Alumni News: Scott Turner Schofield, "Ending Gender"

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.

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View the entire talk, “Ending Gender,” here.

 

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Edith Freni named 2014-2016 Emory University Playwriting Fellow

Headshot_Brian McConkey_CascadeEmory University’s Department of Theater Studies and Creative Writing Program are delighted to announce that Edith Freni has been selected as the 2014-2016 Fellow in Playwriting.

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.

Read full article here

Alumni News: 'Perspectives in Theater Criticism' – a keynote by Lauren Gunderson

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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.

Watch the full address here

 

Final Presentation: Scenic Painting with Sara Culpepper

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!

Andrew Burnette final project, unlit
Andrew Burnette final project, unlit
Andrew Burnette final project, lit
Andrew Burnette final project, lit
Gracen Gilmore final project, unlit
Gracen Gilmore final project, unlit
Gracen Gilmore project, lit
Gracen Gilmore project, lit
Virginia Loeffler final project, unlit
Virginia Loeffler final project, unlit
Virginia Loeffler final project, lit
Virginia Loeffler final project, lit

 

 

 

 

Pig Iron workshop: Something from Nothing

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Alex and Dito from Pig Iron with the workshop participants.

For more information on Pig Iron Theatre company and their training programs at the Pig Iron School, visit their website and facebook page.

 

 

Alumni News: Lauren Gunderson for Huffington Post

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Playwright and theater alum, Lauren Gunderson, delivers an engaging meditation on theater for young audiences for the Huffington Post:

How Theater for Young People Could Save the World

“…so much of the toxicity in this world comes from a collective draining of empathy. We don’t understand each other, and we don’t want to. But theater invites us — no, forces us — to empathize.”

Read the full article here

For more information about Lauren and her work, visit laurengunderson.com

 

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