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ARCHIVE - 12 DAYS, 41 TEENAGERS, AND THE PRESSURE OF СПЕКТАКЛЬ: DEVISING THEATRE PRACTICE IN PAPA ROSTOV(1-22-14)

On October 7th, 2011 Professor Manon van de Water and I boarded a plane headed for Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport in preparation for a two-week master class with group of Russian orphans in the industrial city of Ростов-на-Дону (Rostov-on-Don). At least, that was our plan when we started the twenty-four hour journey from Madison to Rostov-on-Don. In reality, the conditions of our work would be much different than expected, but the experiences of our 12 days in Ростов-на-Дону would transform my understanding and appreciation of the challenges and, more importantly, the rewards of drama in schools.

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ARCHIVE - BRING ME THE PLAY OF DW GREGORY! (1-29-14)

Two summers ago in the land of bourbon and horses, I was fortunate to present a workshop in archetypal acting to my peers and colleagues. Among the group of interested artists and educators was a delightful and intrigued playwright, D.W. Gregory. D.W., co-chair of the AATE Playwriting network, approached me and said we should “network” and talk about Playwrights In Our Schools (PIOS).

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