Building Social Connection Through the Arts

St. Mary’s Care Center and the Verona School District’s Functional Vocational Program (VSDFVP) are joining together with TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater to address a major public health hazard, striking as many as one in five people and linked to early death in older adults. The health problem is loneliness, and the three partners are showing […]

A democracy lesson — in drag

TAPIT/new works tackles school censorship By Chelsey Dequaine in Isthmus, April 28, 2016 Baron von Steuben, the Revolutionary War hero credited with transforming the Continental Army into a force capable of beating the British, was never asked and didn’t tell: By many accounts, von Steuben was a gay man. In Ben Franklin & Baron von Steuben […]

Comedy, Controversy, and History Featured in New Play

Individuals of all political persuasions invoke the “Founding Fathers” to justify their positions – but have you ever wondered what the Founding Fathers themselves would think? That’s the question at the heart of Ben Franklin & Baron von Steuben vs. the Paine County School Board, the latest play from TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater opening Friday, […]

The Wisconsin Humanities Council Interviews Danielle!

Wisconsin Humanities Council – Featured: On Art, summer 2015. Danielle Dresden, playwright, actor and residency artist, is producing artistic director of TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater in Madison. Dresden is the author of 35 plays performed across the United States and abroad. TAPIT/new works has received multiple WHC grants for projects that make innovative use of humanities expertise […]

Making a Living

TAPIT celebrates a 30th anniversary with a show about working artists by Laura Jones in Isthmus, May 21, 2015 Can artists make a living creating art? Why is the idea of the starving artist so ingrained in our culture? Are artists who succeed financially selling out? These types of questions are explored in TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater’s production of Work […]

Meet Max Pollak

Max Pollak, a prestigious name on the international tap and world music scene, is the only non-Cuban member of Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Cuba’s famous Rumba ambassadors. Critics and peers worldwide acknowledge his superior musicianship and his highly individual style called “RumbaTap” – a pioneering blend of Afro-Cuban song and dance with American tap and body music. His […]

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Convenience is a Schenk’s Corners love story

Fresco Opera Theatre and TAPIT/new works set an opera-filled romantic comedy in an east-side corner store By Gwen Rice in Isthmus, July 29, 2014 When Fresco Opera Theatre moved into a new office on Winnebago Street last summer, executive director Frank Cain was happy to have TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater next door. The company’s producing artistic directors, Donna Peckett […]

Convenience: Comedy, Opera and a Neighborhood Affair

77 Square on Madison.com, July 2014 Summer’s here, and the time is right for singing and acting in the streets  at least on Madison’s east side.  Next-door neighbor arts organizations TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater and Fresco Opera Theatre are teaming up to celebrate their shared neighborhood in Convenience, a new production opening Friday, August 1. Combining […]

Older Adults and Youth Connect Through Creativity

Think loneliness is only a private sorrow? Think again. Study after study has found that social isolation is linked to multiple health problems, particularly among older adults. For this population, loneliness is just as significant a health risk as smoking or obesity. St. Mary’s Care Center, working in collaboration with TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater, has […]

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A Living – And Tapping – Legend Performs!

It’s not often area audiences encounter a living legend, yet from Sunday, March 2nd – Tuesday, March 4th, Madisonians had many opportunities to see Brenda Bufalino, one of the world’s leading performers of a uniquely American art form – tap dance.  After lecture-demonstrations and master classes here, Ms. Bufalino shared her insights into the artistry and […]

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Building Social Connection Through the Arts

St. Mary’s Care Center and the Verona School District’s Functional Vocational Program (VSDFVP) are joining together with TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater to address a major public health hazard, striking as many as one in five people and linked to early death in older adults. The health problem is loneliness, and the three partners are showing […]

A democracy lesson — in drag

TAPIT/new works tackles school censorship By Chelsey Dequaine in Isthmus, April 28, 2016 Baron von Steuben, the Revolutionary War hero credited with transforming the Continental Army into a force capable of beating the British, was never asked and didn’t tell: By many accounts, von Steuben was a gay man. In Ben Franklin & Baron von Steuben […]

Comedy, Controversy, and History Featured in New Play

Individuals of all political persuasions invoke the “Founding Fathers” to justify their positions – but have you ever wondered what the Founding Fathers themselves would think? That’s the question at the heart of Ben Franklin & Baron von Steuben vs. the Paine County School Board, the latest play from TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater opening Friday, […]

The Wisconsin Humanities Council Interviews Danielle!

Wisconsin Humanities Council – Featured: On Art, summer 2015. Danielle Dresden, playwright, actor and residency artist, is producing artistic director of TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater in Madison. Dresden is the author of 35 plays performed across the United States and abroad. TAPIT/new works has received multiple WHC grants for projects that make innovative use of humanities expertise […]

Making a Living

TAPIT celebrates a 30th anniversary with a show about working artists by Laura Jones in Isthmus, May 21, 2015 Can artists make a living creating art? Why is the idea of the starving artist so ingrained in our culture? Are artists who succeed financially selling out? These types of questions are explored in TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater’s production of Work […]

Meet Max Pollak

Max Pollak, a prestigious name on the international tap and world music scene, is the only non-Cuban member of Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Cuba’s famous Rumba ambassadors. Critics and peers worldwide acknowledge his superior musicianship and his highly individual style called “RumbaTap” – a pioneering blend of Afro-Cuban song and dance with American tap and body music. His […]

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Convenience is a Schenk’s Corners love story

Fresco Opera Theatre and TAPIT/new works set an opera-filled romantic comedy in an east-side corner store By Gwen Rice in Isthmus, July 29, 2014 When Fresco Opera Theatre moved into a new office on Winnebago Street last summer, executive director Frank Cain was happy to have TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater next door. The company’s producing artistic directors, Donna Peckett […]

Convenience: Comedy, Opera and a Neighborhood Affair

77 Square on Madison.com, July 2014 Summer’s here, and the time is right for singing and acting in the streets  at least on Madison’s east side.  Next-door neighbor arts organizations TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater and Fresco Opera Theatre are teaming up to celebrate their shared neighborhood in Convenience, a new production opening Friday, August 1. Combining […]

Older Adults and Youth Connect Through Creativity

Think loneliness is only a private sorrow? Think again. Study after study has found that social isolation is linked to multiple health problems, particularly among older adults. For this population, loneliness is just as significant a health risk as smoking or obesity. St. Mary’s Care Center, working in collaboration with TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater, has […]

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A Living – And Tapping – Legend Performs!

It’s not often area audiences encounter a living legend, yet from Sunday, March 2nd – Tuesday, March 4th, Madisonians had many opportunities to see Brenda Bufalino, one of the world’s leading performers of a uniquely American art form – tap dance.  After lecture-demonstrations and master classes here, Ms. Bufalino shared her insights into the artistry and […]

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