World Premiere of Bound

Posted February 6, 2014 & filed under Notebook.

BOUND-art-newWITS Associate Director Bao-Long Chu has written an acclaimed libretto that will be performed on February 15 and 16 in collaboration with the Houston Grand Opera and the Asia Society Texas Center. Bound, inspired by a true story, is about a Vietnamese girl who is struggling to come to terms with her family’s past and her own complicated story. Music for the libretto was written by Huang Ruo.

Please visit the Asia Society’s website or HGO to reserve tickets to this special event, which celebrates Houston as a crossroads for Eastern and Western cultures.

The Bricklayer at the Houston Grand Opera

Posted March 1, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

Former WITS writer Farnoosh Moshiri’s The Bricklayer will debut at the Houston Grand Opera on March 15th.  The world premiere of this opera will feature music by Gregory Spears.  Moshiri’s libretto is based on a short story that she wrote about a couple in Iran who must leave their country to find hope and healing. There will be a discussion about the opera at Brazos Bookstore on March 3rd.

Immigrant Children Tap Into Creativity

Posted July 7, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Studies have shown that creativity is higher on average for first and second-generation immigrants and for bilinguals than for others.  Experts think that these groups share the ability to adapt and to be flexible.

WITS has designed numerous projects to tap into the creativity of first and second-generation immigrants and bilinguals, including the very popular Song of Houston Project with the Houston Grand Opera.  During 2010-11 school year, WITS worked with children of immigrants at Kaleidoscope Middle School where the youth made films based on Sandra Cisneros stories.  At Collins Elementary School, Catholic Charities sponsored a WITS project with children of immigrants that took place after school and was designed to improve literacy and language skills through creative writing.   As part of that project, Travelers Insurance did a book drive, and each participating child received a dozen books.

See the film made by Kaleidoscope 7th graders here.

Read about our project with Catholic Charities in the article, “The Joy of Self Expression”, published by the Midtown Paper here.

If you work with first or second-generation immigrants in Houston and you would like to nurture creativity, give WITS a call at 713-523-3877.

by Marcia Chamberlain, Writers in the Schools