The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation Awards Theatre Enrichment Grant to PCS at The Armory

Posted 25 May 2017

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DeLanna Studi. Photo by VanderVeen Photographers.

We are thrilled to be one of six arts organizations recently selected to receive a Theatre Enrichment Grant from The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation. The Seattle-based foundation awarded a $15,000 grant in support of our production of DeLanna Studi’s And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears, part of The Armory’s 2017-18 season.

Theatre Enrichment is one of the Biller Family Foundation’s four focus areas, with a goal to foster the art form by expanding access to inspiring productions and immersive educational experiences. Grants aim to support excellent artistic content that also promotes important conversations around timely social issues.

And So We Walked relates actor and playwright DeLanna Studi’s experience as a contemporary Cherokee woman who goes on a six-week, 900-mile journey with her father along the Trail of Tears in search of her heroic self. Journeying between the past, the present, and the dream world, this frank and funny dramatic memoir draws on interviews, historical research, and the artist’s personal experience to convey the complexities and conflicts with which Ms. Studi and the Cherokee people wrestle. (To learn more about the play, you can hear an interview with DeLanna Studi here: https://youtu.be/qAAx3MCNY_M).

PCS at The Armory’s production – scheduled for March 31-May 13, 2018 in the Ellyn Bye Studio – will be the work’s West Coast premiere. In conjunction with the play, we will be partnering with curator Deana Dartt, the Oregon Historical Society, and other artists, experts, and organizations to offer a variety of education and community programs. Be on the lookout next spring at our Education & Community Programs page for more information about storytelling workshops, "Performance Perspectives" discussions, lobby exhibits, and more.

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