Citizen Arts

-Generating cultural dialogues through original artistic work-

MISSION

Citizen Arts and Education is a non-profit arts organization committed to generating cultural dialogue through the creation of original artistic work. 

 

Rob Reddy

Co-Artistic Director

Rob Reddy formed his first ensemble in 1989 featuring legendary bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Pheeroan akLaff. He has worked almost exclusively as a leader, with the exception of brief stints with Workman’s ensemble and Ronald Shannon Jackson’s Decoding Society.

He founded the Reddy Music label in 2006, and released “A Hundred Jumping Devils,” which earned him a Chamber Music America commission. His second release, “The Book of the Storm,” featured an all-star 19-piece ensemble performing the hour-long title piece, commissioned by NYSCA and the Jerome Foundation, at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Reddy has also been awarded commissions and grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Composers Forum, Meet the Composer, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the American Music Center and received two residencies at TPAC.

His seventh recording, Bechet: Our Contemporary, was released on September 11, 2015. The recording of the album is the subject of a full-length documentary by filmmaker David Castillo. Reddy used Sidney Bechet’s original compositions as a point of departure to create this work, intertwining four Bechet compositions with four of his own. Reddy sees this project as an honest and respectful attempt at honoring Bechet’s place in history as a seriously forward-thinking, avant-garde artist of his time, while also putting his work into conversation with our own, present-day sociopolitical landscape.

Reddy returned to the recording studio in July 2016 to record new music for his Citizen Quintet which features longtime collaborators John Carlson – trumpet, Brandon Ross – guitars, Dom Richards – double bass and Pheeroan akLaff – drums. This recording was released in September 2016.

He recently completed new music for his Bechet: Our Contemporary ensemble for which he received a 2015 Chamber Music America New Works Jazz Commission for. This new music premiered Fall 2016 and was recorded live for release on his Reddy Music label.

As well as the aforementioned projects, Reddy is also undertaking his most ambitious work to date with collaborators Oliver Lake and Meg Araneo: INTERRUPTION! produced by Citizen Arts and Education and Seed Artists. He along with Lake received a 2016 MAP Fund for INTERRUPTION! as well as a BRIC Arts Residency to present the project as a work in progress in April 2017

 

 

Meg Araneo

Co-Artistic Director

Meg Araneo is a Brooklyn-based theatre maker and scholar whose work focuses on the intersection of performance and the history of neurological impairments.

Having completed her BA in political science from Johns Hopkins University, Meg went on to earn an MFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University and the Moscow Art Theatre School. She spent several years working in the experimental theatre scene in New York City. She collaborated as a performer and dramaturg on several projects with Colombian director Javier Gutierrez. Together, along with a team of artists from Germany, Puerto Rico, Chile, and the United States, they devised physical theatre pieces based on such iconic texts as Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, Strindberg'sThe Pelican, Kirosowa's Rashomon, and Buchner's Woyzeck

With the desire to combine her practical work in the theatre with the scholarly study of performance and culture,  she returned to academia to pursue her Ph.D. at the Graduate Center CUNY. She has worked closely with the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, curating an event on the work of Bruno Schultz and editing several of the Center's publications. 

Meg served as the Managing Editor of the journal Slavic and East European Performance. She has written on contemporary Eastern European theatre as well as published several performance and book reviews. Meg has presented papers at leading academic conferences, including those of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the American Society of Theatre Research, and, most recently, the International Federation for Theatre Research. Her current research project examines New York variety performances of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries for the ways in which they represented various neurological conditions, such as hysteria and epilepsy. She is co-authoring with Helen Richardson a global performance textbook for Routledge due out in winter 2018.

Currently, Meg is the Director of the MA Theater History and Criticism program at Brooklyn College, CUNY. She is also an Adjunct Instructor of Drama at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. 

Board of Directors

Rob Reddy, Meg Araneo, Brandon Ross, and Dom Richards