Thespianz Foundation USA – APPROACH
Thespianz Foundation USA is a Chicago based non-profit 501c3 organization. Working on 5 following thematic areas:
- Government Schools Renovation
- Social Awareness in Communities
- Social String Puppetry
- Festivals for Change
- Theatre/Motivational Workshops
Alert the whole world for social problems via performing arts, education, and health by developing its infrastructures with state of the art facilities’ from 2005.
Thespianz uses performing arts as a tool to mold the society towards positive behavior change. Specifically, Thespianz Foundation USA helps Thespianz Foundation Pakistan to generate funds from it’s fundraiser events in United States of America and support TF-Pakistan’s projects to empower vulnerable communities and aware them for social problems.
Back In 2005, Thespianz registered it’s office in Pakistan and took a unique initiative to aware Pakistani vulnerable communities for social problems through performing arts. As Thespianz’s president Faisal Malik is an educated performing artist, he chose the medium of street theatre and string puppetry to raise social awareness.
Thespianz Foundation has been performing live theatre across Pakistan as well as abroad for last 13 years. The organization also has a distinguishable name in performing world class puppet theatre shows both locally and internationally. The organization has performed more than 108 theatres, 568 string puppetry shows and mime plays. The organization has performed in both urban and rural areas in Pakistan. Thespianz has performed in all major cities Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkar, Khairpur, Dadu, Jackobabad, Jamshoro, Kandhkot, Jan Muhammad Jamali Goth, Nawabshah, Qasimabad, Shahdadkot, Sanghar, Hala, Shikarpur, Thatta, Rawalpindi, Jehlum, Bhawalpur, Sargodha, Murree, Peshawar, Abbotabad, Mardan, Ziarat, Quetta, Khuzdar, Hub.
The organization’s international appearances include Germany, United States of America, Italy, Poland, India, and Sri Lanka. The organization targets people of all ages through its performances. Thespianz is a well-equipped (Theatre, Puppet and TV) company with skilled human resource. The organization’s founder and Artistic Director is a National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA)’s graduate. He has also studied at John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts – Washington D.C. and the fellow of Arthink South Asia where he worked with Indian performing arts Company to enhance his skills for arts management. He did internships with Famous European Dance Company Based in Berlin – Germany Sasha Waltz and Guests and also worked for 100 years old German Theatre Munchner Kammerspiele in Munich, Germany. He was also engaged with National Ballet Troupe of Warsaw-Poland.
OUR UNIQUE APPROACH
Apart from live social theatre, Thespianz shows its deep love for the art of string puppetry. The organization has been making noticeable efforts to keep the dying art alive. In 2016, Thespianz organized Pakistan’s first stand-alone biggest social string puppetry festival entitled “Pakistan String Puppetry Festival”. As part of the festival, which was organized in year 2016/17, 300 performances across 79 different districts in Karachi, Pakistan were organized. As part of the multi-venue festival, Thespianz preformed 8-10 performances each day. The performance areas included Abbas Town, Muslimabad, Azizabad, Hijrat Colony, PIB Colony, Gulzar Hijri and Ibrahim Hyderi, The festival reached out to people from diversified backgrounds i.e. ethnicities: Urdu speaking, Sindhi, Punjabi, Balochi, Pashtoon, Memon, Persian, Hazara, Balti, Brushiski, Siraiki, and Gujrati etc. And religious and sectarian backgrounds e.g. Shia, Sunni, Ismaili, Hindu, Christian etc.
Our street theatre has been two times nominated for Ellen Stewart Award for social theatre because of our social contribution in the community.
Thespianz’s performances are widely attended by people from all walks of lives including students, teachers, parents, business professionals, educationalists, civil society members, government officials, media personalities, stay-at-home mothers and citizens in general. Thespianz particularly has a credit to take puppetry to the audiences which have never been served an opportunity to enjoy and experience the art in a live setting before.