A House Unbuilt uses radical listening practices to open more ears and create greater possibility for civil discourse during a time when the United States and the world are greatly divided. Our work focuses primarily in Middle America, from small towns to larger urban centers. We draw on one-on-one relationship-building to cultivate connection across divides, although we are not necessarily seeking agreement.
A House Unbuilt believes story can connect us. The understanding of story as a confluence of individual landscapes, voices, and movements, is vital to our approach to both gathering and sharing stories. We perceive story as an embodied object, existing in time, continuous. Story is only ever captured in part and creates great opportunity for empathy.
The work of A House Unbuilt is research, performance, and activism. These are not mutually exclusive, but rather exist together simultaneously to create a well-balanced purpose and effort. Through listening, we create opportunity for others to reconsider and reimagine the place where they are from, the people that surround them, and the time that they live in.
Meet the Team
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Victoria Bradford Styrbicki
Founder & Artistic Director
Victoria Bradford Styrbicki is an artist and cultural producer working across the lines of performance, research, and activism. She is a Louisiana native and thrives on place-based work that connects with the “social choreography” of a people—their movement both physical and conceptual toward greater connectivity. After earning her Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Victoria worked extensively in this field in the city of Chicago, moving after ten years to the Twin Cities in Minnesota where she now lives and works [more].
Tom Styrbicki is a bridge engineer, runner, bicyclist and Minnesota native. Tom serves as the State Design Engineer at the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and in this role he supports and encourages the movement of people in every way (motorized and non-motorized) that fulfill their lives. In addition to being a licensed professional engineer with a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado, BS in Civil Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and MS in Structural Engineering from the University of Nebraska, Styrbicki has competed in 20 marathons, 30 relays, and 15 triathlons.
Dinah Bradford is a community volunteer based in Lake Charles, Louisiana where she serves on the board of the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana. As a long-time supporter of Louisiana State University, she currently serves as a member of the College of Human Science and Education’s Peabody Society Board of Directors. As a former Principal of Immaculate Conception Cathedral School as well as past president of the Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc., she continues her involvement with these organizations serving on advisory committees when called upon.
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