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March 18, 2021
6:30 PM
Online via Zoom
Free. Registration required.
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A Conversation With Culture-Keepers About Local Indigenous History *via Zoom*

Thursday, March 18, 2021

New Repertory Theatre, Pigsgusset Initiative, and the Watertown Free Public Library invite you to a dynamic community conversation about local Indigenous history and the role of Indigenous culture-keepers in challenging narratives that attempt to erase them. In May of 2021, New Rep will premiere their second Moving Play, centering on local Indigenous history. This event affords members of the community a unique opportunity to speak with the Moving Play Playwright, Mwalim Morgan J. Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag), and Director, Jaime Carrillo (Aymara). Dr. Mishy Lesser, Upstander Project/Pigsgusset Initiative, will moderate this inspired dialogue, which includes you as the audience. Pigsgusset Initiative is a working group of Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice, and the Environment.

Jaime Carrillo (Director of Indigenous Moving Play) 
In New York, Jaime Carrillo directed 365 Days/Plays at The Public Theater on behalf of The Classical Theatre of Harlem, where he was a company member for six years. His direction of LYNCH PLAY, an examination of slavery and racism in the U.S., recreated segregated seating for audiences and received an AUDELCO award nomination. Locally, Jaime recently directed a mini-tour of Jose Rivera's Cloud Tectonics in association with the Hyde Square Task Force, which included stops in Jamaica Plain, Downtown Boston, Gloucester, and Boston University, in order to engage different communities with local artists of color. Jaime is also a Lucille Lortel Award winning producer. He was associate producer for the renown Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, featuring public art organization CREATIVE TIME and Wendell Pierce. Jaime received his B.A. with honors from Brandeis University and is a graduate of the William Esper Studio.

Mwalim (Morgan James Peters) (Playwright of Indigenous Moving Play)
Mwalim “DaPhunkee Professor” (Morgan James Peters) is a multi-award-winning storyteller/spoken word artist, playwright, oral historian, singer, songwriter, music producer, filmmaker, and educator. Born in Bronx, NY., and raised in both New York and Mashpee, MA, he is a graduate of Music & Art High School (now known as LaGuardia), he is a trained violist, jazz pianist and composer. Performing at Carnegie Hall before the age of 14, and by 16, one of the youngest studio session players in EMI history; he is currently, the keyboardist and a singer for the multi-Grammy nominated soul-funk band The GroovaLottos. His plays, solo performance pieces, and experimental films have been presented throughout the USA and Canada as well as the Caribbean and U.K. As an iconic part of the east coast underground art and music scenes for over 30 years, his stages have included theaters, schools, street corners, libraries, galleries, museums, festivals, powwows, jails, nightclubs, temples, community centers, and colleges throughout the country. His latest works include a novel, LAND of the BLACK SQUIRRELS (Thirty-Three Pages, 2020) and a forthcoming album projects by The GroovaLottos and a solo jazz album. Mwalim is a two-time recipient of the Yen Fellowship, several New England Urban Music Awards for jazz, the Healey Grant, the Osborne Fellowship, and a three-time recipient of the Ira Aldridge Theatre Fellowship. He is a tenured Associate Professor of English & Communications and Black Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth as well as the CEO of, and Head of Production for Polyphonic Studios, a recording studio and content creation company in Bourne, MA. Mwalim earned his BA in Music and MS in Film from Boston University, and his MFA in Writing from Goddard College. He received his formal training in theater arts and arts education from New African Company in Boston. 

Mishy Lesser (Upstander Project, Pigsgusset Initiative) (Moderator)
Mishy Lesser, Ed.D., a 19-year resident of Watertown, is learning director for the Upstander Project/Dawnland, and Education Fellow at Dodd Human Rights Impact at the University of Connecticut. She co-founded Pigsgusset Initiative to increase communication and promote collaboration among Watertown residents to undo the erasure of Indigenous Peoples from the place we call home and to promote inclusive historical narratives. Mishy is co-director of the Upstander Academy, a weeklong professional learning experience for teachers and museum educators that focuses on genocide to encourage upstanding in schools and museums.