Upcoming Workshops:

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Meet: Nilaja Sun
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Nilaja Sun’s award-winning solo piece No Child… was commissioned and produced by Epic Theatre Ensemble. For her creation and performance of No Child... and its subsequent international tour, Nilaja garnered twenty-one awards including: an Obie Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards including the John Gassner Playwriting Award for Outstanding New American Play, a Theatre World Award, the Helen Hayes Award, two NAACP Theatre Awards, and was awarded the soloNOVA Award for Artist of the Year by terraNOVA Collective.


Nilaja Sun’s Pike St. was also commissioned and produced by Epic Theatre Ensemble and had its world premiere at the Abrons Arts Center in the Lower East Side, which was followed by an international tour of the show at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Pillsbury House, Detroit Public Theatre, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, as well as Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia.


Appearing frequently in film and on television, Nilaja has appeared in Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, BrainDead, 30 Rock, Law & Order: SVU, Unforgettable, Louie, The International, Youth in Oregon and Rubicon. 


A native of the Lower East Side, she is a Princess Grace Award recipient, and has worked proudly as a teaching artist in New York City for over 20 years.

On the Panel:


Danell Reese

Writer, Producer, Director


John-Michael Parker

Executive Director,

Arts for Learning CT


Grace Clark

Actress, Teaching Artist,

Hartford Stage

This event is currently being post-poned to a later date. Stay tuned for updated details.

Who is....?

Derron Wood

Derron Wood was recently awarded Connecticut’s Arts Hero award in 2020. He has been on the roster of CT teaching artists since the mid 90’s. Derron has conducted hundreds of HOT School residencies for all grade levels throughout the state and has taught professional development for teachers and teaching professionals alike. As the Artistic Director of New London’s Flock Theatre, Derron is a believer that theatre is the study of life, and that a director’s work is to create an imitation of life that explores the connections of humanity and nature.