Category Archives: Guest Artists

New Orleans theater ensemble NEW NOISE brings physical theater workshop to Emory

This is the Place Where Your Body Belongs: Performing Home

A workshop led by Joanna Russo and Phil Cramer of NEW NOISE, a critically acclaimed New Orleans theater ensemble currently in residence at Serenbe. Introduction by Malina Rodriguez, Theater Emory’s Technical Theater Coordinator and Co-Founder of The Lucky Penny.


Theater Emory recently teamed up with The Lucky Penny to present a physical theater workshop to the local community. This is the Place Where Your Body Belongs: Performing Home
with NEW NOISE of New Orleans, explored some of the methods that NEW NOISE uses in devising original multi-disciplinary work. Through the medium of performance, participants asked themselves and each other one of the questions at the heart of NEW NOISE’s show Oxblood: Is there a place where your body belongs?

NEW NOISE’s Oxblood is currently being developed and presented in the Atlanta metro area as part of a 2016 Project Residency with AIR Serenbe. See it in performance July 22-24, 2016 at 6pm, at Deer Hollow at Serenbe.

We asked for feedback from two of the workshop participants who are rising seniors at Emory. Here’s how they described their experience: 



I wasn’t too sure what to expect, I wasn’t completely sure what I signed up for, and I definitely wasn’t sure how physical my body could get, but come Saturday July 15th, I was set to take part in a two-hour physical theater workshop led by the innovative NEW NOISE of Louisiana.

I was pretty nervous as I rushed in chomping my last couple bites of lunch. The workshop began with a physical warmup reminiscent of Gaga dancing, then swiftly transitioned in to a non-stop workshop that would have moments introducing completely in-body theatrical techniques, then moments that were a physical fruition of subconscious writing on deep thought questions such as “Where is home?” and “Where does your body belong?”

Throughout the workshop, a heart of collaboration between the various disciplines of performance art was extremely clear. Being a true and blue liberal arts student who loves blurring the lines in which we confine the different medias of art, this was my jam and butter! The room was filled with artists with various backgrounds from dance to theater and spoken word artist to those who speak solely with their bodies. We would work in teams combining these backgrounds to improvised skits that blended into improvised movements that blended into improvised writing, allowing me to see the variety of natural performance from the artists in the room. As a student with a background in stage acting, I soaked in all the various media and artist’s techniques that pushed my ideas of what theatrical performance could be.

The two hours went by in a blur, I honestly left wishing we had a full day to play! Alas, I will have to suffice by further supporting the NEW NOISE troupe in their performance of Oxblood at Serenbe this weekend, July 22nd-24th! I am extremely thankful for being able to take part in their workshop and would love to see more!

Dalyla McGee
Class of 2017
Anthropology and Human Biology Major
Theater Studies Minor


IMG_2291The NEW NOISE Workshop was, at first, simultaneously very new and familiar territory to me. As a dancer, I often do not use my voice as a vehicle of expression in performance. My instinct is my body. So, naturally, I was slightly anxious about an experimental theater workshop.  With Joanna’s encouraging and clear direction, that anxiety melted away as the layers of physical mediums in art began to overlap. The intrinsic similarities between art forms opened up an endless universe of loosened possibilities; no right, no wrong, just speak with your body, speak with your voice.  Prompts for creative writing exercises like “describe home to you” or “where does your body belong?” lent themselves to deep-seeded realities brought to light in a myriad of qualities: playful, dark, poignant, tense, sexy, cheerful, surprising or hilarious movement phrases, to name a few. These movement phrases, supported by a vocalization and embodiment of the words written, emphasized that the mover, the speaker, and the creator are one and the same to me. It was a very powerful experience that I am very thankful to have had! Not to mention the fresh opportunity to embody an exhausted book, a creeping chicken, and a devouring automatic vacuum cleaner…

Clara Schulstad Guyton
Class of 2017
Dance and Movement Studies Major
English Major



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.

Click here to read the article in full.

Breaking Ground 2015

BG2015Breaking Ground, Theater Emory’s annual series of works in development, returns to the Schwartz Theater Lab June 20-July 11, 2015. All events are free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 20, 2 p.m.

Untitled Clown Piece

Caitlin Reeves and Emma Yarbrough

Caitlin and Emma will work with Maia Knispel to begin exploring clown alter egos for an upcoming, autobiographical duo performance.

Sunday, June 21, 7 p.m.

The Squall

Callosum Collective

A multimedia adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  Callosum Collective will use Breaking Ground as a jumping off point for the production; mostly focusing on the text and the larger ideas for the production: will it be interactive, how will the text be adapted, and what role will music and video play in the production?

Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, 6 p.m.

