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NYU Forum on Ethnodrama: April 21-22, 2017

NYU Forum on Ethnodrama: The Aesthetics of Research and Playmaking
Hosted by the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University’s Steinhardt School
April 21 and 22, 2017

Join us for a robust conversation about the aesthetics of ethnodrama, the practice of creating a play script from materials such as interview transcripts, field notes, journal entries, and/or print and media artifacts. Theatre artists, academic researchers, and artist-researchers will come together to share ideas, vocabularies, and techniques for engaging audiences with the aesthetic presentation of data and data-based playmaking, while also discussing the opportunities and challenges that emerge when working with this style of theatre and research.

During this two-day event hosted by NYU’s Program in Educational Theatre, participants will consider the following questions:

  • How are the practices of theatre artists and academic researchers similar and distinct, and what can we learn from each other?
  • How are the aesthetics of ethnodrama affected by the context within which it is researched, created, and performed/presented?
  • What are best practices for the development and performance of ethnodramas created within a variety of different contexts (e.g. communities, therapeutic settings, schools, colleges and universities, and professional theatres)?
  • Why does such varied terminology exist for this style of data-based playmaking, and what effects does this have on it?
  • What is the significance and effect of the interplay between aesthetics and ethics in the creation and presentation of an ethnodrama?
  • How is ethnodramatic research regarded within various disciplines throughout the academy, and what are the challenges and opportunities that exist?
  • What are the best methods for assessing the quality of the research and performance/presentation of an ethnodrama?
  • What does the future hold for ethnodrama: what’s new, what are the trends, where are we heading?

Call for Proposals
The call for proposals has ended. We invite you to join us for the forum by registering using the links below.

Forum Registration

Accepted presenters must complete registration for the 2017 NYU Forum on Ethnodrama no later than Friday, March 3, 2017.

To register for the forum, please click here

The schedule for the forum is still being finalized, but a tentative overview follows:

Friday, April 21: 
9:00am-10:45am: Forum Opening and Plenary Session #1
11:00am-5:45pm:    Forum Presentations
6:00-6:45pm: Happy Hour / Networking
7:00pm: Featured Performances

Saturday, April 22: 
9:30am-10:45am: Plenary Session #2
11:00am-3:15pm:    Forum Presentations
3:30-4:15pm: Coffee & Tea / Networking
4:30pm: Featured Performances & Forum Closing

Pre-Forum Workshop

We are pleased to announce an additional pre-forum workshop with Johnny Saldaña, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University entitled “Devising Ethnotheatre: Volcano,” which will take place on Thursday, April 20, 7:30-9:30pm. This event is in addition to the 2017 forum, and is not included in the forum registration fee.

For more information and to register for this workshop, please visit this link.

Please note that participation slots for this workshop will be limited, so register in a timely fashion.

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We look forward to seeing you at NYU in April!

~Your 2017 NYU Forum Committee