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The Arboretum Experience

The Arboretum Experience

Visitors are invited to experience the natural beauty of the Arnold Arboretum on an outdoor, self-guided journey that centers resilience, healing, wellness, and joy. Created by a team of artists that includes playwright Kirsten Greenidge, musician Tim Hall, choreographer Jill Johnson, and director Summer L. Williams, this collaboration between the A.R.T. and the Arboretum features audio plays written and performed by artists from Greater Boston and beyond, movement experiences, as well as pop-up music and dance performances, all set against the 281-acre backdrop of one of the jewels of Boston’s Emerald Necklace.

The A.R.T. returns to the open-access living museum designed by Frederick Law Olmsted following the 2019 Tree Planting Ceremony of a gingko tree, the culmination of A.R.T. Artist-In-Community Diana Oh’s year-long Clairvoyance series of installations and concerts.

Production Sponsors
The Bob and Alison Murchison New Work Development Fund
Richard K. Lubin Family Foundation
Development Support
Harvard University Committee on the Arts

Creative Team

Kirsten Greenidge
Kirsten Greenidge

Kirsten Greenidge

Kirsten Greenidge’s (she/her) past A.R.T. credits include Greater Good, a collaboration with Company One Theatre. Greenidge creates work that presents African American experiences on stage by examining the nexus of race, class, and gender. Kirsten is currently a Mellon Fellow/Howlround Artist in Residence at Company One Theatre in Boston Massachusetts, where she helps run Company One’s playwriting program, PlayLab. She is the author of Our Daughters, Like Pillars (upcoming at Huntington Theatre Company); Baltimore, a commission from the Big Ten Consortium at the University of Iowa, which toured to the National Black Theatre Conference; Bud, Not Buddy, an adaptation of the children’s novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, with music by Terence Blanchard (Metro Stage Company in St. Louis); The Luck of the Irish (Huntington Theatre Company; LTC3); and Milk Like Sugar (La Jolla Playhouse; Women’s Project Theater; Playwrights Horizons; Huntington Theatre Company; Lucille Lortel Award nomination; Independent Reviewers of New England, San Diego Critics, and Obie Awards).

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Tim Hall
Tim Hall

Tim Hall

Tim Hall is an award winning musician and performance poet from Detroit, MI, now residing in Boston. His poetry draws inspiration from his lived experiences—charting the nuances of blackness, masculinity, and the beauties of life. He’s an Assistant Professor in the Professional Music Department at Berklee College of Music, won Session Musician of the Year by the Boston Music Awards 2020, received a 2019 Artist Luminary Award from local youth arts non-profit Zumix, and was honored by WBUR’s Artery 25 as 1 of 25 millennials of color impacting Arts and Culture in Boston.

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Jill Johnson
Jill Johnson

Jill Johnson

A.R.T.: In the Body of the WorldCrossing, O.P.C. Director of Dance, Senior Lecturer in Music and Theater, Dance & Media; Artistic Director of the Harvard Dance Project, at Harvard University. Graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School; a 28-year veteran of the dance field, Johnson choreographs for film, television, and the stage; has danced in over 50 tours on 5 continents. Was soloist with the National Ballet of Canada and a principal dancer and researcher in William Forsythe’s company Frankfurt Ballet. Stages Forsythe’s work worldwide, including for Paris Opera Ballet, La Scala, Batsheva Dance Company, Norwegian National Ballet, Netherlands Dance Theater, Boston Ballet, and American Ballet Theater. Is a founding collaborator of The Movement Invention Project in New York, and has served on the faculties of and created choreographic work for Princeton University, Columbia University, the Juilliard School and NYU; and has created 12 new works at Harvard since 2011 including Paper Wing, What Moves You?, and dance installations RE: RE: RE: and LOOK UP. Recent collaborations include those with the Harvard Choruses, Harvard Mahindra Humanities Center, Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Dries Van Noten/Louvre Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

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Summer L. Williams
Summer L. Williams

Summer L. Williams

Summer L. Williams (she/her) is a Co-Founder and Associate Artistic Director of Company One Theatre in Boston and award-winning director. Her most recent directing credits include School Girls, or The African Mean Girls Play at SpeakEasy Stage Company; Miss You Like Hell by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown with Company One Theatre and A.R.T. at OBERON; the world premiere of Leftovers by Josh Wilder with Company One Theatre; Wig Out! by Tarell Alvin McCraney with Company One and A.R.T. at OBERON; Smart People at Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, NY and Geva Theatre in Rochester, NY; Barbecue at Lyric Stage Company of Boston (2018 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director); Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. at Company One Theatre; Bootycandy at SpeakEasy Stage Company; An Octoroon and Colossal with Company One Theatre (2016 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director for both productions).

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