Guns, Theater, & Community Engagement

Jennifer L. Nelson, resident director of Mosaic Theater Company of DC

Mosaic Theater Company of DC is the District’s newest company, just completing its first year of “transformational, socially-relevant art” with an emphasis on plays from conflict zones. Jennifer L. Nelson, Resident Director of Mosaic, is a professional who has worked in nearly every aspect of theater over the last 40 years and a professor whose classes include “Theatre for Social Change.” As part of We Act Radio’s “Orange Out” for National Gun Violence Awareness #WearOrange Day, Nelson joins the Education Town Hall June 2 to share some ways Mosaic has been engaging different communities, and different age groups, around complex, emotional topics, including gun violence. Nia 2X, president of the local chapter of the National Action Network, joins the discussion to share perspectives from the civil rights group, including its effort to National Gun Violence Awarenss Month.

L-R: Spatz, Jennifer Nelson, Nia 2X, Byrd
Spatz, Jennifer Nelson, Nia 2X, Byrd (L-R) in studio

Nelson directed Mosaic’s production of “Gospel of Lovingkindness,” a play centering around a single moment of gun violence. In addition to its official run, Mosaic creates educational programs in a variety of settings using this play, which is based loosely on the story of Hadiya Pendleton. It was Hadiya’s friends who launched “Project Orange Tree,” which has evolved into the national #WearOrange day. We Act Radio’s “Orange Out” seeks to keep youth in communities like Hadiya’s centered in conversations about gun violence and solutions.

The Education Town Hall broadcasts from Historic Anacostia
in Washington, DC, Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. Eastern
on We Act Radio.
Listen live via TuneIn.
Shows are archived for convenient listening shortly after broadcast.

The Education Town Hall BUS is a monthly program
organized by BadAss Teachers, United Opt Out, and SOS March.
The program regularly airs on the 4th Thursday of each month.

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