Ella Mae Mullavey Ada Doctoral Awardee

Clare Hammoor is an Ed.D. candidate who is the Drama Specialist and Director at Blue School, the Artistic Director of (re)emergent theatre, a theatre company in collaboration with folks recently released from prison, and an instructor in the prison system with Hudson Link. Clare’s research is a deep dive into the absurd world of queer clowning with young people. He’s excited about directing Blue School’s latest devised work, Clowns in Space, featuring 18 clowns, live-student led-original music and child-created props and costumes in collaboration with a crew of professional adults.Stephen Clare Hammoor

Summer Fun at NYU

Paul Carrol Binkley, Nashville-based composer and music director, is pleased to rejoin Laurie Brooks and Jeff Church on the team.  Paul wrote the score for Laurie’s play Selkie: Between Land and Sea which premiered at The Coterie produced by Jeff, directed by Scot Copeland.  Scot and Paul collaborated on their original musical Jack’s Tale, dramaturged by Laurie, which recently premiered at The Kennedy Center. The opportunity to develop this new project at The Provincetown will give the team valuable time to work on Dust at a critical stage of development.  Paul has worn varied hats as a musician over the years including touring with country group Alabama, serving as Artist in Residence at Vanderbilt University, music directing at Nashville Children’s Theatre for over twenty years, and orchestrating for The Nashville Symphony, among many others. To Paul, what sets composing for the Theatre apart from all other commercial endeavors in the music industry is the process of creating music that enhances and supports the storytelling.Paul Carrol Binkley

TYA@NYU Update

Jeff Church, Producing Artistic Director of The Coterie in Kansas City, Missouri, “is pleased to be back with New Plays for Young Audiences in the Steinhardt’s terrific Program in Educational Theatre at NYU.”   Jeff directed for NYPA in its very first year (1998) and continued for the next seven years though 2005.  “Lowell Swortzell was leading the summer developmental festival at the time, and he was one of the greats.  One of The Coterie’s most important commissions, The Wrestling Season, by Laurie Brooks, was developed here in 1999,” said Jeff.  Jeff used the NPYA program to work on some experimental scripts as well, such as a transgender-themed play, The 12:07, also by Laurie Brooks.

Jeff Church

10 More Days to Submit a Proposal for the 2017 NYU Forum on Ethnodrama!

NYU Forum on Ethnodrama: The Aesthetics of Research and Playmaking

Program in Educational Theatre at New York University’s Steinhardt School

April 21 and 22, 2017

Proposal Deadline: Monday, January 16, 2017

Call for proposals and submission guidelines available on this website.

We are excited to announce two of the forum’s featured plenary speakers: Patricia Leavy and Johnny Saldaña!

Patricia Levy
Johnny Saldaña
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.

Please forward this email on to all colleagues who might be interested in joining the conversation.

We look forward to receiving your proposals and seeing you in April 2017!

All best wishes,

The 2017 NYU Forum Committee

 

Distinguished Program Alumnus Returns to the Playhouse This Summer

Lowell Swortzell and Laurie Brooks at The Provincetown Playhouse in the late 90s.

Lowell Swortzell and Laurie Brooks at The Provincetown Playhouse in the late 90s.

Laurie Brooks will be in New York for this year’s NPYA at The Provincetown, developing her new musical, Dust, with her team, Composer/Musician Paul Carrol Binkley and Director Jeff Church. Dust tells the story of Ellie, a girl who the town believes is an angel that can call rain from the skies and make crops grow again. The ravages of the Dusters that caused the death of her mother are bad enough, but  even worse, Ellie knows she’s just an ordinary girl who cannot perform miracles. The phenomenon of one brave family who stayed through the Dustbowl and the prescient topic of climate change are embedded in this story.

Look Back at LFS

Here are a few additional photos from Looking for Shakespeare 2016’s production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Nan Smithner.

Ensemble members Ivan Birchall and Adi Sragovich

Ensemble members Ivan Birchall and Adi Sragovich

The Looking for Shakespeare 2016 ensemble

The Looking for Shakespeare 2016 ensemble

TYA 2017 Summerfest at NYU

NYU’s Educational Theatre Program is thrilled to host a special roundtable event for the New Plays for Young Audiences 20th Anniversary to explore emergent directions in writing and producing works. Panelists include Laurie Brooks, award winning TYA playwright; José Cruz Gonzales, a leading Hispanic voice in TYA; Cecily O’Neill, foremost drama in education authority; David Montgomery, Director of NYU’s program and author of Theater for Change; Kathy Krysz, archivist for ASU’s Child Drama Collection; Courtney Boddie, Director of Education/School Engagement at the New Victory Theater, and our panel will be moderated by Philip Taylor, NYU Educational Theatre professor.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at New York University.

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