Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Red Sage Stories/Playback Theatre & Art for Social Change

Red Sage Stories: Playback Theatre & Art for Social Change.

A Dorchester/Roxbury based performance troupe of predominately People of Color, multi-cultural, multi-lingual, and intergenerational.We create space for story telling, healing and empowerment for individuals and communities of diverse backgrounds through Playback Theatre and other performance art forms. Combining other performative arts such as staged readings and full production of devised plays with Playback Theatre troupe makes us unique. We are also the only Playback Theatre troupe that regularly performs with an ASL interpreter as part of our company. As artists, we strive to offer our audiences and collaborators an entertainingly aesthetic experience that is, at the same time, an invitation to increased creativity.  As activists, we see our troupe as a resource for individuals, community groups, and endeavors working towards social equity and justice. Red Sage Stories began in January 2017 as part of a Creative City Project, "The Table/La Mesa: THE WELCOME PROJECT", funded by NEFA.  Founder/director Melissa Nussbaum Freeman trained interested Dorchester/Roxbury artists in Playback Theatre and other performance skills in order to dramatize stories told by community residents. This effort resulted in a group of 8 performers (now 10). Since its beginnings, RSS has performed 63 times at 31 different venues including monthly performances at Haley House Bakery & Café, Roxbury.  Each performance is crafted responding to the needs of the hosting group and their audience considering the personal, community and social forces at play.      

I Have Worked With

  • August 2018

    Red Sage Stories performed four storytelling events especially designed for seniors and people with memory loss; commissioned by ds4si and Fairmount Cultural Corridor as part of Destination Upham's, A Pop-Up Community Arts Series.

  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Melissa
Job Title/Position: 
Founder/Director
Mailing Address: 
33 Dix St. Apt 3
Dorchester, MA 02122
Physical Address: 
33 Dix St Apt 3
Dorchester, MA 02122
Last Name: 
Nussbaum Freeman
Phone: 
857-753-0297

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Storytelling
Additional Disciplines: 
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Music - Rap / Hip-Hop
Theater - General
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Improv
Theater - Playwriting
Year Founded: 
2017
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
American Sign Language
Arabic
Creole
French
Portuguese
Spanish
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts Criticism / Journalism
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts in Healthcare
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
30
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Since Sept 2018, an ASL interpreter is part of Red Sage Stories events.