Executive & Artistic Director
Judy Dworin founded the Judy Dworin Performance Project, Inc. (JDPP) in 1989 based on a commitment to the important role the arts can and do play in challenging and creating change – personal, educational, and global. In addition to her work as JDPP’s Executive Director, Artistic Director to the Ensemble, and co-architect of the Moving Matters! Educational Residency Program, Judy conceived and directs the Bridging Boundaries outreach program for those affected by incarceration. This includes a 12-year residency at York Correctional Institution for women in Niantic, CT where she and her collaborative team lead a year-long performance residency as well as a Moms and Kids outreach and weekend arts engagement. In 2016, the program spanned to serve men at the Cybulski Reintegration Center in Enfield, CT. She also leads a comprehensive in-school program for youth with parents in prison and an arts outreach with Trinity College students and women reentering the community from prison affiliated with Hartford’s Resettlement House, called New Beginnings.
Judy has taught residencies in Bulgaria and Taiwan as well as throughout New England. She is on the Teaching Roster for the State of Connecticut and is the recipient of many awards, the most recent as an honoree for “Voice and Vision” by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. She is presently a Professor Emerita in Theater and Dance at Trinity College, where she established the Dance Program, co-founded the Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts Semester in New York City, and chaired the Department of Theater and Dance for many years.
The professional Ensemble, now in its twenty-seventh year, produces original dance/theater performance works for the stage that explore social justice issues through inventive juxtapositions of movement, visual elements, text and song. Nineteen large-scale productions and many smaller performance pieces comprise their repertoire. Topics explore gender, racial injustice and, in the last decade, a series of works that investigate issues of mass incarceration through the lens of those who have experienced it.
Judy contributed a chapter to the book, “Performing New Lives: Prison Theatre”, edited by Jonathan Shailor, and published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers that discusses the initiating JDPP program with the women of York CI that has catalyzed the powerful trajectory of Judy’s work with the incarcerated and their families.