Celine Havard has directed, acted and produced Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway and Regionally for over three decades. Havard was a founding member of Abingdon Theatre Company, Stagedotorg and The Alternative Theater Company. She's worked with many NYC theater organizations including Pulse Ensemble Theatre Co., The Greenhouse Ensemble, Intar, the Women’s Project, the Drama League, New Directions, and The New Professional Theatre. Havard edits books, plays for stage and screenplays as a Script Doctor and ghost writer. For more go to CelineHavard.com
When we thought about what would come next after Altered Minds we asked the questions "How does one heal?" "Where does one turn?" when dealing with mental health issues--- and "faith" seemed like a natural answer.
Whether through organized religion, some form of new age spiritual practice or personal informal beliefs, everyone believes in SOMETHING and the ability to do so, FREE from persecution, penalty or judgment is a basic fundamental right that, unfortunately, so many people still struggle, suffer and fight to achieve.
This is prevalent in many cultures, but we need go no farther than our backyard to see it --- from the tragic stabbing this Hanukkah in a Rabbi's home in Monsey, NY to the Falun Gong protesters who march relentlessly down 42nd street on their way to the Chinese Embassy. In many countries people are jailed, tortured and even murdered for their beliefs. Individuals are attacked for activities as innocent as Christmas Caroling.
But the struggle is real for many of us even on a more personal level when we live in such a divisive society that we are afraid of discussing our beliefs on social media without judgment or criticism. Even in this day and age, the subject of faith remains one we shy away from talking about for fear of a lack of acceptance. Hence the BelieveAbility series of 2020.
While the BelieveAbility full production has been on hold since the pandemic the company has enjoyed the success of meaningful projects such as Save the Man by Kevin Brody (See Gallery) and UPCOMING Broadway Playwright Lezley Steele's new play Behind the Sparkle
Havard has a passion for collaborating with creatives of color, non-binary, queer, gender non-conforming and all marginalized individuals who have not felt invited to the table for too long. Whether that means casting actors in nontraditional roles, sharing their stories or integrating their vision into the collaborative here at TATCO -- this is a constant pursuit.
The door is always open to conversations about new projects that can push the envelope, from Staged Reading to Full Productions.