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Nuevas Voces: Creating The World Of The Play, Sarah J. Fabian, Jim Blair, Ariel Notterman, Susana Acevedo, Paloma Lozano Nov 2019

Nuevas Voces: Creating The World Of The Play, Sarah J. Fabian, Jim Blair, Ariel Notterman, Susana Acevedo, Paloma Lozano

Faculty Research and Creative Activities Symposium

In Fall 2017 Jim Blair founded Northeastern’s inaugural 10-Minute Playwriting festival and contest entitled Nuevas Voces or “new voices” in collaboration with Sarah Fabian from the CMT Department and Christie Miller from CAPE: Community and Professional Education. Working to celebrate all new voices, the new play festival is structured to feature the work in three categories: current high school students, current college students (ages 17-28), and the greater community (anyone who is 29+). This year’s Nuevas Voces did not disappoint! Judges included: Assistant Professors Sarah Fabian, and Adam Goldstein, Professor Emeritus Rodney Higginbotham, and recent NEIU graduate and ...


Theatrical Scenic Design: Creating The Physical World Of The Play, Sarah J. Fabian Nov 2019

Theatrical Scenic Design: Creating The Physical World Of The Play, Sarah J. Fabian

Faculty Research and Creative Activities Symposium

Scenic design is an important component of any theatrical production as almost every production will have some form of a set, however minimal. Scenery can be abstract, photo-realistic, or anywhere in between. The primary function of the scenic design is to provide the audience with some context of location(s) for the theatrical work. However, the most important element of any scenic design is to impart a point of view about the story and the world of the play, sharing an emotional and textural experience to the production – Are there moments of surprise, something that suddenly appears that wasn’t ...


Finding Your Voice: Toward An Individualized And Humanized Approach To Dialectical Praxis In The Professional Theatre Rehearsal Room, Adam Goldstein Nov 2019

Finding Your Voice: Toward An Individualized And Humanized Approach To Dialectical Praxis In The Professional Theatre Rehearsal Room, Adam Goldstein

Faculty Research and Creative Activities Symposium

As a professional accents and dialect coach, I have long worked toward defining the most dynamic function of the coach in the room and toward shaping a personal methodology to grant life and “authenticity” to our vocal work as actors. Traditional dialectical approaches often stipulate an exacting adherence to static, generalized representation of dialectical populations via generic sound structures, demand for phonetic fluency, and a right/wrong approach to dialect training. This methodology often breeds self-consciousness in the actor and a tendency to get caught in the intellectual aspect of rather than embodiment within a given dialect. A contemporary approach ...


Acoustic Engineering Workstation At The College Of The Ozarks, Geoffrey A. Akers, Nicolas C. White, David E. Frey Nov 2019

Acoustic Engineering Workstation At The College Of The Ozarks, Geoffrey A. Akers, Nicolas C. White, David E. Frey

Symposium on Education in Entertainment and Engineering

The College of the Ozarks is developing the ability to provide acoustic engineering services to customers on and off-campus. The College is the only federally recognized work college with an undergraduate engineering program, which means students do not pay tuition and are assigned workstations on campus to help defray expenses and to generate income for the College. This paper addresses the purpose and administration of the workstation and how it is unique from other service-learning programs, the perceived benefits to the student workers and the engineering program, recent workstation accomplishments, lessons learned, and future plans.


Beauty In Engineering And The Performing Arts, Robert Klimek, Catherine Skokan, John Persichetti, Jonathan Cullison Nov 2019

Beauty In Engineering And The Performing Arts, Robert Klimek, Catherine Skokan, John Persichetti, Jonathan Cullison

Symposium on Education in Entertainment and Engineering

This paper outlines the intersection of the Performing Arts and Engineering, and methods for successful inclusion of the arts in an engineering curriculum. Through a discussion of the classic ideas of Beauty and Art, parallels are drawn between the engineering design approach and the composition / creation approach common in the arts as a means to find common ground for engaging engineering students more fully into the arts as a life-long passion and possibly a career path.


Understanding The Nuremberg Trials: An Examination Of The Use Of Live Theatre As An Educational Tool, Bingxin Fa, Amanda Mayes Nov 2019

Understanding The Nuremberg Trials: An Examination Of The Use Of Live Theatre As An Educational Tool, Bingxin Fa, Amanda Mayes

Symposium on Education in Entertainment and Engineering

This study examined what impact a live theatre performance has for university students. Does a play help college students contextualize academic content? Does a play offer benefits students do not gain from textbook readings and class discussions? Survey research conducted at Purdue University suggests exposure to a live performance offers benefits for college students in their ability to understand and critically analyze the historical events they learn within their coursework. Our research indicates live theatre could assist in enhancing traditional education models at the collegiate level and should be explored further as a potential methodology to aid in student success.


