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This winter, I traveled to Spain to direct a production of The Disputation, a unique play portraying a public debate between Christians and Jews in medieval Barcelona. 700 college students from around the world saw the play simultaneously interpreted in four languages. In addition to working with the talented cast, crew, and producers, I had a blast designing the projections and soundscape at the gorgeous Fibes Convention Center!
Two of my recent articles about theatre and education were featured in Taylor & Francis’s collection.
In this workshop facilitated at the New York University Forum on Ethnodrama, participants devised an original ethnodrama about their own lives: an autoethnodrama. We surveyed a few ways to begin a reflective and creative process through structured storytelling, journaling, and physical improvisation exercises. This workshop was based on a sequence originally presented by Johnny Saldaña, but elaborated on it by integrating techniques drawn from drama therapy and other self-revelatory theatre traditions. By the end of the workshop, participants were able to create and perform a short composition while gaining a better understanding of the significance and effect of ethnodrama aesthetics. We also highlighted some best practices for the development and performance of autoethnodramas within a variety of different contexts.