JESSICA CALVANICO Adjunct Lecturer, History of Performance Art
MA in Social Sciences, University of Chicago
Jessica Calvanico completed her graduate studies at the University of Chicago in 2009, where she studied Social Sciences. With a background in Anthropology, she has conducted fieldwork in Washington D.C., Chicago, and the Mississippi Delta studying music, performance, myth and how they intersect with race, gender, space and ethnography. She recently published Avalon, a collection ethnographic plays based on homosocial language practices. She also wrote, directed and performed a play based on that book entitled Avalon: A Play in Four Acts. She has performed and lectured nationally at UC San Diego, UT Texas, Art Institute of Chicago and MoMa PS1.
Classes begin August 27th
Auditions for fall shows: Sept. 1 and 2nd
Welcome meeting: September 7th, campus lifetime
What your faculty did this summer:
Izumi Ashizawa remounted "Mysterious Lake" at Long Island Children's Museum, was in on-going rehearsals for "Le Chemine des Reves" in Montreal, and served a guest tutor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
Mallory Catlett is working on: Circling the Center by Nene Humpphey to be performed on October 12, 13, and 14 in NYC and DECODER 2017 with text by William Burroughs to be performed December 3rd at La Mama in NYC.
Amy Cook finished her manuscript on casting and an essay on Shakespeare, language and cognition.
Steve Marsh worked with scientists across the country leading Improvisation workshops and Media training for the Alda Center in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Philadelphia, Denver, at UC Santa Barbara, Cornell University and Cold Spring Harbor Labs.
Deb Mayo acted in "After," a yet- to- be released web series written by and starring one of our graduates, Joshua Schubart.
Ken Weitzman was a writer-in-residence at the New Harmony Project where he developed two new plays and then co-lead a two-week workshop with playwright Naomi Iizuka at the Sewanee Writers Conference at the University of the South.
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