Using Storytelling And Robot Theater To Develop Computational Thinking, Denise Szecsei Nov 2019

Using Storytelling And Robot Theater To Develop Computational Thinking, Denise Szecsei

Symposium on Education in Entertainment and Engineering

The University of Iowa’s Robot Theater Project teaches computational thinking and promotes STEM education in the context of the performing arts. Students write scripts and program robots to give live performances on stage; over the past 5 years we have taught 122 students to program robots, and our robots have performed in front of several thousand students, teachers, and parents. In this experience report, we introduce the project, describe the framework used to coordinate the behavior of multiple robots in a scene, and discuss the challenges with live performances involving robot actors from different manufacturers. We also describe an ...


International Competition As Stopgap Curriculum: Case Study Of Ryerson Invitational Thrill Design Competition, Kathryn Woodcock Nov 2019

International Competition As Stopgap Curriculum: Case Study Of Ryerson Invitational Thrill Design Competition, Kathryn Woodcock

Symposium on Education in Entertainment and Engineering

Students aspiring to careers in the themed entertainment and attractions industry have few formal options to learn and demonstrate skills and knowledge specific to the industry. Students have shown initiative in developing extracurricular activities, and industry has reached out to offer “next generation” programs and internships. It still remains problematic for industry employers to select the best qualified students from a large pool of aspirants and for motivated candidates to stand out as highly qualified for these opportunities. The Ryerson Invitational Thrill Design Competition (RITDC) was developed to address this problem. RITDC provides learning experiences and performance evaluation with not ...


The Feminist Impact On Realism And Theater Today, Leah Nixon Nov 2019

The Feminist Impact On Realism And Theater Today, Leah Nixon

Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference (GURC)

Last summer I was instructed to write a brief biography of a figure in theatrical history and I chose Henrick Ibsen, the father of Realism. Through my research I found that the story of Ibsen can not be told without examining his relationship with strong women. What I find most intriguing was the realtionship he shared with an early feminist and writer, Camilla Collett; whom he later credited as an influence on his work.

What is so crucial about this connection is that Henrik Ibsen is the uncontested creator of the theatrical genre of Realism. This genre is one of ...


Virtual Black Boxes: Building Theater Sets In Virtual Reality, Mark Wardecker, Bretto White, Timothy Stonesifer Oct 2019

Virtual Black Boxes: Building Theater Sets In Virtual Reality, Mark Wardecker, Bretto White, Timothy Stonesifer

Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference

Unlike literature or plastic arts, theatre and performance are artistic forms that demand embodiment. In a recent Latin American Theater class, we introduced students to important 20th century Latin American theatrical texts and performance art in order to consider thematic and aesthetic components relating to issues such as nation-building, violence, language, identity, gender, sexuality, immigration, and memory. Further, we considered how the works we read have been performed, and how we might stage them ourselves, concluding with staging scenes in order to bring together our theoretical studies with embodied practice and enable students to engage corporeally with works that are ...


Wounds, Remembrance, Sutures: Performing Existence In Times Of Gore Capitalism, Christina Baker Oct 2019

Wounds, Remembrance, Sutures: Performing Existence In Times Of Gore Capitalism, Christina Baker

Conference: The Social Practice of Human Rights

Since 2006, the initiation of Mexico’s “War on Drugs,” the nation has experienced horrific violence despite increased militarization of its streets. As cartels have deepened their networks, controlling the northern border states and beyond, (random) acts of violence have become an endemic crisis. In this Mexico, one where a new daily vernacular constantly evolves to articulate brutal acts and the state has routinely espoused a rhetoric of ignorance, performer-activists have turned to creative initiatives to combat efforts that invisibilize and derealize victims. From her work, Gore Capitalism, in which she explores the human body as commodity and casualty in ...


The Strategies And Risks Of Performing Citizenship And Rights Through Music, Carolin Mueller Oct 2019

The Strategies And Risks Of Performing Citizenship And Rights Through Music, Carolin Mueller

Conference: The Social Practice of Human Rights

My work explores the capacity of cultural producers to perform “insurgent citizenship,” a term theorized by James Holsten (2008) to describe how the peripheries of social organization can propel alternative modes of civic participation, through music. I utilize Engin Isin’s performative dimension of citizenship (2017) to investigate such forms of insurgent citizenship as they evolve in social and cultural peripheries of the contemporary arts and culture industry in the city of Dresden, Germany to identify the pathways they open to socio-political participation and autonomy for refugees.

While Germany understands itself as a nation of culture, cultural policy unevenly addresses ...


