The People’s Opera House (TPOH) project is an arts organization committed to generating new theater works, using crowd-sourced narrative development which allows members of the community to have an active role in developing, producing and mounting original works that speak to a specific concern or idea. Imagine a world where discussing your political affiliation is as insignificant as discussing your favorite ice cream flavor.
Community-based, live performance is an incredibly binding experience for the performers and audience alike. The People’s Opera House Project (TPOH) democratizes the power of performance giving non-professionals and professionals alike the chance to be a part of the creation of original works. TPOH is intentionally called an ‘opera’ to drive up a reaction in the creators and attendees. We encourage people who feel locked-out of high art to be the creators of the immersive environment. We are committed to generating a dynamic space within a particular community for new discussions, friendships and alliances to form among disparate groups of people. TPOH is an inclusive project! The structure is such, that people who want to be involved will not constrained by their lack of experience or “talent” in a specific discipline. We invite you to step into The People’s Opera House and experience the transformative power of community in action.
Tony Allard is a performance artist, video maker, writer and trickster. He works from a trans-media perspective that engages the hybridization of traditional and new media. He has presented his work internationally in Japan, Germany, Ireland, the UK and Canada, among others. In 2015 Allard was in residence at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he began a multipart project entitled “Mutate or Die”, which chronicles his efforts in 1996 to get the writer William S. Burroughs’ DNA sequenced and make art out of it and his more recent attempt to create a transgenic mutation with Burroughs’ DNA. In 2018, Allard began collaborating with Catherine Derr on creating The People’s Opera House project.
Catherine Derr is an award-winning Sculptor, visionary leader and patient teacher that has been producing large scale public art since 2005. Catherine’s trickster persona, the Ambassador of the Moment, brings the audience into the NOW. Perpetually challenging people to recalculate the way they interact with the cities they live in. Catherine created an emerging artist development program as the Season Long Programming Director for FIGMENT Project in NYC from 2006-8. Catherine’s vision cuts through creative blocks and roadblocks, creating efficiency and grace in bringing impactful public art projects to life.