Kathryn Hunter-Williams (back row, right) and her first-year seminar class in documentary theater. (photo by Kristen Chavez)
Kathryn Hunter-Williams (back row, right) and her first-year seminar class in documentary theater. (photo by Kristen Chavez)

UNC dramatic art lecturer Kathryn Hunter-Williams and her colleague Lynden Harris have received a MAP Fund grant to support the project “Serving Life,” which explores race, class, compassion and justice with men on death row and those sentenced as children to life without parole.

The project includes a scripted performance with former prisoners; an interactive installation and accompanying readings of monologues from death row; and more.

The project will be administered through Hidden Voices, a nonprofit organization that collaborates with underrepresented communities to create award-winning works that combine narrative, mapping, performance, music, digital media, animation and interactive exhibits to engage audiences and participants in explorations of difficult issues.

Harris is founder and director, and Hunter-Williams is associate director of Hidden Voices. Hunter-Williams is also a member of PlayMakers Repertory Company.

The MAP Fund announced the selection of 36 new, live performance works that will receive a total of $1.1 million in direct support for project development and premieres. Primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, MAP is an affiliate program of Creative Capital.

Established in 1989, MAP is among the longest-running grant programs in arts philanthropy, having supported over 1,120 new works of performance with a total of $28 million.

 

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