First Responder Tales (2014)

Cultural First Responders are experimenters, inventors, and trendsetters who often blur the lines between art, education, and activism. They provide essential services and vital programs that sustain their particular community and contribute to its welfare.

First Responder Tales was a free 4-part symposia series for Los Angeles theater practitioners – individuals, companies, ensembles – and stakeholders – artists from all disciplines, advocates, policy makers, journalists, funders, activists, educators. The series provided a place to get together and join in a conversation about the work of First Responders and its place in the greater Los Angeles landscape.

Ramona Pilar Gonzales

CLICK HERE to learn more about the symposia series and to read Ramona Pilar Gonzales' insightful take on all of the events.
First Responder Tales #1 : a tale of values, vigilance, and vivacity
First Responder Tales #2 : tales from the trenches
First Responder Tales #3 : how to tell the tale
First Responder Tales #4 : our legacy, our future

CLICK HERE for a wrap report about the last two symposium and to read more about the future of the First Responder term.

CLICK HERE for more information and to visit the first responder tales website.

First Responder Tales Advisory Committee Members: Leilani Chan, Founding Artistic Director, TeAda Productions; Dolores Chavez, Theater Director, Inner-City Arts; Theresa Chavez, Artistic Director, About...Productions; Alison De La Cruz, L.A.-based Theater Artist, Facilitator, and Producer; Rose Portillo, Associate Director and Director of Education, About...Productions; Mark Valdez, Executive Director, Network for Ensemble Theatres