During the lifeless theater season due to COVID shutdown of all performance venues, ART/WNY called upon local writers to share their thoughts on the looming pandemic and how it effected them. Hence, The 716 Voices series was born. It featured accessible videos highlighting regional writers, playwrights and poets utilizing regional backgrounds to underscore the narratives.

This project intentions were to bring attention to the personalities of Buffalo writers, but reflected a time and place felt when theaters and all creativity with them went dark for 15 months. 

The 716 Voices can be assessed through ART/WNY's social media sites:

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REFLECTIONS

by Susan Hutchinson

Narrated and Featuring

Suzanne Hibbard

QUITE AND SILENCE

by Mark Humphrey

Narrated by

Mike Dugan 

NATURAL THEORY

by Justin Pope

Narrated by

Mike Dugan 

AN ACTOR WILL PREPARE AGAIN

by Matthew LaChiusa

Narrated by Mike Dugan 

Featuring Hugh Davis 

CRACKS IN THE WALL

By Monish Bhattacharyya

Narrated by Mike Dugan