The #BARS Workshop is a lab series created by arts educators Rafael Casal & Daveed Diggs, as a space for artists to investigate and develop their craft at the intersection of contemporary verse and Theater. The first session of #BARS concluded in June 2016, punctuated by the release of the first installment of a video series called the #BARS MIXTAPE MUSICAL MEDLEY, which received high praise from ELLE, TIME, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, TEEN VOGUE, SLATE & more. Casal & Diggs then teamed up with New York’s The Public Theater to present SESSION 2 of the #BARS workshop, which began July 18th and ended with the filming of the #BARS MEDLEY VOL. 2, which took the artistry of the program to a new level, and shot across the internet via spotlights from NPR, Broadway.com, Huffington Post, Time Out New York, Playbill and more. Now the Bars workshop has grown to a company of over 60 alumni who are championing stages on and off Broadway, national tours, and throughout film & television. During our summer sessions we have hosted amazing guest lecturers like Black Thought of the Roots, Executive Director of the Apollo Kamilah Forbes, Director Tommy Kail, Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo, Celebrated poet Sarah Kay and many more. As of 2019, BARS is an official New Work development program of the Public Theater, and are entering into our FIFTH session of THE BARS WORKSHOP VOL. 5 this summer. We have condensed the program into a 1-month intensive, with 4 evening sessions per week culminating in a final public performance run for 3-nights @ Joe’s Pub. Applications to join our 5th cohort are open NOW.
DEADLINE IS MAY 27TH @ MIDNIGHT ET