Storyteller, performer and brand-builder (The Region, Northwest Indiana)
Forging new narratives in a post-industrial region
Post-industrial American factory towns like Gary, Indiana, face a gluttony of problems in redefining themselves. Policy makers and politicians can only do so much in terms of leading communities into a new day. Educator/designer Tyler Lennox Bush argues that it takes creative minds to rewrite the narratives of struggling former manufacturing towns in order to empower citizens to participate in the renovation of their communities. Sweat equity and emotional labor used in ritual are what create community, but the process – what Bush calls “cinderwork” – starts with a shared vision of the people in the margins. Craft and social entrepreneurs who create story, perform it on a daily basis influence behavior and perception of place.
Tyler is a performer, storyteller, and brand-builder. As an undergrad, he was an NCAA Academic All-American Wrestler and a GLCA New York Arts Fellow. Tyler continued his study of performance after college at The Second City Chicago acting studio, The Actors Center New York, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and The Atlantic Theater Acting School. He also co-illustrated and co-authored Gary is a Fish, a children’s book that Author House will publish in the summer of 2015.
Tyler holds a Bachelor in Fine Art and Rhetoric from Wabash College, where he graduated magna cum laude. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Communications & Creative Arts at Purdue University.