What are the impulses that lead to a theatre’s founding? How does its original vision get articulated (or not) in practice? Where does a theatre’s particular genius lie—in an individual, a group, a style of work? How does a theatre reflect the city or community it springs from? These were just some of the questions explored last spring in a School of Drama PhD seminar on Founding Visions of the American Theatre. Tonight, three current doctoral students and a group of Seattle theatre pioneers will explore these same questions in the context of our city’s own theatre community.
Presentations by current PhD students include:
UW School of Drama—Monica Cortes Viharo
The Mountaineers Players—Robert Wighs
Alice B. Theatre—Jay Eckard
Following the presentations: A Conversation with Jean Burch Falls, co-founder of A Contemporary Theatre, moderated by Todd London.
The symposium will then continue with a panel moderated by Seattle Times theatre critic, Misha Berson. Panelists will include Marya Sea Kaminski, Desdemona Chiang, Andrew McMasters, Amy Thone, Todd Edward Moore, and Myra Platt.
Small bites and drinks provided. RSVP requested.
Questions? Please contact Katrina Ernst at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-685-0600.