Memoria Y Resistencia: Sharing Ud Experiences At The Encuentro To Close The School Of The Americas, Mary Niebler, Christina Baker Oct 2019

Memoria Y Resistencia: Sharing Ud Experiences At The Encuentro To Close The School Of The Americas, Mary Niebler, Christina Baker

Conference: The Social Practice of Human Rights

At UD, our Catholic and Marianist values inform us to uphold the human rights of all people, especially those whose agency has been diminished by unjust laws and corporate government policies. Guided by the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, including solidarity with the poor, we seek ways to join together to bring about a more peaceful and just world. The annual SOA Watch Encuentro, a peaceful protest to close the School of the Americas (SOA), is such a movement.

Established in 1946, the SOA has operated at Fort Benning, Georgia since the 1980s. Technically closed in 2000, it immediately reopened ...


Shakespeare After Prison, Lesley Currier, Dameion Brown Apr 2019

Shakespeare After Prison, Lesley Currier, Dameion Brown

Community Engagement Theme

No abstract provided.


Female Empowerment In Classical Spanish Theatre, Sarah Gielink, Johanna Adrian Burr Apr 2019

Female Empowerment In Classical Spanish Theatre, Sarah Gielink, Johanna Adrian Burr

Student Symposium

Last spring, after reading Golden Age plays in our Early Modern Spanish Literature and Culture course, Adrian Burr and I became interested in the role women played in these stories. Within the Spanish comedia, women are relegated to two stock roles, the “dama” (lady), or the “criada” (maid), while men are able to play a much wider variation of roles. Classical Spanish works by playwrights such as Lope de Vega, Miguel de Cervantes, and Pedro Calderón de la Barca are still produced today, just as English-speakers still revive Shakespearean works. We became curious about how modern directors and theatre practitioners ...


Disneyfication And Education, Reagan A Yessler Apr 2019

Disneyfication And Education, Reagan A Yessler

EURēCA: Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement

Disneyfication in theater means the increase in popularity of Disney plays and the resulting reshaping of modern plays to more resemble those of Walt Disney, in order to gain viewership. In most cases, this means a shift to a musical format featuring upbeat ballads and gaudy but family-friendly costumes. While many theatre elitists frown upon such trends, this project shows how Disneyfication fosters renewed interest and enjoyment in theatre across age groups. A case study of the Knox and Sevier County school systems in Tennessee examines patterns of interest and enjoyment in the nation’s most popular plays via snowball ...


Biedermann And The Firebugs: Composing Contemporary Music For Live Theater, Jesse Edwards Apr 2019

Biedermann And The Firebugs: Composing Contemporary Music For Live Theater, Jesse Edwards

Undergraduate Research Conference

No abstract provided.


Auditioning At The Southeastern Theatre Conference As An Undergraduate Student, Aubrey Moore Apr 2019

Auditioning At The Southeastern Theatre Conference As An Undergraduate Student, Aubrey Moore

Undergraduate Research Conference

No abstract provided.


Lighting Design And Pre-Visualization Software, Mia Lindemann Apr 2019

Lighting Design And Pre-Visualization Software, Mia Lindemann

Undergraduate Research Conference

The Advanced Lighting Technology course I took offered me the opportunity to get hands on experience with the new and rapidly advancing technology of pre-visualization. I was able to learn more about these programs and how the connect with one another while designing the lights to a song in a virtual space created in a pre-visualization software while using a computer port of a software traditionally available on a different technological media


Subverting The Patriarchy And Its Ties To Feminism: Du Maurier And Her Adaptations, Samantha Koller Apr 2019

Subverting The Patriarchy And Its Ties To Feminism: Du Maurier And Her Adaptations, Samantha Koller

KUCC -- Kutztown University Composition Conference

This paper describes the common (mis)reading of Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca as upholding Victorian patriarchal values and attempts to demonstrate that the novel is indeed feminist and acts as a critique and subversion of those patriarchal standards; it then examines the film and stage adaptations of Rebecca, demonstrating via comparison to the original medium that feminism has begun to affect other cultural interpretations and depictions of the narrator, Mrs. Danvers, and Rebecca herself.


Alice's Garden: An Interactive Theatre Experience For Infants Ages 0-3, Alyssa Landroche, Elizabeth Bohannon Apr 2019

Alice's Garden: An Interactive Theatre Experience For Infants Ages 0-3, Alyssa Landroche, Elizabeth Bohannon

Student Research Symposium

I believe experiencing art is a human right. Whether it be a stunning painting, a magnificent opera, or a piece of riveting theatre, art can be educational and personally beneficial to the person viewing it. That is why I am exploring a new and upcoming form of theatre called Theatre for the Very Young--or simply TVY. TVY is specifically theatre for children ages 0-5. It is not just a verbal performance but a multi-modal one that is interactive with the young people in the audience. It includes vocal sounds, facial expression, bodily gesture and expressively animated props. Through research, collaborating ...


