David Stallings, Director of Arts + Culture

A Month of our LGBTQ+ Heroes: Bayard Rustin, pacifist and activist

| MON, JUN 01, 2020

In my early twenties, I was eager to talk about “gay marriage” with whomever I could.  It was that trigger that activated pain in my soul whenever the topic came…

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Stories and Sonnets

| TUE, APR 14, 2020

The Greek origin of the word “poetry” literally means, “I create”.  The use of language to rise above semantics and ordinary prose has been a touchstone of human artistic expression…

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Community Corner: A Cure for a Virtual Hangover

| FRI, APR 03, 2020

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m David — the “theater guy” at the 14Y. It’s been quite the adventure, turning our artistic content into digital interactions, and I hope…

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Inspirational Women Of Past and Present

| WED, MAR 04, 2020

What do Jane Austen, the Mona Lisa and Mary McLeod Bethune all have in common? The 14th Street Y…for this month, anyway! This Women’s History Month, we are honoring the…

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Led and Inspired By Faith

| FRI, FEB 14, 2020

I first met Richarda Abrams a few years ago when we were cast in a play at La MaMa together. I immediately warmed to her strong presence, professional work method…

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Coming Out From New York to Belgrade, Our Stories Must Be Told

| TUE, OCT 08, 2019

When I think of Pride, I generally think of celebration. My recent experiences in New York are much more joyful than the fear and shame I had before coming out.…

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Don’t Stray Away

| MON, AUG 26, 2019

A Brand New Family-Friendly Musical Hits The 14Y Theater in September! Here at the 14th Street Y, we celebrate all members of our community, even our furry friends! In honor of National…

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Friendly’s Fire—A Conversation with Playwright John Patrick Bray

| FRI, MAY 03, 2019

Associate Artistic Director David Stallings and playwright John Patrick Bray discuss Bray’s upcoming production, Friendly’s Fire, at the 14Y Theater. Bray discusses growing up in a small town and how…

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Strength in the face of Loss, Struggle, and War

| MON, APR 08, 2019

Rather than discussing walls and barriers, we at the 14th Street Y see art as a bridge to different cultures and a medium to celebrate their place in our shared…

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David Stalling’s Artist Statement on The Baby Monitor

| WED, NOV 28, 2018

I wrote this play out of fear. Several years ago now, my husband told me there was a special on CNN about a single gay parent whose two daughters were…

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