The Charlestown Working Theater was founded on the idea that a theater and a community can engage in a dialogue which results in creative, artistic expression, an exchange of ideas, and a deeper understanding of the people who make up the community. CWT has maintained this philosophy throughout its history and has remained dedicated to serving the cultural needs of Charlestown and greater Boston.
We develop dynamic original performances; we produce the work of theater artists and companies, with a strong emphasis on developing new works; we offer affordable rehearsal and performance space to area theater companies; we produce popular community and youth productions; we offer quality theater, art, and music classes for children, largely free of charge; we make our space available to Charlestown organizations to use for meetings and events; we maintain a schedule of Special Events aimed at area families, and we offer free tickets to plays and events to local social service organizations.
In remaining dedicated to offering a variety of theatrical and cultural events, forming creative partnerships, and maintaining an open exchange with its community, CWT has developed a unique synthesis of artistic exploration.
Kristin Johnson, Jennifer Johnson, and John Peitso have worked together as Directors of the Charlestown Working Theater since 1993, and as collaborators on original performances since 1990. Their current work Under the Sailing Moon will be presented throughout 2006-2007.
Jennifer Johnson was born and raised in Charlestown, and has been Co-Director of The Charlestown Working Theater since 1993. She directed the two most recent works of CWT's performance group, The Carniale du Madjack and The Remnant, and established The Resident Artist Series, a performance series featuring the original work of Boston and Massachusetts area theatre artists. Johnson toured in Central Europe and the U.S., performing and teaching as a member of Double Edge Theatre, with whom she worked from 1993-2003. She has twice received awards from the MIT Council for the Arts. With her colleagues at the CWT, she has developed a unique theatre training program for young children that focuses on physical games and imagination development. Johnson attended Boston University's School for Theatre Arts, concentrating in Theatre Studies.
Kristin Johnson, a Charlestown native, has served as Co-Director of the Charlestown Working Theater since 1993, during which time the theater has enjoyed a period of fiscal and artistic growth. As a core and founding member of the CWT performance group, she has developed, directed, and acted in numerous original productions at CWT and around Boston. She has established ongoing successful and innovative educational and community programming at CWT. Kristin was also a long time member of the New Ehrlich Theater Company, Boston. She collaborated with Obie-award winning artist Robbie McCauley to create Turf, and in 1996 recorded this performance work for National Public Radio. She attended Hampshire College, and trained in stage composition with New York's Via Theater and actor development with Double Edge Theater, with whom she worked from 1994-1998. She has used her training and experience in experimental theatre to develop an exceptional training program for children at CWT. She is a recipient of the Daniel McGoff Award for outstanding community service in Charlestown, and an MIT Council for the Arts award.
John Peitso has been the Technical Director and Musical Director of the Charlestown Working Theater since 1993. He is a composer, musician, actor and technical designer. Peitso has overseen major renovations to the CWT facility, a Victorian-era firehouse. He toured with Double Edge Theatre from 1994-2003 in the U.S. and abroad, performing, managing tours, and doing research as part of the Eastern European research project Republic of Dreams. Peitso was a Training Leader at the International Consortium for Theatre Practices in the U.S. and Poland for three years with DET, and worked on artist Ann Hamilton's installation "Myein" at the U.S. Pavilion at the 1999 Venice Biennale. Peitso teaches music and singing to children at the CWT. He received a BFA in Theatre Studies from Boston University. He also works as an art installer at Harvard University's art museums.
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