Faculty Development and Student Engagement Workshops, Related Consulting Projects
The City as Theater Project
Friday, May 11, 2012--4-7 pm
600 Linden Street
The University of Scranton, Scranton, PA 18510
Come join students producing performances in conjuntion with the seminar, "The Theater as City." Innovative micro-theater, co-directed by Aaron Landsman and Hank Willenbrink.
Performances are free!
My colleague Hank Willenbrink and I taught a course called "The City as Theater," the result of which was a student final project that resulted in a 3 hour public performance in which we created a "city in speech." We called the performance, "Performing the City: An Experiment in Civic Street Theater." Each student created an interactive performance piece. Audience response was quite amazing--for example, students, faculty, and community members got together and spontaneously built a shelter from salvaged materials for a student performing as a homeless street teen; a protest erupted outside the performance of a student who'd developed a gated community; students took turns helping a statue of Pericles come to life read speeches on democracy...
We'll be posting video soon on a Youtube channel OurCityMay2012. But here are two links to interviews we did prior to the performance, one on radio and the other in our local entertainment news weekly... Radio interview: http://wvia.org/radio/wvia-fm-programs/artscene click on May 9th program
We will be offering workshops to college/university faculty as well as K-12 teachers on how they might develop courses or projects that utilize innovative civic street theater performances to encourage critical reflection and civic engagement. Contact us at OurCityMay2012@gmail.com for information.
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