The Environments Project
The Environments Project is an ongoing effort to foment the bridging of academic communities, as well as the enactment of new methodologies centering on collaboration. By inviting students throughout the university, and having them work with prominent theatrical artists, Environments allows the participant to apply their own intellectual observations to set the framework for a unique performance piece. The first installment of The Environments Project took place in November of 2012, connecting students from many departments--Theatre, Music, English, History, Journalism, Political Science--with professionals in the world of devised performance.
Funded by a grant from Stony Brook’s FAHSS (Faculty in the Arts, Humanities and lettered Social Sciences), and developed by Theatre Arts faculty Stephanie Walter and Valerie Clayman Pye, students involved in the first installment participated in a week-long workshop-in-residence. The concept for the project took its inspiration from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and sought to create “brave new worlds”. Working alongside professionals such as composer John Moran, playwright Ken Weitzman, and choreographer Adrienne Kapstein, the ensemble's creation aligned with the Department of Theatre Arts’ focus on developing new modes of performance and incorporating non-traditional paradigms. Environments strives to engage with the 21st century audience - pushing past traditional barriers in hopes of creating work that allows audience members to rethink the rules of theatre.
Tentative plans for the following installment of the Project are slated for January of 2014.
Funded by a grant from Stony Brook’s FAHSS (Faculty in the Arts, Humanities and lettered Social Sciences), and developed by Theatre Arts faculty Stephanie Walter and Valerie Clayman Pye, students will participate in a week-long workshop-in-residence from November 30 - December 8, 2012. This accelerated program aligns with the Department of Theatre Arts’ focus on developing new modes of performance by providing resources that encourage the integration of multiple creative disciplines in non-traditional paradigms in which students from different backgrounds and disciplines bring their expertise, their scholarly language and their world to the theatre department. - See more at: http://commcgi.cc.stonybrook.edu/am2/publish/General_University_News_2/SBU_Commissions_Original_Work_with_Prolific_Theatrical_Triumvirate_for_Staller_Off_Center_Performance.shtml#sthash.6Jdw1FuK.dpuf
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.
Elizabeth Bojsza taught a workshop in Community Performance for the Pre-College Institute, and look forward to leading a similar workshop at the Stage The Change conference in November http://www.stagethechange.org/.
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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