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Juneau Histories Theater Project Participant Questionnaire
Gunalchéesh, thank you, for your interest in this project! Please read the project description, the timeline, and the expectations below, very carefully. Then, please answer the questionnaire below!

The DEADLINE to submit this form has been EXTENDED to January 17, 2018.

*NOTE: Unfortunately, you can't save this form and return to it later. You must submit your answers in one session. So, please type your answers in another place (like a Word document) and then paste them into the form, so you don't accidentally lose them. Or, you can go to our project web page and download the Printable Form, to fill out and email as an attachment, or drop off at Juneau Arts & Humanities Council.

Also please note that this questionnaire is lengthy. We see it as a first step for us to get to know you, and to request your contact info and personal schedule. If you're someone who doesn't prefer writing, or you don't have a lot of time, you can simply share brief answers here. If you DO have time and energy, then please share longer answers! We'll enjoy reading whatever you share, and there's no need to feel undue pressure to give answers of a particular length. Gunalchéesh! Thank you!

This project is a theater co-production by the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council and Ping Chong + Company (, an internationally recognized theater company known for bringing unheard voices to the stage through its Undesirable Elements series. The Juneau Histories Theater Project will be the newest work in the Undesirable Elements series, which is a community-specific oral history theater project that uses first-hand personal testimonies to examine issues of culture and identity. The project makes space for people to share their own personal stories about their roots in and personal connections to the earliest historical settlements in our downtown area: in particular, the Juneau Indian Village (often referred to as the “Willoughby District”), as well as people who may have personal or family stories related to the Juneau Arts and Culture Center building, formerly the National Guard Armory. Through an extended community residency, an artistic team (Ping Chong, Ryan Conarro, and Frank Kaash Katasse) will conduct extensive interviews with Juneau-area residents. These in-depth interviews will form the basis of an artistic script that will weave together participants’ individual experiences with historical events in a chronological narrative touching on historical, political, and personal experiences. The Juneau Histories Theater Project intends to use theater and personal testimony to create dialogue that will illuminate the stories of our community members and the rich, complex histories of Juneau, in order to foster respect and awareness in the ongoing urban development of the city, and greater understanding among Juneau’s diverse communities.

January 17, 2018: Deadline to submit this Questionnaire, to express your interest in the project

January 27 - February 6: Interviews with Ping, Ryan, & Frank (If you’re invited to interview, you will meet with us for approximately one 2-hour session during this date range)

Late February 2018: After we complete interviews, we extend invitations to a select number of people to join the next stage of the project: to be a part of the performance and production.

March 4-29: Rehearsals for the project (approx 4-5 rehearsals per week, evenings / weekends)

March 29-31: PERFORMANCES of the Juneau Histories Theater Project at the JACC

Not all people who submit questionnaires and are interviewed will be selected to participate in the final production project.

If you are selected, not every experience you share in the interview process will be included in the final production.

If you are selected to be a participant in the final production and performance project, you…

Will receive a stipend of $1000.00 for your time and contribution.

Do not have to memorize any text.

Do not have to have any previous performance experience to be a part of this project—but you do need to be willing to share your personal experiences on stage & in public, and share in the telling of others’ stories.

Need to be willing to talk openly about your life, family, culture and customs, and share your thoughts in a public forum.

Need to be willing to talk openly about your experiences of culture and identity, and make observations about the culture/community in which you currently live.

Need to be comfortable speaking and reading in English (though it’s not necessary that English be your first language).

Need to be willing to recite poetry and/or sing in your first or adopted language(s).

Need to be willing to share the stage with others who may express opinions or political views that are different from yours.

Need to be willing to talk about what is “desirable” or “undesirable” in your culture of origin and what you have found to be “desirable” or “undesirable” in your current culture or community setting. We will discuss with you further what this might mean for you.

Need to be available for an initial interview lasting approximately 2 hours (between January 27-February 6, 2018)
(If you are selected), need to be available for 1-2 additional interviews lasting approximately 1 hour each, plus some hours of research, possibly about your family or your personal history and culture.

Need to be available for 4 weeks of evening and weekend rehearsals (about 3 hours per rehearsal, 4-5 rehearsals per week), March 4-29, 2018.

Need to be available for all technical rehearsals and performances. Performances will take place March 29-31, 2018 at the JACC. Participants may be asked to take off time from day-jobs for 1 or 2 days prior to the performance. There will also be 1-2 day-time performances for schools during that period.

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