Richard Maxwell, playwright and director, is the artistic director of New York City Players. He is a two-time Off-Broadway Theater Award (“Obie”) winner, receiving his most recent Obie for his direction of early plays by Eugene O’Neill, in collaboration with the Wooster Group. In 2012, Maxwell was also an invited artist in the Whitney Biennial. A resident writer at New Dramatists, he has been selected for a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, and he is an inaugural Doris Duke artist. His next project, Isolde, will be presented at Theater Basel in September 2013. Maxwell studied acting at Illinois State University and was a co-founder of the Cook County Theater Department, Chicago. His Plays, 1996–2000 is published by Theater Communications Group. In 2013, Maxwell served as a Center dance panelist.
Bryn Mawr College presents an open studio lecture and demonstration with Trisha Brown Dance Company members, Pennsylvania Ballet dancers, and choreographer Stephen Petronio
Philadelphia Dance Projects has grown into an organization focused on presenting performances and workshops to challenge and develop local artists.
A community archive employed individual and community testimony to explore how immigration can affect a community over time.
As part of its year-long project, Headlong presents a series of River Charrettes—performances and participatory conversations—at various sites along Philadelphia’s waterfronts.
Lecoq-trained theater artist Mary Tuomanen devises work using storytelling tools like acrobatics, clown, mask, mime, scenography, and spatial composition.
Inis Nua produced the North American premiere of Michael West’s play, which incorporates a combination of performance techniques.
Composer Lembit Beecher presents an in-progress showing of his forthcoming multidisciplinary chamber opera Sophia’s Forest.
Through more than 100 published works and many recordings, Bernard Rands is well-established as a major figure in contemporary music.
Susan Lankin-Watts (Pew Fellow, 2015) is a singer, trumpet player, composer, and arranger whose complex arrangements draw from tradition, the poetry of her great-grandfather, and a desire to give new voice to the art form and create klezmer culture for a younger generation.
After dancing as a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1984 to 1993, and the White Oak Dance Project from 1994 to 1996, Patricia Lent teaches, stages, and conducts workshops at the Merce Cunningham Trust, where she is a Trustee and Director of Licensing.
Choreographer Ralph Lemon talks about ephemerality in relationship to his work in the dance field, and the complexity of memory.
Patricia Lent of Merce Cunningham Trust, an experienced restager, along with theater-maker Richard Schechner, video/installation artist Sharon Hayes, and UC Berkeley professor and moderator Shannon Jackson, here explores the difficulties of recreating works of performance, and how the terms used to describe such acts—restaging, reconstructing, reenacting—vary across disciplines.