Spoils of Akron Podcast


Episode 89 - Katie Beck’s Wonderful Drama

May 15, 2017

Gum-Dip Theatre Founder Katie Beck has been using the arts to transform communities in Akron. Her projects combine community organizing with social empowerment, and her participants are able to tell their stories using theatre as their medium. Katie sits down with Shane and Chris to talk about "Nepali Applause: An Open Air Market/Performance Festival," a two-day event at North Hill’s Exchange House May 27 and 28, which features art, music, dance and the debut of an original play devised by six Bhutanese refugees based on their personal experiences. Among her many projects, she works with teen girls in the South Street neighborhood, along with collaborating with Firestone Park residents to help tell the story of Akron’s rubber industry heyday. Katie also talks about her ideal one-woman play and teaches Shane and Chris how to swear in Nepali. Find out more info at http://www.gumdiptheatre.com/.