Student Spotlight : Caroline Gart

Caroline Gart PicCaroline Gart, ARAD ’19 is a Brooklyn based theater producer. She recently completed a season long producing fellowship with the Obie Award winning theater company, Clubbed Thumb. She has produced at numerous arts institutions such as New York Stage and Film, Vassar’s Powerhouse Theater, The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, PS 122’s COIL Festival, Abrons Arts Center, and The Public Theater. She graduated with from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with High Honors in 2012. Caroline looks forward to building a career that continues to provide vital support for underserved and underfunded artists in New York City.
We chatted with Caroline to learn more about her recent work in the field.
Describe a recent project you are proud of, what it means to you personally and professionally, and what inspired this project.
I recently closed a play that I am quite proud of which is called CUTE ACTIVIST by Milo Cramer, directed by Morgan Green. It ran for the month of January at the Bushwick Starr in Brooklyn and was by far the largest producorial undertaking for me so far — the most amount of people to manage, the largest budget, and the most ambitious design to execute. I am thrilled by the results and feel proud of the work I did to make this relevant and sardonic theater piece come to life. CUTE ACTIVIST was a searing comedy that tried to reason out the place of activism in our Millennial generation and what our collective social justice priorities are. It felt important to be asking these questions given our current administration and discuss the vigilance needed to continue to move forward in the midst of continued political set backs and muddled priorities. I think CUTE ACTIVIST asked our generation to look critically at our engagement tactics and posited a way for us to be able to move forward and make effective change (once we stop looking at Instagram, of course!).
How does this project fit into your larger career goals and ARAD degree?
I have been producing theater in NYC for about 5 years now, so I am thrilled to see my work growing and improving. I think being in graduate school while maintaining my professional and artistic practice is an excellent complement to my work. I find myself folding in the skills that I have been developing in class to my producorial projects as well as bringing my work into the classroom. It has been an exciting endeavor to see these two facets of my life grow closer together.
Thanks so much for chatting with us Caroline. ARAD wishes you many more successes as you continue on your journey!
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