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Polybe + Seats + DTE

(+ the Waterfront Museum + The Brooklyn Rail…)

Remember that post about former DTE’er Katya Schapiro’s upcoming show with her company, Polybe + Seats? The show- A Thousand Thousand Slimy Things (say that x times fast)- continues to build interest as the performances approach.

The Brooklyn Rail just did a nice piece on the company’s process, the show, and the way they got down to the barge for their Earth Day-aligned performances.  And props to Katya for dropping a DTE mention:

Schapiro previously worked for Dance Theatre Etcetera, a performing arts organization headquartered across the street from the Barge. Through DTE’s Executive Director, Martha Bowers, Schapiro got to know the proprietor of the Barge, David Sharps. “When the time came for us to find a place to do Slimy Things, we couldn’t think of a more appropriate location.”

Check out the entire piece for more interesting factoids (including the story behind Brooklyn’s own merman). Can’t wait to see the show!

Ecology and Experimental Theater

Two great things that go great together.

Actually, I’m talking about the latest show from Polybe + Seats, the theater company that former DTE GM Katya Schapiro often works with.  The Red Hook connection doesn’t end there, though:

Inspired by the Weeki Wachee Mermaid Park – one of the nation’s oldest roadside attractions (and smallest cities) – A THOUSAND THOUSAND SLIMY THINGS is a floating fantasia, staged on board a docked barge in Brooklyn’s historic Red Hook District.

That barge, of course, is the barge, AKA the Waterfront Museum, AKA home of our friends and neighbors, the Sharps family.

Sounds like a groovy production, and with an Earth Day tie-in to boot. Take a look at the P + S website for details.

Blog Torch, continued

Hi blog readers,

I’m Jon. Like Julia said, her time as the media and marketing manager for DTE has come to an end. Very sad. In her final days, though, she was able to give me some great training (or bad training! we’ll find out!) and I’m really excited to work with Martha, Katya, and everyone else in the extended DTE family.

I’d love to hear from you guys- questions, suggestions, comments- anything is welcome. Check out what I’ve been doing. We’re able to relax a little right now, but we have some exciting events coming up. For details/just to say hi, send me an email- jon@dtetc.org.


So, who had fun?

Thank you to the weather, thank you to all of our community partners and funders, and especially…THANK YOU for coming!

Don’t forget about all of our volunteers – especially those from South Brooklyn Community High School and Brooklyn International High School!

Check out our first batch of pics!

Trip to the New Vic

Julia, Katya, and the awesome students from DTE and Good Shepherd Services Creative After-School Adventures Program at P.S. 27 journeyed to midtown for the New Vic’s Past-Half Remembered.
We laughed, we cried, we tried to avoid getting spit on by the actors.A great time was had by all! And the coolest part – CASA students and teachers asked many thought-provoking questions at the talkback!

Brilliant Bread Blog

What does our Managing Director do in her time off?Click the pic to read her blog.

Katya Bakes

Not only does she balance budgets, but she also nourishes DTE staff.


Welcome Katya!

DTE happily welcomes a new staff member! Katya Schapiro will now be serving as DTE’s General Manager.

Katya Schapiro is an actor, director, writer, teacher, dramaturg, and manager/producer. Katya comes to DTE from Brooklyn Arts Exchange, where she has been serving as Interim Operations Manager. She has also worked at The Flea Theater.

Katya is a producing company member of Polybe + Seats theater company. Katya conceived and co-produces Polybe’s SpeakEasy series, at which she has performed and directed, and Play Group first reading evenings.

Katya’s first full length play, Better Angels, had a short run at the Bushwick Starr in October ‘07, and will be returning for a longer run in the Fall of ’08, directed by Shira Milikowsky. Katya is a graduate of Barnard College, and has trained with Vernice Miller of ALAT and at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA.