Encounter is an annual a performance series curated around diversity, equity and inclusion. The series is comprised of mid-length works (20 minutes or longer) of theater, visual art, music, video, dance and performance. In 2019 Encounter performed at Collaboraction Studios before select works toured to Englewood for a performance at Kennedy-King College.

Encounter is curated through a combination of open and invited submissions from emerging and established artists throughout the city. Every performance is followed by a Crucial Conversation where the audience is welcomed to share their thoughts and lived experiences as they connect with the work. The series serves to engage the Chicago community in discussion on issues of equity and inclusion, incite knowledge and grow empathy that leads to action and lasting change.

Encounter is performed at Kennedy-King College's Performing Arts Center at 740 W 63rd St in Englewood as part of Collaboraction's residency at KKC.

The Line Up


Inspire: Breathe Life
Written by Sir Taylor

Directed by Anthony Moseley

Sir Taylor shares his life story from growing up in Cabrini-Green, being a founding member of the Jesse White Tumblers, going to Africa and dedicating his life to leave a positive impact on his community and setting the example for Chicago youth as community activist, mentor and leader of The Example Setters.

Lady Sol’s Dance Diary, Vol. 1
Written and performed by Leida "Lady Sol" Garcia
Directed by Sandra Delgado
Featuring DJ Phreaky Bionick and Sydney Jackson

Lady Sol’s Dance Diary Vol. 1 welcomes audiences into the personal and professional life of Leida Garcia, a bonafide Chicago street dance professional whose life takes a dark detour at the height of a successful tour in South Africa and after a music video appearance with 90s Hip Hop legends, The Fugees.


Englewood: A Love Story
Devised and directed by Reginald Edmund

A devised love letter to the past, present and future of Englewood made from a compelling blend of history and true stories from actual residents in the community.

Lift Every Voice
Written by G. Riley Mills and Willie Round
Directed by Rory Jobst

When a racist Snapchat makes its way around a high school its students are left to grapple with their own history, biases and privilege in order to maintain their relationships.

Written by Miranda Gonzalez
Directed by Juan Castenada

After the birth of their child, two Chicago police officers and partners, Josh and Lala, are the victims of racial harassment at the hands of their fellow officers.

Written by Antwon Funches
Directed by Tatyana Chante

Set in the 19th century American South, this one act play follows the climactic escape of an enslaved mother and daughter, exploring what happens when we accept love and empathy, and what happens when we reject it.

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ENCOUNTER 2019 photos by Joel Maisonet



January 14-25, 2020

Kennedy-King College's Performing Arts Center at 740 W 63rd St in Englewood


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