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The Real Work is a 6-episode audio miniseries exploring transformative justice as a tool for preventing, addressing, and healing harm in Bay Area theater and beyond. Over the course of one year, nearly thirty local theater makers gathered monthly to learn together about transformative justice, under the facilitation of Mia Mingus, co-founder of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective. This podcast series documents our learnings with an aim to share out and grow our collective capacity to practice transformative justice, especially in our arts and activist spaces.

True to its name, The Real Work reveals the seemingly mundane relational practices we can engage with one another to build cultures of safety and thriving within our communities. From communication skills, giving and receiving feedback, and learning how to make good apologies, to understanding roots of harm, TJ illuminates patterns of violence and abuse and offers dynamic ways of taking accountability to fundamentally shift them.

The Real Work: A Podcast About Theater Culture & Transformative Justice is created & hosted by Tierra Allen, in partnership with We Rise Production.

This project is supported by an Investing in Artists Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation & the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program, and was incubated with initial support from CalShakes.

The Real Work We Rise Production

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

The Real Work is a 6-episode audio miniseries exploring transformative justice as a tool for preventing, addressing, and healing harm in Bay Area theater and beyond. Over the course of one year, nearly thirty local theater makers gathered monthly to learn together about transformative justice, under the facilitation of Mia Mingus, co-founder of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective. This podcast series documents our learnings with an aim to share out and grow our collective capacity to practice transformative justice, especially in our arts and activist spaces.

True to its name, The Real Work reveals the seemingly mundane relational practices we can engage with one another to build cultures of safety and thriving within our communities. From communication skills, giving and receiving feedback, and learning how to make good apologies, to understanding roots of harm, TJ illuminates patterns of violence and abuse and offers dynamic ways of taking accountability to fundamentally shift them.

The Real Work: A Podcast About Theater Culture & Transformative Justice is created & hosted by Tierra Allen, in partnership with We Rise Production.

This project is supported by an Investing in Artists Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation & the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program, and was incubated with initial support from CalShakes.

    EP 3: Softening the Fist

    EP 3: Softening the Fist

    Our facilitator, Mia Mingus, used the metaphor of a fist to explain how, unlike our current severely punitive carceral system, TJ creates conditions that support folks to step up and take accountability when they’ve caused harm. In this episode, we explore how these systems have shaped us, and ask, how else can we respond to violence, harm, & abuse?

    Episode transcript: coming soon

    Sogorea Te’ Land Trust: https://sogoreate-landtrust.org/

    Save the West Berkeley Shellmound: https://shellmound.org/

    Mariame Kaba - https://transformharm.org/ & http://mariamekaba.com/

    Readings & Media compiled by the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective: https://batjc.wordpress.com/resources/readings-media/

    Transformative Justice Resources, compiled by Cory Lira of Critical Resistance Portland: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11D8HSm4q4LIMH_T8b3W8oFIZxMgvPYkUh0WhC5XlgCU/edit

    Mia Mingus: https://www.soiltjp.org & https://leavingevidence.wordpress.com

    Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective: https://batjc.wordpress.com/

    For additional resources, including this episode’s ASL video: https://www.weriseproduction.com/therealwork

    zAnda of DiaspoRADiCAL: @diaspo.radical on Instagram & https://soundcloud.com/diasporadical

    Connect with us at weriseproduction[at]protonmail[dot]com, and follow us on Facebook & Instagram at weriseproduction, & on twitter at WeRiseProducers.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    EP 2: TJ 101

    EP 2: TJ 101

    On episode one, we got up to speed about the conditions that brought theater makers in the Bay Area to organize around TJ. This episode is dedicated to unpacking, at its core, what is TJ?

    Episode transcript: https://bit.ly/TheRealWork-Episode-2

    Sogorea Te’ Land Trust: https://sogoreate-landtrust.org/

    Save the West Berkeley Shellmound: https://shellmound.org/

    BATJC Pods & Pod Mapping Worksheet Instructions: https://batjc.wordpress.com/resources/pods-and-pod-mapping-worksheet/

    BATJC Pod Mapping Worksheet:
    https://batjc.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/batjc-pod-mapping-2016-updated.pdf

    EdSource, “At this Oakland high school, restorative justice goes far beyond discipline”: https://edsource.org/2022/at-this-oakland-high-school-restorative-justice-goes-far-beyond-discipline/673453

    Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth/RJOY: https://rjoyoakland.org/

    Mia Mingus: https://www.soiltjp.org & https://leavingevidence.wordpress.com

    Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective: https://batjc.wordpress.com/

    Democracy Now!, “Remembering Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015): ‘We Have to Change Ourselves in Order to Change the World’”: https://www.democracynow.org/2015/10/6/remembering_grace_lee_boggs_1915_2015

    For additional resources, including this episode’s ASL video: https://www.weriseproduction.com/therealwork

    zAnda of DiaspoRADiCAL: @diaspo.radical on Instagram & https://soundcloud.com/diasporadical

    Connect with us at weriseproduction[at]protonmail[dot]com, and follow us on Facebook & Instagram at weriseproduction, & on twitter at WeRiseProducers.

