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We’re excited to announce the launch of the 2014 Artist-Investigator project!
Click here to read about the new Artist-Investigators and the community organizations they are working with.

The Artist-Investigator Project asks artists to lead our investigation into what the performances of the future might look like, and help us discover what happens when the arts are more deeply integrated into community life.

We are delighted to announce this year’s four Artist-Investigators:

Paul Flores working with Causa Justa::Just Cause
Elizabeth Gjelten working with DISH (Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing)
Krista De Nio working with Berkeley Food and Housing
Dr. Ayodele Nzinga working with Green Life Project/Pathways to Resilience

The 2014 Artist-Investigator program creates partnerships between artists and non-profit organizations to investigate how the skills of theater artists can help address community issues.

We will be partnering with four community-based organizations that employ direct-service or advocacy to advance a cause or improve the lives of their constituents. These organizations—leaders in their fields—are working on pressing issues in our community. They bring to the table broad connections with stakeholders in their issue area and proven experience in developing strategies that deliver services or change public perceptions.

How can theater artists help advance the work of these organizations?

Our Hypothesis: Theater artists have key skills that can be deployed outside the rehearsal room to help community organizations to advance their missions.

Our Experiment Model: Four artists with experience in performance and community engagement will be selected via an open call, by a screening committee that includes our four partner organizations. Each artist will work with one organization to develop a project together. These small-budget projects will be conducted over the course of one year, and documented carefully so they can serve as models for future collaborations between our sectors. Projects will be driven by the needs of the partner organization and will identify what theatrical skills, techniques, and processes will be most useful to that organization. Projects may or may not include public or invited performances.

2013 Round

In 2013 the Artist-Investigator project sought to support artists from a variety of disciplines—theater, dance, performance and visual art, multidisciplinary artists, and those exploring social practice—who were curious about what the performances of the future may look like. The ten selected projects presented a wide range of topics explored in various mediums, from a QR-code based, choose-your-own adventure play, to multiple responses to the ongoing problem of violence in Bay Area cities, to a crowd-sourced video of hundreds of people performing the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. Each Artist-Investigator received a $3,000 stipend, plus $1,000 for project expenses.

You can read about the 2013 experiments here.

Read a summary of 2013 Artist-Investigator projects here.


The Andrew Mellon Foundation and The James Irvine Foundation continue to fund all the programs of the Triangle Lab. Additional funding for the 2013 round of Artist-Investigator was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and by the MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program: Think It, Do It.


Coming soon.