Theatre Horizon program lets performers turn their homes into stage

Theatre Horizon in Norristown, Montgomery County
Theatre Horizon in Norristown, Montgomery County Photo credit Courtesy of Theatre Horizon
By KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia-area theater is taking its art from the stage into homes.

Since March, Theatre Horizon in Norristown, Montgomery County has shifted their focus from in-person to online. Their Art Houses program is now giving families a chance to take part in digital performances.

“In Art Houses, we're partnering professional artists with households at home to make original performances about what makes a home, and what makes a family,” explained Horizon's artistic director Nell Bang-Jensen.

She said whether it’s singing, acting, or dancing, they want these performances to look at life in the pandemic.

“We're really exploring the lives that we all have during the pandemic and how we all create new rituals when our usual ways of being social, of celebrating, of grieving have been taken away from us during this time,” Bang-Jensen said.

The program welcomes all skill levels — willingness to learn, she said, is what matters most — and they are looking for a wide range of performers.

“We have one woman participating who lives with cerebral palsy, and so we're going to be learning a lot about her daily life and what that means for her moving through the world on a physical, emotional, and mental level,” she said.

Participating homes can make up to $500 for their work putting on a digital performance.