“Shaking the Wind”

Minka Wiltz, Tom W. Jones II, and Addae Moon

A one woman telling of Minka’s life living as the child of a pharmacist turned street preacher in Atlanta, Ga and the first installment of a larger piece chronicling her life. Shaking the Wind opens up questions Minka has about secrets and mystery in her family past which may have affected her mother’s perception of faith and reality.

Sunday, June 28, 2 p.m.

Inside Voice

David Crowe and Patricia Henritze

Inside Voice reimagines the lives of women in history, science, politics and fiction creating a dynamic theatrical event. David and Patricia are inviting a wide range of artists to collaborate with other artists in new ways while exploring diverse stories of women viewed through a modern lens.

Sunday, July 5, 7:30 p.m.

A Night of Twisted Tales
regular $15; student $10

The Weird Sisters Theatre Project

An evening of short plays where fairy tales collide with the modern female. Featuring both emerging Atlanta writers and nationally recognized playwrights including Lauren Gunderson, Deborah Laufer, Wendy MacLeod, Anna Ziegler, Daryl Fazio, and many more.

Monday, July 6, 7 p.m.

The Three Lives of Derreck Kayongo

Patricia Henritze, Matt Huff, Derreck Kayongo

From Uganda to Kenya to America, The Three Lives of Derreck Kayongo takes us on an incredible journey of transformation.  In this inspiring story, we travel with Derreck through his childhood in war-torn Africa and walk with him on his path from homeless refugee to successful entrepreneur.

Tuesday, July 7, 7:30 p.m.

The White Whale

Jeffrey Allen Sneed and Julia Weeks

Jo, a graduate student, follows her fellow student James to a secluded jetty in New England where she watches him play out the subject of his thesis: American Whalers. What seems like a lighthearted game of whalers and pirates takes a quick turn when Jo realizes the thing James was setting off to sea to escape wasn’t a boring, whaleless life, but her.

Saturday, July 11, beginning at 12 p.m. (all day event)


Johnny Drago, Daryl Fazio, Edith Freni, and Michael Winn

Inspired by Paula Vogel’s playwriting “Bake-Off” process, 4:48 is a creative sprint to the finish. Atlanta-based playwrights Johnny Drago, Daryl Fazio, Michael Winn and Emory University Playwriting Fellow, Edith Freni, will lock themselves away for two-days of furious writing, at the end of which they’ll have four brand new plays all based around the same source material. After a swift workshop process, all of the material will be presented to the public in a full day presentation.

TCG Circle: Diane Glancy on Global Voices festival

Post image for Direct the Light of ReasonIn a recent blog post for Theater Communication Group’s online journal, TCG Circle, playwright Diane Glancy counted her Global Voices experience as one of the most “game-changing productions” she’s seen or created. Glancy states:

“Just by neglecting a set and putting emphasis on the words alone, the language stood up as a warrior and said what it maybe had wanted to say all along. The words were set, action, character, conflict / complication / and resolution. The focus centered on what was heard. I also saw my play in relationship to others in the series, as it became a part of the group of plays that became a ‘communal play that took three weeks to present’ (my words).”

Read the entire blog post here.

Alumni News: Scott Turner Schofield on ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’

turner 2Theater at Emory alum and “renowned diversity speaker, author and performer” Scott Turner Schofield will make his TV acting debut on the Emmy Award-winning daytime series “The Bold and the Beautiful,” the New York Daily News has just announced. Schofield, a transgender actor, will first appear May 8 as Nick, a mentor to fashion model Maya Avant, who’s “in the center of a cliffhanger-inducing storm revolving around her gender identity.”

Says Schofield, “(The show is) going in the direction that transgender people can be happy about. And not only transgender people, but everyone who knows and loves a transgender person.”

Read the New York Daily News’ full article here.

ArtsATL: Playwright Snehal Desai brings Indian perspective to Emory’s Global Voices

snehal(crop)Playwright Snehal Desai chuckles when recalling his mother’s first response upon learning her son had been accepted to Yale’s graduate school for theatre studies. “You can still take some classes at the law school, right?”

Growing up in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, Desai was no different from millions of other first-generation Americans whose parents are inclined to remind their kids, “We came here to give you the kinds of opportunities we never had back home.” Repeatedly.

But the irony of the immigrant dream of unlimited opportunity, says Desai, is that it tends to cover a very limited spectrum — including doctor, lawyer, engineer or businessperson — none of which was appealing to him.

Live performance, on the other hand, had his name written all over it.

Read the full article here.

Atlanta Magazine: What connects John Malkovich, Julian Sands, and Harold Pinter?

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“Some of us associate actor Julian Sands with period films like A Room with a View, while others may think of his more recent horror film oeuvre. Here’s an association less likely but infinitely more fascinating: Sands was a friend of the late playwright Harold Pinter and has captured his spirit in a one-man show that comes to Emory in September.”

Read the full article here.