Neighborhood on the Edge
Presented by Shaun Nethercott
“Neighborhood on the Edge” is a sound and image installation for the Mexicantown Latino Cultural Center. Viewers will see and hear from Hubbard Richard residents about the community’s existential challenges because of its proximity to the Ambassador Bridge, the international border, and the redevelopment of the Michigan Central Station.
About the Artist
Dr. Shaun S. Nethercott is an award-winning Michigan based playwright, author, and puppeteer. Named a Kresge Artist in 2016, she uses immersive or mobile staging, audience engagement, and polyphonic voices to explore feminist, environmental, and other justice themes.
Over her 30-year career as an artist, arts administrator, and activist, she developed and produced 32 new plays, including mobile works like "Fear and Faith", "Raven’s Seed" and "Ghost Waters", site- specific works like "Once Was Paradise", and "Boomtown 1925", as well as immersive pieces like "’37-’87", "Trial", and "Mother Tongue". Most performances have integrated wide-scale community engagement activities developed in partnership with non-arts community organizations.
As the founder of Matrix Theatre Company in Detroit, she received numerous awards and commendations, including the Governor’s Art Award, Mattin Arts Award for work with at-risk youth, and the Theresa Maxis Award for Social Justice. Most recently, she received the Local Initiative Support Corporation Exemplary Leadership Award for her work leading the Cultural Crossroads Coalition. She was recently named Executive Director of the Institute of Detroit Studies at the Marygrove College.
In addition to her playwriting work, Dr. Nethercott is an essayist and memoirist. Her discussion of participatory budgeting, “Detroiters Decide” recently appeared in Riverwise Magazine. “Service Day” will appear in Sojourners.
Two book length memoirs, "Away from Work", which chronicles she and her husband’s 4200 mile bicycle ride across the United States in 2013, and "Is This the Way?", chronicling the couple’s 500-mile hike on the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain, are currently being considered for publication.