Past Projects

OneIronaut

September 12-13, 2020

A 24-hour, one-of-a-kind, virtually immersive, theatrical experience, premiered live on our cyber stage. Escape to the year 2090, where nature has taken back what’s rightfully hers and citizens of the world live to dream.

Created by Kayla Zanakis

Directed by Emily Vitrano

Empathy Radio

July - August 2020

A weekly virtual podcast-style show, that ran during the pandemic of 2020. Zoom call-in radio style dialogue and listening hour, 

modeling constructive conversations and fostering empathy.

Hosted by Michael Herman & Emily Vitrano

The Empathy Project:
a new human experience | Volume II

June 27, 2020

The Empathy Project included both live and pre-recorded performances of stories from people of all ages, races, beliefs and demographics, all surrounding their current experience of our country’s social and political unrest, the protests of George Floyd’s murder, and our nation’s cries for justice, for change, and for peace. 

Laugh Hard

June - July 2020

A hilarious weekly virtual workshop for female comedians, hosted by Maddy Smith, Shana Goodman, Sarah Garner and Maggie Lalley. Broadcast on Outer Loop TV. Coming back soon!

The Empathy Project:
a new human experience | Volume I

May 30, 2020

The Empathy Project launched in May of 2020 and included both live and pre-recorded performances of stories from people of all ages, races, beliefs and demographics, all surrounding their current experience of COVID-19 and the global pandemic. 

News Hard
May - July 2020

A weekly virtual news satire show, hosted by comedian Miles Potter and Outer Loop Artistic Director Michael Herman, broadcast on Outer Loop TV. Think Saturday Night Live meets the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Humanity Project: Phase 4
Mloka, Tanzania
June - November 2019

Co-Artistic Directors Michael Herman & Rachael Yoder returned to Tanzania, along with some of our donors, to continue THP work in Mloka. Thanks to our donor support and a partnership with the Government of Tanzania, we completed 2 new wells and 1 new play!

Uponyaji (To Heal)
Mloka, Tanzania, July 2019

A devised performance piece by artists
from the U.S. and Mloka, addressing the
question: "What does it mean to heal?"

Directed by Michael Herman

13 Suits: A Mother's Monologues
Staged Reading
Albany, NY, May 20th, 2019

Based on actual events, 
13 Suits: A Mother's Monologues is a multimedia theatrical experience, crafted from a mother's reflections after losing her son. 


Written by Kathleen K. Duff
Adapted by Michael Herman &
​Rachael Yoder  

The Humanity Project TEDx Talk
Albany, NY, April 2019

Co-Artistic Directors Michael Herman and Rachael Yoder were invited to the TEDx stage, to speak
about humanity, unity, and their work on 
The Humanity Project

The event was held at the Brown School
​in Albany, New York.

​You can watch the TEDx video on YouTube here.

The Humanity Project: Phase 3
Mloka, Tanzania
September - November 2018

In the fall of 2018, Co-Artistic Director Michael Herman returned to Tanzania to continue THP work in Mloka. Thanks to our donor support and a partnership with the Government of Tanzania, we continued construction of the remaining buildings on the health center property.

The Humanity Project: Phase 2
Mloka, Tanzania
June - July 2018

In June 2018, Co-Artistic Directors Rachael Yoder and Michael Herman returned to Tanzania to continue work in Mloka. Thanks to our donor support and a partnership with African Well Fund, we opened the labor clinic, built a well, began teaching theater at the local primary school, and continued our collaboration with Tanzanian artists. 

The Humanity Project
Mloka, Tanzania
January - March 2017

In January 2017, Co-Artistic Directors Rachael Yoder and Michael Herman traveled to Tanzania to join Asha and her
husband Patrick, along with other Mloka residents, in building a labor clinic and
continuing to develop the Ubinadamu project, as well as a school drama curriculum. ​

Ubinadamu
New York, NY, July 2016

Produced by DAT
Directed by Michael Herman
Inspired by Asha Musa Dibuga


Lighting Design: Erin Jones
Set Design: Elle Kunnos de Voss
Road Manager, Dramaturg and Choreographer: Sarapia Veruli
​Featuring: Ariana Howell, Brian Telestai, Kate Moran, Kerith Telestai, Sarah Grace Sanders, and Vanessa Frank


Photos by Kevin McNair

Talk Hard: March
New York, NY
March 28th, 2016

Lineup:
Shana Goodman
Sarah Jacobs
Maddie Smith
Jarielle Uter
Maggie Lalley
Rachael Yoder
Michael Herman
Sergio Castillo
Photos by Sissel Annett 

Talk Hard: February
New York, NY
February 29th, 2016
The Talk Hard Anniversary! ​

Lineup:
Shana Goodman
Lovell
The Gramophone Mashup
Sergio Castillo
Sarah Jacobs
Anthony Rodriguez
Maggie Lalley
Becca Beveraggi
Maddy Smith
Photos by Rachael Yoder