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Artist/Activist: Lunchtime Conversations with Linda Parris-Bailey and Don Spencer


carpetbagLinda Parris-­Bailey (Playwright), as the primary Writer­in­Residence for The Carpetbag Theatre Ensemble (CBT), has written numerous touring works for Carpetbag and several commissioned works for other national theatre companies. Her published works can be found in several anthologies including Alternate Roots, Plays from the Southern Theatre; Ensemble Works!; Monologues for Actors of Color; High Performance and Breathing the Same Air. She currently serves on the Management Committee of the International Women Playwrights Conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Her work was performed at the WPI conference in Australia. As a cultural worker, Parris-­Bailey has worked in communities throughout the United States including residencies for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and New World Theatre. She has been the recipient of the Otto Award for Political Theater, Circle of Change Award and Artist of the Year.


Don Spencer graduated from Guilford Elementary (1972), Brattleboro Union (1976) joined the Army (1976-1998), was recalled in 2009 until 2012; served in the Infantry in a Mortar Platoon, was a Drill Instructor (1985-­1987); guarded the Czech/East German border (1976­-1985); deployed with the 1st Armored Division to Desert Storm, 3rd Infantry Division to Egypt, supported the deployments of the 3rd ID to Somalia and Haiti; recalled to the Army (2009-­2012) as an Instructor for the University of New Hampshire; working on 2nd marriage, 2 kids, 2 grand kids, currently training as clinical counselor, working with veterans and their families, and living in Guilford.

Ruck-up is a veterans resource center doing outreach for area veterans. We work with local agencies to house. We do advocacy within the community and with VA, have a clothing shelf, food shelf, have two counselors on staff working primarily with veterans and their families about trauma and PTSD related issues.

please bring your own lunch

Interviewed by Jon Potter

Wednesday Nov 16, 2016
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Artist Interview
118 Elliot
$5 suggested donation

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