The Front Porch Presents: The Gina Chavez Trio & Rain Collectors in Concert to Benefit Conspire Theatre


September 24th Fundraiser

On September 24th, The Front Porch will host Conspire Theatre, the Gina Chavez Trio, and Rain Collectors for an evening of performance and discussion. Proceeds will benefit Conspire Theatre’s work with formerly incarcerated women. When: Thursday, September 24th from 7 to 9 p.m. Where: All Saints’ Episcopal Church 209 W. 27th Street Austin, TX 78705 What: The Front Porch will present an evening of fun, music, and performance benefitting Conspire Theatre’s ongoing work with formerly incarcerated women.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m., so come early to grab a drink and mingle, then enjoy music from The Gina Chavez Trio and Rain Collectors, an excerpt from Conspire Theatre’s new play, “Mothers & Daughters,” and a discussion with the artists. Why: All proceeds support the development of Conspire Theatre’s 2016 production of their new play, “Mothers & Daughters.” Created and performed by an ensemble of Austin women who have experienced jail or … Continue reading


Inside Creativity

When Kat asked me to guest teach with her at the jail last Friday, I was really excited about it.  Ever since I met Kat after a screening of “What I Want My Words to do to You” (about playwright Eve Ensler’s work in prisons), I had been wanting to experience Conspire Theatre’s version of prison theatre.  Last summer I worked with Still Point Theatre Collective in Chicago, co-teaching a twice weekly theatre/creative writing workshop for women at the Cook County jail that culminated in the performance of their original play.  I looked forward to trading notes with Kat about the joys and challenges of doing theatre in these institutions.      As we drove up to the Travis County Jail parking lot, my memories from Cook County came rushing back to me.  I suddenly had nerves I hadn’t felt since my first time teaching in the jail last summer.  Would … Continue reading