“I am a feminist artist, nonprofit leader, educator, researcher, author, and grant writer,” Thinking Cap Theatre Co.’s Artistic Director Nicole Stodard stated unapologetically.
“I believe in equality for all and I strive in my life and work to combat ableist, ageist, homophobic, racist, sexist and transphobic stereotypes, ideas, behaviors and policies.”
She added, “Feminism is my home. I came to dwell here over the course of several decades of life experiences, sustained graduate and post-doctoral study, and professional praxis in the archives, in the classroom and in rehearsal. A vibrant assemblage of feminist and queer voices has paved the way for my work, and I always keep their writings within arm’s reach.”
For more than a decade, Stodard has stuck to those core principles, presenting cutting edge, thoughtful plays, with an emphasis on the kinds of interactive and multimedia theatrical experiences that draw audiences into the action on stage. She believes in breaking boundaries.
Her Thinking Cap Theatre has called several venues in Fort Lauderdale home and most recently landed in Dania Beach, as the theater company in residence at Mad Arts, formerly the Gallery of Amazing Things. The 56,000 sq. ft. facility not only serves as an arts incubator, but also offers the kind of completely blank canvas that Stodard’s work fills.
“I gravitate towards theater that shakes us and wakes us,” she concluded.
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