A year-long residency at the University of Utah hosted by the Department of Theatre. Playmaking practicums, devised theatre master classes, interdisciplinary convenings, and an Open Studio with Humanities and Historical Advisor, Bryant University’s Dr. Judy Barrett Litoff.

THE PROJECT had three distinct-but-complementary components.

♦ Scaffolding: Curriculum design. Master classes and practicums leading to the design of frameworks, materials, and instructional strategies for Scaffolding – an approach to devised theatre that uses unconventional texts for teaching and performance. Deliberately integrating established play development practices with qualitative research methods and scholarship, Scaffolding reflects emerging interdisciplinary directions in both the creation of performative events and the engagement of audiences in shaping those events.

♦ In and through the arts: Public practice and community engagement. A series of convenings supported by in-depth research aimed at stimulating thinking and dialogue around arts-based interdisciplinary partnerships (within the campus community) and cross-sector collaborations (with non-academic domains and organizations). The Creative Campus Biennial was conceived as a responsive model for the development and integration of arts and creativity across the University. Its purpose would be to provide an expansive portfolio of opportunities for the campus community to create, experience, collaborate, teach, study, and learn in and through the arts.

♦ Articles of War: Development of new work for the stage. Incorporating letters, government records, surveys, journal articles, and other narratives, Articles of War blends performance-based documentary with scholarship and social commentary to bring to life the wartime experiences of women who served in the U.S. military during World War II. The residency period encompassed research and curation, table reads, public workshops (in Los Angeles), and a work-in-progress Open Studio.

Project Documentation

Scaffolding Casebook >>

Resource Bank: Scaffolding >>

Open Studio 2017 >>

Resource Bank: Women in the Military in WWII

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