By Michelle Cruz

I’ve had the pleasure of being here only a few months as the Director of Community Engagement and I want to say a large thank you to those who have been such an integral part of our collective work here at Trinity Rep and in our community. I’d like to extend a special thank you to the people of this state and beyond who shared their personal stories, wrote plays for the 5th anniversary of America Too. America Too: It’s Our Health could not have been such a powerful work without our community workshop participants, artists, playwrights, actors, musicians and our partner, Business Innovation Factory. Stay tuned to what issue we tackle next year and catalyze conversation and action by putting the actual stories of our community at the center of the work. Thank you again for lending your voice and talents to us. This work could not be done without you.


A lively Context & Conversation for The Prince of Providence was held in the Aldermen Chambers in Providence City Hall in October with about 60 attendees discussing journalism’s place in democracy

We are pleased to offer our Context & Conversation series, co-produced by Trinity Rep and the Providence Public Library and our own Conversationalist-in-Residence, Christina Bevilacqua. This series is free and open to the public and is always hosted on a Monday from 6:00–8:00 pm.

Upcoming Context & Conversations include:

Who’s There?” co-presented with Community Partner Sophia Academy
Dec. 16, 2019; 6:00–8:00 pm,
at Sophia Academy in Providence
Inspired by Tanya Saracho’s Fade

Who Defines “Community Investment”? co-presented with Community Partner West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation
Feb. 10, 2020; 6:00–8:00 pm
at West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation’s Sankofa Community Room in Providence
Inspired by August Wilson’s Radio Golf

Only Connect” co-presented with Community Partner 134 Collaborative
March 9, 2020, 6:00–8:00 pm
at Mathewson St. Church and 134 Collaborative in Providence
Inspired by Brian McEleney’s A Tale of Two Cities

“A Day’s Wage” co-presented with Community Partner Slater Mill Museum April 20, 2020, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
at Slater Mill Museum in Pawtucket
Inspired by Lynn Nottage’s Sweat

“You’re Killing Me” co-presented with Community Partner Ellie’s
May 11, 2020, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
at Ellie’s in Providence
Inspired by Stephen Sondheim’s/Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street


On December 6, our own Scrooge will lead carolers to the tree lighting at City Hall and then gather for a Community Sing as part of the Winter Lights Celebration! Thanks to our partners, The Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, The Graduate, and Downtown Providence Park Conservancy. Want to join in on the fun? Head down to Burnside Park and celebrate the season with us!


Save the date for a Sunday Community Dinner for Radio Golf on March 1.