Mantua – From the Bottom to the Top

Due to the Pandemic, this project will culminate in a series of podcast and audio pieces in fall 2021,

We are thrilled to share that we are working on new Theater of Witness audio productions in partnership with the Mt. Vernon Manor Community Development Corporation in the Mantua / West Philadelphia Promise Zone. This Theater of Witness production, Mantua – From the Bottom to the Top, is a community offshoot of our 2017 “Walk in My Shoes” production and film. Mantua – From Bottom to the Top will feature Mantua residents/community members and police and seeks to address issues of community trauma. It is supported by the National Endowment of the Arts.

Once again, we are partnering with Police Inspector Altovise Love-Craighead to develop what we expect to be a set of riveting and empowering audio stories and podcasts about the effects of violence and trauma on both the community members and some of the police who serve in the district. The stories shared so far by participants are poignant and heartbreaking, as well as moving in the strength and resilience they convey. And once again, the power of the group to mine their creativity is inspiring and hopeful.

Stay tuned as we develop this new project that will shed light on the true-life experiences of those growing up, living in, and policing in communities of high poverty and trauma.