Mission & History
Releasing the artistry of curiosity though Insight art
TÉA creates Insight art. TÉA takes an imaginative approach to content and form to create performance pieces that illuminate the inner patterns of feeling and thinking that precipitate the way we interact with each other and ourselves. TÉA takes an even more imaginative theatrical aesthetic to illuminate the inner pattern of character’s feeling and thinking in such a way that audience members themselves become reflexively curious about their own inner patterns of feeling and thinking and how these patterns precipitate their own valuing and decision making.
For nearly ten years now, TÉA has been progressively developing a platform for the collaborative design and creation of Insight art. In 2009 we launched TE’A as an initiative of Radha Productions, and Intersections International stepped up as a founding partner, providing critical support and encouragement as we gathered and trained the original Company of TÉA actors, with whom we worked collaboratively to create Under the Veil: Being Muslim (and Non-Muslim) in New York, post-9/11. We performed the piece dozens of times, in six states, to thousands of audience members.
In 2012, we produced a sold-out, site-specific, Equity showcase of Cadence: Home in midtown Manhattan - again in collaboration with Intersections - and on the strength of this success, TE’A and Intersections decided to collaborate in a more formal way, and in 2013 Vieve Radha Price and Chuk Obasi became members of the Intersections’ staff, and TE’A became an official initiative of Intersections International.
The work with Intersections continued and led both to the creation of Uniform Justice – playing to full houses and terrific reviews at the New York Fringe Festival – and to the incubation and development of There’s Something About America, now titled Rocco, Chelsea, Adriana, Sean, Claudia, Gianna, Alex – TÉA’s most socially and aesthetically ambitious work to date, premiering at Here Arts Center in 2019.
In 2015, with a number of longstanding colleagues and collaborators, including Intersections, we launched a new venture, TÉA Creative, Inc., which works on a number of Insight based projects, and continues to create and push the aesthetic horizon of Insight Art.
With a generous grant from World Connect, an international organization, TÉA Creative launched Insight Artists for Global and Social Change, a cohort of nine Insight artists challenged with further developing the tenants of Insight Artistry in 2017. Over a four weekend workshop series, the Insight artists focused on how they participate as global citizens and how Insight art can illuminate their engagement. The series culminated in an afternoon salon where the artists presented original works of Insight art.
Presently, TÉA Creative is in the second phase of a new Insight Project focusing on the dynamics of race in America.