Community School

Community School

Welcome to The Park Community School! We are pleased to offer classes, events, and discussions that are free and open to all community members.

Programming will be conducted on the video platform Zoom. Course descriptions, dates, times (all of which take place in Eastern Daylight Time), and registration links can be found below.

We hope you will join us!


Film Panel Discussion — Black Art: In the Absence of Light

Tuesday, May 18
7:30-8:30 p.m

Join panelists Virginia Anderson, Park parent and Curator of American Art at the Baltimore Museum of Art; Jerrell Gibbs, a Baltimore-based artist whose figurative portraits affirm the multilayered experience of the African American diaspora; Darcy-Tell Morales, Park aunt and Managing Educator of Family and Teen Programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; along with co-moderators Courtney Rollins, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Park student Tamia Tabourn ’21, for a conversation about this important documentary. 

As shared by HBO, Black Art: In the Absence of Light was “inspired by the late David Driskell’s landmark 1976 exhibition, ‘Two Centuries of Black American Art,’ offering an illuminating introduction to the work of some of the foremost Black visual artists working today…The film shines a light on the extraordinary impact of Driskell’s exhibit on generations of Black artists who have staked a claim on their rightful place within the 21st-Century art world. Interweaving insights and context from scholars and historians, along with interviews from a new generation of working African American curators and artists including Theaster Gates, Kerry James Marshall, Faith Ringgold, Amy Sherald and Carrie Mae Weems, the documentary is a look at the contributions of Black American artists in today’s contemporary art world.”

After registering for the event, Park community members will receive a special link to watch the film in advance of the panel discussion. A Zoom link for the panel discussion will be shared as well.

Thank you to the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Park Arts Department for their vision and support!

Participants: No maximum.

Registration is closed for this event. If you need a link, please email Adrienne Peres (aperes@parkschool.net).


Questions? Contact Adrienne Peres, Associate Director of Development, aperes@parkschool.net.

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Master Class with David Henry Hwang

Tuesday, May 25
7:30-9 p.m

The Park community has a wonderful opportunity to participate in a Master Class with David Henry Hwang, a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time OBIE Award winner, and a three-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Hwang’s stage works includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Yellow Face, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. He is also the most-produced living American opera librettist, whose works have been honored with two Grammy Awards, co-wrote the Gold Record Solo with the late pop icon Prince, and worked from 2015-2019 as a Writer/Consulting Producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series The Affair. He is currently writing the live-action musical feature film The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Disney Studios and a movie to star actress Gemma Chan. Hwang serves as Chair of the American Theatre Wing, serves on the Board of the Lark Play Development Center, and as Head of Playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts. His newest work, Soft Power, a collaboration with composer Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home), premiered at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre, where it won six Ovation Awards. Its subsequent run at the Public Theatre in NYC received four Outer Critics Honors, eleven Drama Desk Nominations, and was a Finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

Upper School English teacher, Director of The Michael Cardin ‘85 Writing Center, and writer Angela Balcita will moderate the event. Angela is the author of Moonface: A True Romance (Harper Perennial). Her work has appeared in the New York Times and on Modern Love: The Podcast, featuring comedian and actress Sarah Silverman. Her essays have been anthologized in Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction (Longman) and Waking Up American: Growing Up Biculturally (Seal Press).

The format of the evening includes an interview with David about his professional path, a live playwriting workshop with a group of Park School students, and a Q&A session with attendees from the Park community. Make sure to bring a notebook and an open mind!

Registrants will receive a link to participate in this virtual class prior to the event.

The Master Class is being provided by the American Theatre Wing (ATW), thanks to a generous donation from Jeffrey Legum ‘59, a longtime member and supporter of ATW. A not-for-profit organization with a powerful suite of programs, ATW addresses all aspects of the national theatre ecology. ATW encourages the discovery of theatre by people of all ages, nurtures talent on stage and off, creates pathways for success for students and young professionals, and encourages the development of the art form itself by recognizing and supporting innovative and excellent work with awards and grants. Building a just, equitable and inclusive American theatre is a guiding principle of all of ATW’s work and programs. Learn more at www.americantheatrewing.org.

Participants: No maximum.

Registration is closed for this event. If you need a link, please email Adrienne Peres (aperes@parkschool.net).


Questions? Contact Adrienne Peres, Associate Director of Development, aperes@parkschool.net.

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