Scott Turner Schofield, award-winning transgender actor, artist, solo theater performer and diversity speaker (not to mention, Theater at Emory alum!) delivers a TED Talk about transgender identity and ending gender.
This two-year fellowship is among the first of its kind, and is one of only a few existing university creative writing fellowships dedicated to supporting the work of playwrights. Developed as part of Theater Emory’s commitment to creating new work, the fellowship provides a budding playwright, and his or her students, with opportunities to break new ground in dramatic writing.
Lauren Gunderson, playwright and Emory alum, delivers the keynote address at the American Theatre Critics Association Annual Conference, presented by the Humana Festival of New American Plays. In her keynote, Gunderson examines deep themes on the nature of theatre criticism as a craft and on the relationship between the critic, theatre artists, and the public.
In Scenic Painting, theater students learn basic techniques of scenic painting, explore the role of the scenic artist, and become well-versed in the scenic painter/scenic designer relationship. Check out the beautiful final projects from some newly minted scenic artists!
Alex Torra and Dito van Reigersberg from Philadelphia’s internationally acclaimed “dance-clown-theatre-ensemble,” Pig Iron Theatre Company came to Emory this April to conduct their “Something from Nothing” workshop with theater students and alumni.
During the week long workshop, attendees learned the process of creating an ensemble-based work of theater through Pig Iron’s tried-and-true creation processes. Participants were given performance assignments to be solved as an assignment. Playwriting and directing duties were shared among the ensemble, and decisions were made collaboratively.
Pig Iron emphasizes generating original material, physicalizing characters and theatrical ideas, structuring group improvisations into finished pieces and the role music and rhythm play in theatrical creation. Participants will work on taking material developed through improvisation and turning it into pieces that are precise, full, exuberant, and moving. The workshop culminated in an open showing of short works created over the course of the program exploring a theme given to participants by Alex and Dito: “So…This is how it ends.” Workshop participants included current students Jake Krakovsky, Lauren Levitt, Kelly Spicer, TC Kinser, Walid Said and alumni Nicholas Surbey, Emma Yarbrough, and Rachel Shuey.
For more information on Pig Iron Theatre company and their training programs at the Pig Iron School, visit their website and facebook page.