Informed Hearing Loss Prevention At Theatre Uni, Mallory Park Atkinson Apr 2019

Informed Hearing Loss Prevention At Theatre Uni, Mallory Park Atkinson

Research in the Capitol

Theatre workers face many dangers which could impact their quality of life and ability to work. One such risk is hearing loss. Given the prevalence of noise-induced hearing loss, some theatre workers may already be living with hearing loss. My purpose with this study is to discover the current conditions and attitudes toward hearing loss at Theatre UNI then provide the information necessary to theatre workers about the signs and significance of hearing loss as well as methods for prevention.


She's Not Allowed To Do That: Two Actors Embody Female Same-Sex Sexuality, Orion Lee Risk Apr 2019

She's Not Allowed To Do That: Two Actors Embody Female Same-Sex Sexuality, Orion Lee Risk

Research in the Capitol

The art of acting requires the authentic embodiment of another being; what happens in this process when a performance requires taking on a stigmatized sexuality? In summer 2018, an emerging theatre company in Cedar Falls, Iowa, produced Stop Kiss by Diana Son: a show that required its two female leads to embody same-sex sexuality. Guided by scholarship from Judith Butler, Jill Dolan, and Jerzy Grotowski — and following principles of practice-as-research — interviews and observation were used to explore and interpret how the actors in Stop Kiss experienced similarities and differences between their characters’ experiences and their own. Findings led to further ...


Hegelian Political Theater, Cade M. Olmstead Apr 2019

Hegelian Political Theater, Cade M. Olmstead

Research in the Capitol

What could politics, theater, and the project of German idealism all hold in common?This research seeks to explore the usage of comedy in modern political discourse through the perspectives of theater and German idealist philosophy.

It begins with an analysis of ancient Greek theater by the philosopher G.W.F. Hegel, applies this reading to the 2013 Turkish Gezi Park protests, and ultimately makes a normative claim about comedy’s use in public discourse and proper democratic politics.


Flawed Goddesses: An Exploration Of Expressive Arts Therapy Theory Through Personal Narrative, Karen Estrella, Lora Williams Mar 2019

Flawed Goddesses: An Exploration Of Expressive Arts Therapy Theory Through Personal Narrative, Karen Estrella, Lora Williams

Lesley University Community of Scholars Day

Flawed Goddesses is a graphic arts and performance-based exploration of Jungian theory applied to Expressive Arts Therapy for healing the psyches of breast cancer patients. Jungian approaches within expressive arts therapy use active imagination, myth, archetypes and creative exploration. Dr. Karen Estrella, Expressive Arts Therapy core faculty, brings her interest and research into the ways in which personal narrative shapes theory building - in particular she will make reference to Gloria Anzaludua's and bell hooks' work. Lora Williams, first year Expressive Arts Therapy master’s student, brings her writing and artistic explorations from her own breast cancer recovery journey. Together ...


An Intergenerational Drama Program Utilizing Community Based Learning, Bennett Harrell Mar 2019

An Intergenerational Drama Program Utilizing Community Based Learning, Bennett Harrell

National Youth-At-Risk Conference Savannah

Participants in this workshop will engage in ensemble building drama activities. These activities will lead to the creation of multiple pieces of drama. The participants will also develop a list of interview questions they can use if they choose to implement the project at their schools or organizations. Many of the activities are from Augusto Boal’s “Theatre of the Oppressed,” a genre of theatre born out of the necessities of people who experience oppression. It provides them tools to explore the oppression and ways to face it in the real world.

Target audience: Teachers at all levels; Principals and ...


Theatre As A Medium To Discover A Pedagogy Of Activism, Ted Mccadden, Jennifer L. Pemberton, Alan Chaffe Jan 2019

Theatre As A Medium To Discover A Pedagogy Of Activism, Ted Mccadden, Jennifer L. Pemberton, Alan Chaffe

Adult Education Research Conference

This study revisits two data sets, narratives from theatre artists exploring sexual identity and interviews with participants from queer theatre festivals, to explore experiences of activism within the participants’ reflections.


Nuevaz Voces: Northeastern's 10-Minute Playwriting Festival, Sarah J. Fabian, Jim Blair, Becca Peterson Nov 2018

Nuevaz Voces: Northeastern's 10-Minute Playwriting Festival, Sarah J. Fabian, Jim Blair, Becca Peterson

Faculty Research and Creative Activities Symposium

No abstract provided.


Redefining Hope: Theatre For Young Audiences And The Battle For Visibility, Adam Goldstein Nov 2018

Redefining Hope: Theatre For Young Audiences And The Battle For Visibility, Adam Goldstein

Faculty Research and Creative Activities Symposium

No abstract provided.


Classic Theater For A Modern Audience: Producing Antigone At Neiu, John J. Bliss Nov 2018

Classic Theater For A Modern Audience: Producing Antigone At Neiu, John J. Bliss

Faculty Research and Creative Activities Symposium

No abstract provided.