were run prior to the festival. 

https://www.speakupriseup.com/