Participant Story: Dave Harris

 

“It was a surprise to live in a house with people from so many different backgrounds. It is comforting to know that there are people who care for each other and can support me in my PULSE experience. ” – Dave Harris

 

A graduate of Yale University, Dave Harris studied theater with a concentration in Playwriting and African American Performance. Four of his plays were produced during his time at Yale; White History was a UMASS Play Lab Finalist, The Promised Land was presented by Yale School of Drama actors at the Annual Festival of New Work, and  Exception to the Rule won the 2015 Yale Playwrights Festival. In addition to his playwriting, Dave was the president of WORD, Yale’s Slam Poetry Team, and was an Artist in Residence at New Haven Arts & Humanities Co-op from 2014 to 2015. He became the youngest winner of the Rustbelt National Poetry Slam in 2015. He enjoys chocolate chip cookies, dancing salsa and blues, and writing anything and everything. He is placed at the Alumni Theater Company.

Kayla Clark: What has been the most valuable part of the PULSE experience so far?

Dave Harris: The arts community in Pittsburgh has been one of the most welcoming communities I have found in a city, especially as a newcomer. It has allowed me to develop new material in a supportive environment.

Kayla: Tell me something you are learning about yourself through PULSE.

Dave: In order for you to do anything you want in the arts world you have to have your own creative control. In some sectors of the art world there are still communities that have not embraced the beauty that comes with including diverse perspectives. So it is hard to find people who want to make the arts more inclusive.

Kayla: What have you enjoyed most about living in community?

Dave: It was a surprise to live in a house with people from so many different backgrounds. It is comforting to know that there are people who care for each other and can support me in my PULSE experience. It has been an incredible experience interacting with people I can bond and relate to.

Kayla: What’s your favorite “family meal” recipe for the house?

Dave: My favorite family meal has been Damilola’s chicken pot pie. It was a comfort food classic that was seasoned and tasted great.

Kayla: What is the best part of the PULSE experience?

Dave: The best part is the stability that comes with not having to worry about rent and other finances. This allows me to get involved in activities where I can develop and create art. It allows me to get involved within the Pittsburgh community without having to focus on doing things for money.  I can get involved in activities because I want to and not because I have to.

Story by PULSE Participant Kayla Clark.

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