Artists Who Inspire – TEDxBroadway "Kids and Adults, Making Art Together as Equal Partners" – Gus Rogerson

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The art that children make is just as good as what adults make. Sure, it’s very different, but it has equal merit. That’s what Gus Rogerson has learned in his 18 years working with the 52nd Street Project, which pairs kids with adult artists to create theater, poetry, music and more.
Gus Rogerson, Producing Director of The 52nd Street Project, started at the Project as a volunteer in 1992, and joined the staff in 1999. During his 18 years as artistic director, he has produced hundreds of original plays, by children and by adults, overseen the establishment of new programming, and enhancement of existing programming; he has consulted with people from all over the world who are inspired by our work and wish to put it to use; he shared in the leadership of a capital campaign that raised 20 million dollars and built the Project’s first permanent home, with our own 150 seat theater, teaching/tutoring spaces, and rehearsal rooms, etc.; and he has gratefully participated in the well-being of hundreds of young people.
He has been a member of the New York theater community for more than 30 years. His acting credits include the original productions of “Six Degrees of Separation,” “Face Value,” and “The Grey Zone,” and the film “In and Out,” opposite Matt Dillon. His directing credits include the American premiere of David Harrower’s first play, “Knives in Hens.” He served as associate producer for the feature film “Sunday,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
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