    • 53 min
    EP 1: A Kind of Origin Story

    EP 1: A Kind of Origin Story

    How did The Real Work come to be? What were the conditions that set the stage (pun intended) for theater workers to come together to study & practice transformative justice? Let's find out...

    Episode transcript: https://bit.ly/TheRealWork-EP1

    Sogorea Te’ Land Trust: https://sogoreate-landtrust.org/

    Save the West Berkeley Shellmound: https://shellmound.org/

    Anti Police-Terror Project: https://www.antipoliceterrorproject.org/

    The Village in Oakland #feedthepeople: @villageoakland, https://www.facebook.com/TheVillageInOakland

    Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment: https://www.acceaction.org/

    East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative: https://ebprec.org/

    Washington Post, “Chicago theaters said ‘Not in Our House’ to sexual abuse and harassment”: ​​https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/chicago-theaters-say-not-in-our-house-to-sexual-abuse/2017/12/14/e2db9c30-e014-11e7-8679-a9728984779c_story.html

    Howlround, “What Playwrights Can Learn from Intimacy Directors: A Conversation with Gaby Labotka“: https://howlround.com/what-playwrights-can-learn-intimacy-directors

    Coalition of Black Women Professional Theatre Makers in the Bay Area, California: https://blackwomenbayareatheatre.wordpress.com/

    The New York Times, “Long Wharf Theater Leader is Accused of Sexual Harassment”: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/22/theater/gordon-edelstein-long-wharf-theater-sexual-misconduct.html

    Kim Tran: https://www.kimtranphd.com/

    Kyra Jones: https://www.kyrajones.me/

    Adrienne Skye Roberts: http://therapywithadrienneskye.com/

    Resources for Addressing Sexual Harassment & Violence (compiled for It’s Time: Bay Area Town Hall on Sexual Harassment in Our Theatre Community): https://www.theatrebayarea.org/general/custom.asp?page=itstimeresources

    Mia Mingus: https://www.soiltjp.org & https://leavingevidence.wordpress.com

    Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective: https://batjc.wordpress.com/

    Liberation Spring: https://liberationspring.com/

    For additional resources, including this episode’s ASL video: https://www.weriseproduction.com/therealwork

    zAnda of DiaspoRADiCAL: @diaspo.radical on Instagram & https://soundcloud.com/diasporadical
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    • 56 min
    EP 0: Pilot - What /is/ the Real Work of Transformative Justice?

    EP 0: Pilot - What /is/ the Real Work of Transformative Justice?

    Episode transcript: https://bit.ly/TheRealWork-Pilot-Episode

    Register for the 8.22.22 online premiere: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/online-premiere-of-the-real-work-podcast-with-asl-interpretation-registration-389740062017

    The Real Work is a 6-episode audio miniseries exploring transformative justice as a tool for preventing, addressing, and healing harm in Bay Area theater and beyond. Over the course of one year, nearly thirty local theater makers gathered monthly to learn together about transformative justice, under the facilitation of Mia Mingus, co-founder of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective. This podcast series documents our learnings with an aim to share out and grow our collective capacity to practice transformative justice, especially in our arts and activist spaces.

    True to its name, The Real Work reveals the seemingly mundane relational practices we can engage with one another to build cultures of safety and thriving within our communities. From communication skills, giving and receiving feedback, and learning how to make good apologies, to understanding roots of harm, TJ illuminates patterns of violence and abuse and offers dynamic ways of taking accountability to fundamentally shift them.

    The Real Work: A Podcast About Theater Culture & Transformative Justice is created & hosted by Tierra Allen, in partnership with We Rise Production.

    Sogorea Te’ Land Trust: https://sogoreate-landtrust.org/

    Save the West Berkeley Shellmound: https://shellmound.org/

    Mia Mingus: https://www.soiltjp.org & https://leavingevidence.wordpress.com

    Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective: https://batjc.wordpress.com/

    For additional resources, including this episode’s ASL video: https://www.weriseproduction.com/therealwork

    zAnda / DiaspoRADiCAL: @diaspo.radical on Instagram & https://on.soundcloud.com/XdeZehwLEPh127oG8

    Connect with us at weriseproduction@pm.me, and follow us on Facebook & Instagram at @WeRiseProduction, & on twitter at @WeRiseProducers.

    This project is supported by an Investing in Artists Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation & the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program, and was incubated with initial support from Cal Shakes.

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

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ArtVandelay_Architect ,

Thoughtfully Embracing Complexity

First episode is out and already I’m excited for this journey. This podcast seems unafraid to lean into the challenging, complex realities at hand. As an actor in the Bay Area, I’m ready to learn more through the podcast and eager to investigate the Bay Area theater community more deeply and intentionally.

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