Collective Consciousness Theatre was founded in 2001, by Dexter J. Singleton and Liz Stanley. Our first production was Little Brother, first performed in NYC at Off-Off Broadway’s Theatre 1050. To get the word out on our new show, we decided to do a two evening run at the Little Theater in New Haven, CT. From the buzz created those nights, we were asked to do a short school tour. We loved it and the rest is, as you say it… history!
Here’s a short time line of how other Collective Consciousness programs were created:
- 2001: Little Brother, written by Dexter J. Singleton was created and performed, later touring to middle schools, high schools, professional theatres, prisons, juvenile facilities, and other communities across the country.
- 2002: Young Audiences of Connecticut commissioned Dexter J. Singleton to write and direct I’m Just a Superhero to tour to Connecticut elementary schools.
- 2002: Dexter meets CT playwright Aaron Jafferis and they decide to collaborate on Jafferis’ No Lie: A Hip Hop Bus Trip, with Singleton directing and touring the piece across the country to middle schools, high schools, juvenile facilities, professional theatres, and other communities.
- 2005: Singleton writes and directs Harriet Tubman: The Story of the Underground Railroad, featuring Tamara Malawitz and tours it to elementary and middle schools throughout CT.
- 2006: Dexter writes and directs Struggle for Freedom to meet the middle and high schools need for touring history plays.
- 2006: Singleton directs Jafferis’ Shakespeare: The Remix, adding to Collective Consciousness Theatre’s growing roster of dynamic and innovative programming.
- 2007: Dexter J. Singleton becomes Executive Director/Board Chair of Collective Consciousness Theatre after the organization gains its not for profit 501.c.3 status.
- 2010: Collective Consciousness Theatre receives the Artist of the Year Award from Young Audiences of CT, being recognized for our excellent programming for youth and communities across the state.
- 2010: Children’s Theatre Foundation of America awards us the 2010 Aurand Harris Grant to support our new production Give Us Free.
- 2011: Stories of a New America premieres in June after a year and a half of interviews and development with IRIS.
- 2013: Our Ignition Series premieres to a sold out house featuring five local artists with original performances based on the theme of freedom. How to Break is performed in New Haven in NYC at HERE and in New Haven.
- 2014: How to Break performs a sold out show at the SPKRBOX Hip Hop Theatre Festival in Oslo, Norway. We open our 2014-15 season with Detroit ’67 by Dominique Morisseau, our first play by a writer outside of our collective.
- 2015: In honor of MLK, we present a staged reading of The Mountaintop by Katori Hall in January. How to Break returns in a collaboration with Hartbeat Ensemble in March in Hartford and a spring production of Gidion’s Knot by Johnna Adams closes our 2014-15 Season.