Today we’d like to introduce you to Cyd Prather.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I started The Tiny Theater Company to provide paying artistic opportunities to people of color. To give them a safe space to explore, take risks, play, laugh, cry, and create at their fullest potential. I want to heal our culture, remind us that we have the right to be as big, bold, and powerful as we want to be. The theater started in a small studio where we produced monthly comedy shows featuring local black comedians, and Safe Space: A performance art music festival/forum where we curated musicians, artists, and performance artists for performances on Race, Sex, Religion, and Politics. We opened our 1st theatrical season with my adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo&Juliet, where we used, dance, music, and improv to communicate this classic story.
Please tell us about your art.
I like to create experiences. I am currently exploring a combination of writing, live theater and film to tell classic stories. I like my theater to flow like film, and I want to capture the up-close and personal intimacy of TV/film with the live interaction intimacy of theater. I make art to heal: Others and myself. I make art to express a thought, emotion, or idea. Art is my main form of communication. When people leave a Tiny Theater production, I want them to feel like they’ve learned something: whether about themselves, life in general, or just a new perspective on what a live theater experience can be. I want people to leave inspired and enlightened. The community should know that I am a theater for the people. I make art for the culture.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
I define success by the amount of work put into a project. If you work at 110%, no matter the outcome, you will have succeeded. You will have grown, you will have learned, and that is success in my opinion. I think the main quality of a successful person is perseverance. The ability to keep going when things seem to be falling apart, to keep working even when you are exhausted, to keep going when every obstacle imaginable is placed in front of you.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Follow The TINY Theater Company on Instagram and Facebook for events and updates. You can find our theatrical work at The Windmill Arts Center in East Point. If you’d like to support, please come see our plays and follow us on all social media accounts. If you’d like to become a sponsor or donate email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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