Emory Report: Breaking Ground summer theater series focuses on collaboration, creative process

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Rachel Shuey 10C, Jake Krakovsky 14C, Nysa Loudon 16C and Wade Tilton took part in a bunraku puppetry workshop during Breaking Ground 2014. This year’s series unites students, alumni, faculty, staff and professional artists from Atlanta and beyond to work on seven different projects.

It is the nature of the arts that conversations between the artist, the audience and the work often begin and end with a final product. Patrons rarely get a glimpse behind the veil of creativity; however, many of the most exciting discoveries surface during the creative process.

But for three years, Theater Emory’s Breaking Ground series has provided an uncommon opportunity: a space where artists can come together to exchange with fellow creators and share their processes with the community.

This week, the Breaking Ground series returns with public presentations occurring June 20-July 11 in the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The four-week long laboratory brings students, alumni, faculty, staff and professional artists from Atlanta and beyond to work on seven different projects. Each project has time in the Theater Lab to develop work, following which the creators invite the public to view and respond to their ideas.

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