Local & Live—Completely Safe
Who Are We?
We are your neighbors. Truly. Art is all around you, every day, just waiting to be made and witnessed, just as our neighborhoods and communities are there waiting to be noticed.
The performers of Neighborhood Stories live in the neighborhoods where they perform and are telling stories specific to lives lived in that neighborhood, making each episode of Neighborhood Stories truly local and utterly unique.
For the current episode’s performers, check out What’s Playing? or let yourself be surprised.
Neighborhood Stories exists to bring disparate members of local communities together for safe, live performance; introduce, illuminate, and build emotional investment in local cities and communities; and provide visibility, meaningful work, and income to performing artists while showcasing them as valued members of every neighborhood.
Neighborhood Stories events take place on the unceded lands of the Ohlone peoples and specifically seek to strongly highlight the history and presence of the Bay Area’s diverse cultures and lived experiences, reminding the public how pivotal that diversity has been to the powerful life-force of the Bay Area, how critical it is to maintain and foster, and how much we can learn from and celebrate each other.
Neighborhood Stories was started by veteran stage producer/director Erin Merritt in 2020 with Technical Facilitator Dani Bae in response to the global pandemic both to remind people they never need feel alone and to highlight the roles artists play in every community and the value of their work to that community as positive community-builders. Artists are the canaries in every coal mine, among the first to see any crisis, be harmed by it, be sacrificed to it, and yet among the most resilient, the first to find creative paths out of it and the most willing and able to guide others out as well. Take a look at all the beautiful artists around you. Our life’s work is to make your life a little bit better and bring us all a little bit more in communion with our world.
In the dark times
Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will also be singing.
About the dark times.”
― Bertolt Brecht