DANA TAI SOON BURGESS, Associate Professor of Dance:
ALLYSON STOKES, Adjunct Professor of Theatre:
My play BENCHED runs with fellow GWU professor Renee Calarco's play BLEED at The Writer's Center in Bethesda. It's being produced by Pinky Swear Productions - tickets info is on their website. We run through May 19th.
My play CAESAR AND DADA is premiering at WSC Avant Bard this June 19 and runs through July 14. It's being presented at The Callan Theatre at The Catholic University of America.
My brand new (as in, not-yet-finished - gulp!) play THE SOONER CHILD is having its first staged reading with 1st Draft Reading Series on May 20th at The Arts Club of Washington. This is a free event.
SIGRIDUR JOHANNESDOTTIR, Assistant Professor of Theatre:
The Elder Statesmen by T.S. Eliot
ELIZABETH KITSOS-KANG, Adjunct Professor of Theatre:
Over a series of 6 visits, I taught 4 GW playwriting students and 5 senior citizens to work together on building scripts (monologues and scenes) from real life stories of the participants. These stories were shared through story swapping and theatre exercises based on themes from student written plays. The developed scripts were then written by the 4 students after the first few workshops had concluded. After the scripts were completed, the senior citizens and the students met to rehearse the new material, and then shared it through two public performances. They performed side by side- senior citizens and GW students as an intergenerational creation of new theatre works. The performances were held in February at the Independent living Facility, and at The George Washington University as part of our week long New Plays Festival. I developed the curriculum and taught and led the project.
Here is a link to the GW Performance
In April I presented at a Conference for The Washington DC Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium called Collaborations for Excellence in Geriatric Education. It was a Professional Development Program for health care professionals about: Interprofessional Care for the Older Adult
I was able to show clips from our performances at GW during the New Plays Festival. The title of my presentation was, Treating the Whole Person, Reflecting on the Personal Stories of Older Adults. The objective was to improve health outcomes by encouraging health care providers to listen and reflect on conversations with older adults. By using theatre and the arts in general, healthcare outcomes for older adults are greatly improved.
This summer I will manage my company ETC’s 20 summer camp sessions. I will also direct the Colonial Inauguration Scenes from College Life and facilitate a large discussion with the parents of the incoming freshman regarding sensitive issues faced during college years. In addition, I will work with Street Sense- (A group that helps the homeless) by facilitating and teaching writing workshops where devised work is created through personal stories shared and written.
Alan Wade, Professor of Theatre:
Maida Withers, Professor of Dance: