Upcoming events are listed here.

The calendar for the 2014-15 season will be added soon.

April 19, 2014

April 17, 2014

April 14-17, 2014

Margaret Wertheim, co-founder of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project, will be at Brown to discuss how she pioneers creative new methods for engaging the public about scientific and environmental issues by putting people and communities at the core. Sponsored by TAPS, the CAC, the Humanities Initiative, and others.

April 4, 2014

Graduate Colloquium with Sara Warner, Cornell University, at 4pm in Lyman Hall, room 211

February 26-March 8, 2014

 Join us as FirstWorks and American Dance Legacy Initiative, in collaboration with Artists and Scientists as Partners, Brown University, and Mark Morris Dance Group, present Widening the Circle: Intersections of Art, Science and Community, a series of master classes, lecture demonstrations, performances, and seminars and an evening of live music and dance with the Mark Morris Dance Group.

February 21-23, 2014

The Rhythm of Change Festival is an annual festival of Mande Performance and Social Engagement that brings together international artist-activists, educators, students, scholars, and social entrepreneurs in service to West Africa for a weekend of workshops, conversations, meals, and performances. The Rhythm of Change initiative is based on the idea that art and performance can inspire and instigate action.

December 12, 2013

Adversaria, a public lecture by Matthew Goulish and Lin Hixson, Chicago-based theater and film makers, co-founders of performance groups “Goat Island” and “Every House Has a Door,” in Lyman Hall, room 007 from 6-7pm

In this lecture, composed for Brown University, Goulish and Hixon will loosely structure a set of notes on learning, writing, and the ordinary, around the concept of the adversaria, a Latin word meaning “the rough draft that is always before me.” The form revisits and revises the short lecture, or “microlecture,” and the lecture assembles two parallel discourses, one from within the classroom from the point of view of “me,” a first person teacher, and the other from outside of the classroom from the point of view of “she,” a third person fictional woman artist who is away from her home. The lectures will ruminate on the role of interruptions, of practice, of changing one’s mind, of the poetics of “smart” vs. “dumb,” and on what seems to be important on any given day.


November 22, 2013

"The Expediency of Culture, Performativity, and the Politics of Aesthetics," a graduate colloquium talk by George Yúdice at 4pm in Lyman Hall, room 211.

George Yúdice is Professor and Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures and Latin American Studies at the University of Miami. He writes and researches on art and cultural topics.  His current project is on a post-Rancierean aesthetics, drawing on new forms of circulation in cultural networks. Other research interests are: cultural policy; music and audiovisual industries; new media; rethinking aesthetics in the age of social media.

Taking the notions of the "expediency of culture" and the "social imperative to perform" developed in The Expediency of Culture (Duke UP: 2003), this presentation will explore he politics of aesthetics or of aesthetic work via a critique of Rancière's notion of dissensus and the (re)distribution of the sensible. The argument to be developed is that aesthetic work is part of a multifarious chain of interacting domains of life and production and that performativity and the distribution of the sensible need to take this chain of domains into consideration in order to develop a more effective notion of agency.

October 30, 2013

TAPS and Everett Dance Theatre present a Brain Café on Wednesday October 30 at 7pm in Granoff Studio 1.

The Freedom Project Brain Café will examine issues related to incarceration, such as the disproportionate number of prisoners of color in the prison system, and the prison system’s default role as society’s solution to addiction and other mental health issues. Everett’s Brain Cafés are a series of free presentations that create a dialogue at the intersection of science, medicine, the humanities and the arts. They bring together scientists, clinicians, artists, and community members to share their knowledge and experiences in an open dialogue with the audience.

October 20, 2013

"Castaways of the Fol Espoir" Sunday October 20 at 4pm in Granoff Creative Arts Center, 154 Angell Street, Providence.


TAPS presents a second showing of "Castaways of the Fol Espoir," a filmed version of Hélène Cixous' play performed by Théâtre du Soleil. This event is free and open to the public. The showing runs from 4-8pm on Sunday October 20 in Granoff Creative Arts Center, Martinos Auditorium.

October 17 & 19, 2013

International visiting artists Mike Brookes and Rosa Casado present two site-specific installations in downtown Providence on October 17 and 19. and

October 17, 2013
 Tina Takemoto presents a talk called "The Precarity of Queer Failure: From Orientalism to Incarceration" in Lyman Hall, room 007 from noon-1pm on October 17.

October 7, 2013
TAPS, The Creative Arts Council and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies present Art and Social Transformation on Monday, October 7 at 4pm in Alumnae Hall, Crystal Room.

 "Getting the Show on the Road" is a cross-continental music, dance & acting performance tour featuring young artists from the favellas of Rio de Janeiro. They will perform classic Brazilian songs, original musical compositions and dance routines plus unique interpretations of Brazilian and American songs. A conversation with the artists and organizers follows the presentation.

Art & Social Transformation is a program created by Grupo Mosaico, in partnership with The British School in Rio de Janeiro. The program was inspired by Cal Arts' Community Arts Partnership (CAP).

October 2, 2013
As part of the Chile in Focus series and All That Rises, Between Hope and Freedom is Joanne Pottlitzer's dramatic reading, based on narratives from her book-in-progress “Symbols of Resistance: The Legacy of Artists under Pinochet.” It will be presented at 8pm in Granoff Creative Arts Center, Studio 1. The reading is the product of interviews with writers, playwrights, musicians, and visual artists in Chile.

Septmber 11, 2013

ALL THAT RISES, a series on international art and social change, opens with JENIN FREEDOM THEATRE on September 11 at 7pm and continues throughout the month.
 TAPS begins its annual fall series with young performers from the Jenin Refugee Camp’s Freedom Theatre. The series continues on September 26 and 27 with Hélène Cixous, the venerable master of French feminist philosophy and poetry, and culminates in Joanne Pottlitzer’s staged reading on October 2 of Between Hope and Freedom, a dramatization Pottlitzer is developing based on narratives from her book-in-progress “Symbols of Resistance: The Legacy of Artists under Pinochet,” the product of interviews with writers, playwrights, musicians, and visual artists in Chile.

Septmber 6, 2013

Welcome to TAPS! Please Join Us for Two Orientations in Lyman Hall on Friday, September 6 beginning at 6pm
All are invited to attend a TAPS orientation featuring Sock and Buskin and student theatre groups, at 6pm in Leeds Theatre. The orientation continues with the dance orientation at 7:30pm in Ashamu Dance Studio.

June 19, 2013

Dance in/and the Humanities: a Mellon Summer Seminar, Public Discussions on the state of Dance Studies from within and without, from 9am-noon and from 2-5pm, Englander Studio, Granoff Creative Arts Center

 “Dance Studies in/and the Humanities” is a multi-school, multi-year initiative designed to advance the field of dance studies. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project appoints postdoctoral fellows in dance studies at Brown University, Northwestern University, and Stanford University over a four-year period from 2012-13 through 2015-16.

In addition, the project sponsors intensive weeklong seminars each summer from 2012 through 2015 that bring together the postdoctoral fellows with advanced graduate students and junior faculty.

On Wednesday, June 19, the 2013 seminar opens up at Brown University with two public roundtable conversations in the Granoff Creative Arts Center focusing on current pedagogies coming from within the field of dance as well as scholars who have incorporated dance studies into their research.  Of interest to scholars and practitioners alike, these two conversations will leave space for the audience to engage with the panel in open discussion.


9am-12pm:  Inside Dance Studies

The state of the field from “within” moderated by Rebecca Schneider (Brown) with Andre Lepecki (New York University), Mark Franko (Temple University), Susam Manning (Northwestern), Janice Ross (Stanford), and Julie Strandberg (Brown). Senior scholars and practioners will offer orienting comments on what they deem to be major issues facing the field as “field,” exciting arenas for “development,” or the promises and challenges of Dance Studies in relationship to disciplinary formation in the University. To be followed by open discussion.

2pm-5pm:  Beside Dance Studies

A roundtable on the study of dance across a series of interdisciplinary affiliations. Scholars will discuss the challenges they face “outside” and “inside” dance studies (or dismiss outside/inside for other orientations), and expand discussion from the morning by responding to the previous panel from other, compatriot fields. The panel will be moderated by Susan Manning and will include Rebecca Schneider (Brown, Performance Studies), Nadine George (UCSD, Theatre Studies), Kiri Miller (Brown, Music), Michelle Clayton (Brown, Hispanic Studies). Followed by open discussion.

June 14, 2013

ARTS AND HUMANITIES IN A BROKEN WORLD:  CASES OF GENOCIDE AND ACADEMIC RESEARCH, a roundtable discussion from 7:30-9:30pm in Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

Eleven years ago, Brown University Professor Erik Ehn and Macalester College Professor Jean-Pierre Karegeye initiated a collaborative US/Rwandan project centered on theater workshops and performances devised in response to the genocide in Rwanda, and to related social crises. Artists and scholars have come together regularly in Providence, Los Angeles, Kigali and Kampala to address issues of social transformation through academic inquiry, sharing of story telling and dance techniques, and presentations as varied as Noh and stand-up comedy. A tacit faith in the capacity of culture to effect deep changes in a healing society sustains the initiative…

May 25 & 26, 2013

Congratulations, Class of 2013!

Events for the TAPS commencement celebration include an alumni dance class led by TAPS faculty member, Julie Strandberg, a faculty and alumni tea/reception and the annual solo festival. For a full list of events in TAPS please click on the TAPS Commencement link.


April 27, 2013

Tenderloin Opera Company, directed by Erik Ehn performs in downtown Providence   

March 19, 2013

A Conversation with Acclaimed Playwright and Director, YOUNG JEAN LEE, moderated by Rebecca Schneider, Leeds Theatre, Lyman Hall at 6pm.

Young Jean LeeYoung Jean LeeYOUNG JEAN LEE is an OBIE award-winning playwright and director who has been called “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” by the New York Times and “one of the best experimental playwrights in America” by Time Out New York.  


March 15, 2013

Elizabeth Freeman, Professor of English and Editor of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies at University of California, will give a talk as part of the TAPS Graduate Colloquium series at 4pm in Lyman Hall, room 211.

Her talk, "Sacramentality and Queer Theory," will engage with the concept of sacramentality as a queer methos, as a method that might put some pression on the question of theory.  

March 13, 2013

"House of Games" a staged reading of a play by Nihad Sirees, directed by Taibi Magar, MFA '14, at 7:30pm in McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street.

House of Games is part of the International Writer's Project's "Urgent Witness" program. The staged reading features TAPS Professsor Emeritus, John Emigh and acting students in the Brown/Trinity MFA program.

March 12, 2013

TAPS, the CAC and RISD's Center for Student Involvement present a lecture and performance by Amkoullel, a Mailian rapper and spoken word artist in the RISD Auditorium. Lecture at 6pm, performance at 7:30pm.

AmkoullelAmkoullelAmkoullel received a stream of media attention in the US recently as his fight against censorship by Mali's new government became a global symbol of the country's ongoing political crisis.


March 12, 2013

Saroya CorbettSaroya CorbettSaroya Corbett will teach a Dunham dance technique workshop in Ashamu Dance Studio from 2:30-4:30pm. The class is free and open to the public. Ms. Corbett is the founder of Saroya Corbett Dance Projects in Philadelphia. The workshop is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, TAPS and Africana Studies.

March 2 & 3, 2013

Cabinet of Cynics 1: Endure by Ioana Jucan & Rebecca Henriksen with contributions by Casey Robbins & Arianna Geneson, Saturday, March 2, 3pm & Sunday, March 3, 5pm in Kooper Studio (Studio 3 on the 3rd floor), Granoff Creative Arts Center.

This performance piece explores the intersections between theatre performance and installation art, as well as ways of inhabiting the territory that emerges between the stage and the screen in live performance. Combining elements of choreographed movement, theatre, video, and sculpture, Cabinet of Cynics is also a meditation on what it means not to feel at home in a capitalist world, on how we form (dis)connections with each other and the environment today, and on cynicism as a pervasive attitude in contemporary times.

Duration: ~ 45 mins. Followed by a conversation with the audience.


Free and open to the public. Limited seating. Reservations at

February 27 & 28, 2013

photo by Paula Courtphoto by Paula CourtAward-winning artists Lisa D'Amour, Katie Pearl and Shawn Hall contemplate an urban-dweller's relationship with nature, creation and destruction in How to Build a Forest, an eight-hour installation at the Granoff Center, presented twice on February 27 and 28 from 2-10pm.


February 26, 2013

Dancer/choreographers Ralph Lemon and Okwui Okpokwasili present a master class in Ashamu Dance Studio from 6-8pm. 

Ralph Lemon is Artistic Director of Cross Performance, a company deidcated to the creation of cross-cultural performance and presentation. Okwui Okpokwasili is currently touring with Nora Chipaumire's MIRIAM and has performed with Ralph Lemon. She is a 2005 Bessie Award winner.


February 22-24, 2013

Rhythm of Change Festival brings together artists, dancers, drummers and social activists for three days of performances and workshops. 

The Rhythm of Change initiative began in 2010 as an investigation of the links between the performing arts and social change in Africa and the diaspora. This, the fourth installment of the festival at Brown University explores how the arts can play an instrumental role in development, awareness, and empowerment. 

February 20, 2013

"Station Nation: A National Reflection on the Station Nightclub Fire" a performance memorializing the 10th anniversary of the Station Nightclub fire, will take place at the First Baptist Church, 75 North Main Street, Providence at 9:30pm. 

Professor Erik Ehn directs a group of performing artists to honor, celebrate and commemorate the victims, their families and friends, the survivors, the public safety responders and health care professionals who were engaged in rescuing and treating the survivors.The evening will consist of assorted dramatic texts, poems, lyrics, music, dance sequences… as both a memorial and a celebration of a community.

February 15, 2013

 Elswit colloquium talkElswit colloquium talkKate Elswit, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance, Department of Drama: Theatre, Film, Television at University of Bristol presents a graduate colloquium talk, "Ten Evenings with Pina: Bausch's 'Late' Style and the Cultural Politics of Co-Production," Friday, February 15 at 4pm in Lyman Hall, room 211.

This talk reconsiders the legacy of German dance theatre choreographer Pina Bausch through a series of thoughts collected and tested while sitting in the dark during the World Cities retrospective that was presented as part of the Cultural Olympiad of the London 2012 Olympics. While Bausch's aesthetic is almost entirely articulated on the basis of her vintage period, World Cities called attention to the co-production process under which Tanztheater Wuppertal primarily operated since the mid 1980s. Interweaving structures of patronage, rehearsal processes, and aesthetic strategies, I argue it is by recognizing how they built and were built by more distributed structures of support that we can shift our understanding of Bausch's "late" works themselves.

February 9, 2013

Conversations in Africana Theatre: Dynamic Innovators presents Laurie Carlos at Rites and Reason Theatre

Laurie CarlosLaurie CarlosJoin TAPS and The Department of Africana Studies for a conversation with Laurie Carlos, seminal theatre artist and Obie award-winning actress at 4pm in Rites and Reason Theatre. The conversation will be led by Assistant Professor of TAPS, Kym Moore. Sponsored by Africana Studies, the CAC and TAPS.


December 4, 2012

Graduate Colloquium with Petra Kuppers,  a disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and Professor of English, Women’s Studies, Art and Design and Theatre at the University of Michigan. She will talk  on Social Somatics: New Publics of Community Performance, at 6pm in Lyman Hall, room 007.

When we think through the queries relational art discourse offers us, how can we find methods of creating and witnessing community performance work that make relationality viscerally available, and challenge sociopolitical formations at the level of embodiment? Dr. Kuppers will focus on a group of multimedia performance groups that explore a variety of issues relating to the culture of disability, questions of training, disability-positive body agenda, and the audience’s responses to the work.

November 28 & 29, 2012

TAPS, Rites & Reason Theatre/Africana Studies, and the Creative Arts Council present a phone conversation with Adrienne Kennedy,  on Thursday, November 29 in Lyman Hall room 007 at 4pm. A video showing of Ms. Kennedy's plays will take place at 7pm on Wednesday, November 28 at 7pm in Lyman 007.

Adrienne KennedyAdrienne KennedyThe conversation will be led by TAPS Professor Emeritus, John Emigh. The event is free and open to the public.

Adrienne Kennedy’s plays are published by Samuel French. She has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and is a recipient of the Anisfield Wolf Book Award for Lifetime Achievement. She is a three-time Obie award winner for Funnyhouse of a Negro, June and Jean in Concert and Sleep Deprivation Chamber. Her plays are often taught in colleges in the United States, Europe and Africa, and are collected in the anthologies In One Act, Alexander Plays, and Intersecting Boundaries: The Theatre of Adrienne Kennedy, all published by the University of Minnesota Press. Ms. Kennedy’s autobiography, People Who Led to My Plays, was published by Knopf in 1987. She attended the Ohio State University and received an honorary doctorate in 2003 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of her graduation.

November 27, December 3 and December 4, 2012

"Close Encounter" a Three-Day Symposium on Jazz and Poetry in Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Creative Arts Center. The symposium is sponsored by the Creative Arts Council and the Departments of English and American Studies.

Tuesday November 27, 2012, 4:00pm and 7:00pm

"Close Encounters: Jazz At The Intersection Of Performing And Visual Arts" (A Masterclass And Duet Performance Featuring Jason Moran And Charles Haynes). The masterclass will take place in the Granoff Center’s Martinos Auditorium from 4:00 – 5:00pm.  The duet performance is scheduled in the same venue from 7:00 – 8:00pm.  Both events are free and open to the public. 

Monday, December 3, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00pm

“Close Encounters: Millennial Poetics from the Neo Garde” (A Symposium on Newness in Poetry and Expressive Culture featuring Kevin Young, Evie Shockley, and Terrance Hayes). Poets Kevin Young, Evie Shockley, and Terrance Hayes will conduct a roundtable symposium on newness in the creative arts and American expressive culture.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

“Close Encounters: Soundscapes from Late Jazz” (A masterclass on Sonic Innovation by the Incomparable pianist Vijay Iyer and Hip Hop Artist/Poet Mike Ladd). Vijay Iyer and hip hop artist/poet Mike Ladd will conduct a masterclass on the diverse disciplinary cross-sections that define their longtime creative partnership.


November 20, 2012

Cultural Expression in the Wake of Catastrophic Violence: a panel at Brown University, November 20, 2012, in Studio 1, Granoff Creative Arts Center, Brown University, 2-4pm.

The panel discussion focuses on the uses of performance and visual art in address to healing from trauma, in cases of genocide and war. These panels coincide with Soulographie: Our Genocides, a 17 play-cycle developed in part by Brown and performed at La MaMa in New York.

November 15, 2012

Lecture Demonstration with Theodora Skipitares, Visual Artist and Theatre Director, from 2-3:30pm in Lyman 007.

Theodora SkipitaresTheodora Skipitares

November 7, 2012

TAPS and the Creative Arts Council present an Artist Talk about Algorithmic Theatre, with Annie Dorsen from 5-6:3pm in Granoff Creative Arts Center, Englander Studio.

Ms. Dorsen works in a variety of fields, including theatre, film, dance and, as of 2010, digital performance. Most recently, Hello Hi There premiered at the streirischer herbst festival (Graz), and was presented at Black Box Teatre (Oslo), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) and PS122 (New York). She is the co-creator of the 2008 Broadway musical Passing Strange, which she also directed. Spike Lee has since made a film of her production of the piece, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, subsequently screened at South by Southwest Film Festival and The Tribeca Film Festival, and was released theatrically by IFC in 2010 before being broadcast on PBS' Great Performances.

Also in 2010, she collaborated with choreographer Anne Juren on Magical (ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna, Side Step Festival Helsinki, Théatre de la Cité International Paris, Kampnagel Hamburg and others) and with Ms. Juren and DD Dorviller on Pièce Sans Paroles (brut Vienna and Rencontres Choréographiques Internationales Seine-St-Denis, Paris). In 2009 she created two music-theatre pieces, Ask Your Mama, a setting of Langston Hughes' 1962 poem, composed by Laura Karpman and sung by Jessye Norman and The Roots (Carnegie Hall) and ETHEL's Truckstop, seen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival. Her pop-political performance project Democracy in America was presented at PS122 in spring 2008.

Her short film, I Miss, originally the centerpiece of Democracy in America, screened at American Film Institute Festival (AFI Fest), SXSW Film Festival, The New York Film Festival's "Views From the Avant-Garde" and the Nantucket Film Festival. In addition to numerous awards for Passing Strange, Ms. Dorsen has received several fellowships, notably the Sir John Gielgud Fellowship from the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. She has taught at New York University and Fordham University, and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

November 2-4, 2012

The Brown/Trinity MFA program presents  As You Like It directed by Heidi Handelsman, ’14

Performances are November 2 and 3 at 7:30pm, November 3 and 4 at 2pm, in the Citizens Bank Theater, Pell Chafee Performance Center, 87 Empire Street, Providence, RI. Ticket information at the Trinity Rep box office.

Featuring the Brown/Trinity Acting Class of 2014 Ben Chase, Alex Curtis, Catherine Dupont, Sherri Eldin, Greg Fallick, Ben Grills, Steven Jaehnert, Sylvia Kates, Tangela Large, Mark Larson, Elise LeBreton, Zdenko Martin, Mikki Massoud, Ted Moller, Carisa Anik Platt, Matt E. Russell, Bridget Saracino

October 26, 2012

Graduate Colloquium talk with Margaret Werry, University of Minnesota in Lyman Hall, room 211.

October 20, 2012

"Breath-Mind-Body-Time" a workshop and conversation with butoh choreographer Michael Sakamoto, dancer Waewdao Sirisook and musician Amy Knoles, 2:30-5:30pm, Ashamu.

Michael Sakamoto and Waewdao SirisookMichael Sakamoto and Waewdao SirisookThis workshop focuses on cultivating character and expressive presence through butoh-based, image exercises and contemplative movement. The workshop introduces fundamental concepts and image-based exercises for fostering psycho-physiological presence for the performer and cultivating "the body in crisis," a butoh-based approach for engaging tensions and conflicts in narrative, social and environmental situations, and everyday life. Designed for performers and movement practitioners at all skill levels.

October 18, 2012

Open Rehearsal for Erik Ehn's Maria Kizito at 95 Empire Street in downtown Providence, from 4-7pm.

The public is invited to a rehearsal of Erik Ehn’s Maria Kizito at 95 Empire Street, downtown. The play explores the prayer life of a real-life nun who participated in the murder of 7,000 refugees at her Rwandan convent; Maria Kizito’s story is mediated by a young American nun who attends her trial.  In describing the rehearsal process, Director Emily Mendolsohn says, "as a company, we've been exploring ways of using breath, voice and rhythm to access emotional states and physical presence. At Brown, we will also be exploring strategies to create/transform the landscape of the play by using actor manipulated lighting." Students will have an opportunity to view the work in the early stages of rehearsal, to train with the company, and to participate with the actors in composition work based on the text.

Director: Emily Mendelsohn is a theater director from Los Angeles. Emily was a 2010-2011 Fulbright Fellow to Uganda and is a six-year collaborator in IGSC/ CalArts summer exchanges to Rwanda and Uganda. She directs an East African/American theater ensemble, whose production of Deborah Asiimwe's Cooking Oil is scheduled to travel to Los Angeles this spring. She holds an MFA in directing from CalArts.

October 16, 2012

Tal YardenTal YardenVideo Designer, Tal Yarden will present a talk in Lyman Hall, room 007 on Tuesday October 16 at 6pm.  He has created video designs for numerous live events including dance, theater, opera and music performances.  Recent work with director Ivo van Hove:  Edward II (Schaubühne, Berlin), The Russians, Children of the Sun (Toneelgroep Amsterdam), Ludwig II (Münchner Kammerspiele) Idomeneo (La Monnaie), Little Foxes (New York Theater Workshop); with director Kristin Marting: Lush Valley, Sounding (HERE); with director Mark Brokaw: POP! (Yale Rep), Distracted (Roundabout); with director Daniel Sullivan: The Night Watcher (Center Theatre Group, Primary Stages) and with director Elizabeth Diamond: Futura (NAATCO)

October 15, 2012

The 9th Annual Don Wilmeth Lecture: Jude Ciccolla '69 will take place at 7pm in Leeds Theatre

Actor Jude Ciccolella will give the 9th Annual Don Wilmeth Endowed Lectureship in American Theater. Since he graduated from Brown in 1969, Ciccolella has made his way acting, appearing in such movies as: Shawshank Redemption, Glengarry Glen Ross, World Trade Center, Beloved, The Manchurian Candidate, City of Hope, Mad Love, Sin CIty, Julia, and Premonition. He has also appeared in numerous plays, on many TV shows, performs in a band, and is probably best known for playing Mike Novick on 24. This talk begins at 7 p.m. in Leeds Theater, 77 Waterman St. 


September 25-29, 2012

Nan JombangNan JombangTAPS teams up with FirstWorks to present a series of workshops by Bandaloop Aerial artists and Indonesian performers at Brown and in downcity, Providence.

The Indonesian puppet theatre company Papermoon, and multidisciplinary dance group, Nan Jombang will be offering workshops for students and the community. The series begins with Bandaloop on Tuesday, 9/25 at 4:30pm in Ashamu Dance Studio.

Nan Jombang, is a family of artists whose work is a mix of Minangkabau performing arts traditions (drumming, dance, martial arts), spirituality, and contemporary movement. They will offer master classes at Ashamu on Thursday 9/27 from 1-2:30 and again from 3-4:30; and on Friday 9/28 from 1-3pm. They will offer a repertory class on 9/28 from 3:30-5pm.

In a country with world-renowned puppetry traditions, the young, expert artists of Papermoon are extending the form with their mixed-media productions, and creating works that imaginatively explore identity, society and Indonesia’s recent past. Papermoon will offer a workshop on Saturday, 9/29 from 10-12:30 as part of All That Rises at RISD Expose.

Students can register by emailing The community can register by calling FirstWorks at 401-421-4278.

September 28-29, 2012

From "Soulographie," BY Erik Ehn: To be performed at LaMama in November 2012From "Soulographie," BY Erik Ehn: To be performed at LaMama in November 2012

All That Rises: A Question of Scale, coincides with FirstWorks' Festival on the Plaza and Erik Ehn's Soulographie: Our Genocides.  All That Rises: Art and Healing continues the conversation in November.



September 24, 2012

Brown/Trinity Rep faculty Daniel Stein performs his piece, "Windowspeak" at 7:30pm
Pell Chaffee Performance Center,
87 Empire Street, Providence.
Admission is Free.







September 20, 2012

Talkback immediately after the opening performance of Yermedea RAW (approximately 9:30pm in Leeds Theatre)

Following the performance of Yermedea RAW, there will be a talkback. Everyone is welcome, but seating is limited. The talk will include a discussion on language, literature, theatre and how they engage with war and genocide. featuring Erik Ehn (playwright and Director of writing for Performance at TAPS) and Pulitzer Prize Nominee Forrest Gander (poet and Professor of Literary Arts).

JUNE 13, 2012

Performance Artists Ana Correa and Violeta Luna Perform at TF Green's Production Workshop, Wednesday, June 13 as part of BIARI's 2012 Institute

MARCH 2-MAY 3, 2012

Malian Artists in Residence at TAPS from March 2 through May 3

One of Mali's premiere female choreographers, Sali Soumaré, international djembe drummer Alhassane Sissoko, and youth organizer / theatre artist Djibril Coulibaly will all be artists-in-residence for two months.  After performing and leading workshops at The Rhythm of Change Festival (March 2-4), they will work with students of TAPS0330:  Mande Dance, Music & Culture to expand Brown's continued research in West African performance traditions, as well as dancing withNew Works / World Traditions performance ensemble.  Ms. Soumaré will be choreographing a section for the same larger piece in the Spring Festival of Dance that will contain Gao Yanjinzi's choreography, creating a conversation between African and Chinese female artists through dance.

APRIL 28, 2012

Tenderloin Opera Company Performs at Mathewson Street Church at 2pm on April 28

APRIL 23, 2012

William Sun, Vice-President of Shanghai Theatre Academy, to talk on his adaptation of Hedda Gabler.

William Sun will discuss his adaptation of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler into Chinese Operatic form. He transformed Ibsen’s masterpiece, using traditional Chinese opera conventions - singing and stylized movements - to create a play that he says renders the story effectively for lovers of traditional Chinese Opera. His talk will take place at 4pm on April 23 in Lyman Hall, room 005. 

APRIL 13, 2012

SCREENING + PANEL:  Theater, Film & Public Health in Mali, Friday, April 13 at 3pm in Wilson 101

Djibril Coulibaly of the Doumanzana Theatre Company will screen his new short film, Balokojuguya (Malnutrition), followed by a panel discussion, "Communicating Change to Communities in Crisis" with Coulibaly, who will be joined by Brown alumni Leona Rosenblum '09 (Mali Health Organizing Project, Clinton Health Access Initiative, USAID) and Sophie Shackleton '09 (Yeredon Center for the Malian Arts).  The film will be used as a basis for a discussion about the role of arts and entertainment in behavior and social change, and how artists and NGOs can be utilized moving forward from the country's recent political crisis.

APRIL 13-14, 2012

"Performing Under Pressure: Life, Labor and Art in the Academy," a TAPS graduate student conference features multi-(un)disciplined Italian-Slovenian Artist Janez Jansa, and surveyed Bulesque Singer Elise Morrison among others.

Featuring diverse panels, a cabaret, a free form long-table discussion, and keynote speakers Patricia Ybarra (Brown University), Nicholas Ridout (Queen Mary University), and international performance artist Janez Janša, this conference enjoins participants and attendees to consider the stakes of immaterial, affective, and artistic labor within the shifting infrastructure of the academy.  From actors to scientists, from studios to libraries, from internet to archive, we’ll consider the myriad and changing challenges facing attempts to value and define university work, and the impact of these challenges on collaboration and organization among university employees. To register and for a schedule:

APRIL 13-15, 2012

Theatre Nohgaku Offers Writing and Music Workshops Friday through Sunday, April 13-15 in Granoff Creative Arts Center. Registration required.

Theatre Nohgaku will offer three days of seminars led by composer/playwright and former Hosho-ryu professional David Crandall. Discussions focus on the function and form of typical noh plays, including aspects of musical and literary structure as well as historic/poetic referencing. Subsequent discussions focus on the unique challenges of adapting and writing noh for the English language. By guiding participants toward the writing of their own noh plays, TN is fulfilling its mission as a multi-national theatre company that champions the creation of new English language noh. Since 2003 Theatre Nohgaku has hosted workshops for poets, playwrights, musicians and performers to help them better understand Japanese noh and to assist them in using noh in their own artistic pursuits. Please contact Erik Ehn at for more information

APRIL 16, 2012

What a Stranger May Know by Erik Ehn. A Virginia Tech Memorial on the fifth anniversary of the shootings, Lincoln Field, 7:25am, April 16

The performance is directed by Amy Lynn Budd, Constance Crawford, Erik Ehn and Sylvia Ann Soares. Readings begin at 7:25 am and run for approximately 2 hrs (marking the timing of original events); audience members can come and go as they will.

Multiple plays are read simultaneously, and the audience navigates the experience for themselves, finding ways into reflecting on and mourning for people who may be strangers; we lean into commemoration as best we can across the great distances in our human family.

The event will be followed by group conversation, where stories, responses, information and thinking will be shared.

MARCH 5-24 2012

Gao Yanjinzi, artistic director of the Beijing Modern Dance Company to be in residence from March 5-24

Gao Yanjinzi, artistic director of the Beijing Modern Dance Company will spend three weeks as artist-in-resident, working with students in New Works/ World Traditions performance troupe. Ms. Gao will teach students a piece which will then be performed at The Spring Festival of Dance. This residency is sponsored by the Year of China in collaboration with the Creative Arts Council, The Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies and Ping Pong Productions.

One of the founding members of BMDC, Gao Yanjinizi’s work draws on her Buddhist upbringing and traditional Chinese dance training. In a contemplative, harmonious world her dancers move with a natural flow of energy, yet surprises lurk around every turn, causing audiences to question the legtimacy of such binaries as "traditional/modern" and "East/West."

The Deaths of Pan, written and directed by TAPS graduate student, Ioana Jucan at Granoff Creative Arts Center, Studio 1

This large-scale community based project has been conceived as a means to address and enact our time's turmoil with mythology, nature, technology, and art. It combines live theatre performance, poetry, music, video, and installation in an exploration of the relation between nature and technology, of the question of the radical potential of myth and myth-making today, and of the possibility for a certain cross-fertilization between the natural and the technological through myth.

Performances are: Tues., Mar 20, 2012: 9pm - The Deaths of Pan. Wed., Mar 21, 2012: 8pm - The Deaths of Pan & Voice Graffiti (followed by an open conversation with the audience). Thurs., Mar 22, 2012: 8pm - The Deaths of Pan. Free and open to the public. Tickets at the door or e-mail

MARCH 16, 2012

Timothy Bewes, Professor of English to speak at TAPS Graduate Colloquium, March 16, 2012

Professor Bewes will present his talk, "The Surge: Turning Away from Affect" at 4pm in Lyman Hall, room 007

 MARCH 17, 2012

American Dance Legacy Initiative in Granoff Creative Arts Center, March 17, 2012

The American Dance Legacy Initiative, housed at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, is dedicated to enabling individuals to celebrate, share, and participate in America’s rich dance heritage and recognize it as a cultural asset relevant to all. On March 17th, 2012, the American Dance Legacy Initiative will host a Mini-Fest at the Granoff Center, featuring the Bryson Collection, a record of the international development of theatrical dance, primarily ballet and modern in the 20th century.

MARCH 12, 2012

Sue-Ellen Case, Distinguished Professor, UCLA, will present a talk as part of The Precarious University Lecture Series, in Smith-Buonanno 106

With an introduction by Rebecca Schneider, Chair, Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Brown University

Sue-Ellen Case is a seminal figure in feminism and theater, critical theory and performance, German theatre, science studies and lesbian critical theory. Her numerous articles have appeared in journals such as “Theatre Journal,” “Modern Drama,” “differences” and “Theatre Research International,” and in many anthologies of critical works. Her books include “Feminism and Theatre”, “The Domain-Matrix: Performing Lesbian at the End of Print Culture” and "Performing Science and the Virtual." She has edited several influential anthologies of critical works and play texts, including “The Divided Home/Land: Contemporary German Women’s Plays;” “Split Britches: Lesbian Practice/Feminist Performance;” “Performing Feminisms” and many others. Professor Case has been an invited professor in residence at Swarthmore College, Stockholm University and the National University of Singapore. Her work has received several national awards. 

MARCH 8, 2012

Filmmaker Janie Geiser to show a series of her short films in Lyman Hall, room 211 on Thursday, March 8 at 7pm


Janie Geiser is an internationally recognized experimental filmmaker and visual/ theater artist, whose work is known for its sense of mystery, its detailed evocation of self-contained worlds, and its strength of design. Her films are ”as extravagantly beautiful as they are difficult, and as allusive as they are elusive” (Cinemascope, Spring 2001). Geiser’s films have been screened at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, Pacific Film Archives, the Wexner

Center for the Arts, the San Francisco Cinematheque, Los Angeles Filmforum, and at numerous festivals, including 6 New York Film Festivals, the Toronto Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival, the Hong Kong International Film Festival, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Her film The Red Book was selected for the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, and her film The Fourth Watch was selected by Film Comment as one of the top ten experimental film of the last decade. Geiser’s films are in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art, the Donnell Media Center of the New York Public Library, and numerous universities, including CalArts.


FEBRUARY 20-MARCH 11, 2012

Open Rehearsal with Artists-in-Residence, Cynthia Hopkins, Jeff Sugg and D.J. Mendel, Saturday, March 10 from 3-6pm


Please attend an open rehearsal in Granoff Center, studio 4 on Saturday, March 10. The artists will be in residence at the Granoff Creative Arts Center from February 20 through March 11, to work on their new piece, This Clement World. The piece is written, composed and performed by Cynthia Hopkins, designed by Jeff Sugg and directed by D.J. Mendel. This Clement World poetically but urgently addresses our global climate crisis. The work is a live documentary film infused with three fictional characters that serve as tour guides for an imaginary exhibit conveying the wonders of our currently clement world. While at Brown Cynthia will prepare for a concert version of the work at St. Ann’s the Walker Art Center, and Les Subsistances in Lyon, France.

MARCH 9 AND 10, 2012

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company events at TAPS and Africana Studies, Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10

Tony Award winner and innovator Bill T. Jones and his collaborators, Janet Wong and Ted Coffey, will be on campus this week for a class and conversations with students and the community.


FRIDAY, March 9

3:30-5 p.m. – Dance technique class with Associate Artistic Director, Janet Wong. Intermediate to advanced students.

Location: Brown University, Ashamu Dance Studio, Lyman Hall, Free for Brown students: Brown students email


5:15-6:45 p.m. – The Art of Collaboration: A creative conversation with Janet Wong and composer Ted Coffey.

 Location: Brown University, Bass Performing Arts Space,

Churchill House (155 Angell St., Providence), Room 106

FREE; Reservations advised.Email


SATURDAY, March 10

 1-2:20 p.m. – Interdisciplinary Art-Making: Process, Collaboration and the Role of Indeterminacy with Bill T. Jones.

Corey D.B. Walker, Chair and Professor, Dept. of Africana

Studies, will moderate this discussion with Bill T. Jones

Location: Bass Performing Arts Space, Churchill House (155 Angell St.)Free with Brown/RISD student ID.


For more information on Bill T. Jones go to

MARCH 1-4, 2012

Rhythm of Change and Arts in the One World

Join TAPS for a weekend of meals, conversations, workshops and performances addressing the civic power of performance. Rhythm of Change Festival will feature dancers and musicians from Mali, Africa. Arts in the One World features workshops, meals, and performances centered around arts in prisons and making a life as an artist and activist. Please see the web sites for more information and locations.

MARCH 5, 2012

The Precarious University Lecture Series Continues with Chandan Reddy, Associate Professor of English, University of Washington, Seattle, Monday, March 5 from 4-5pm, Granoff Studio 3

In this talk, "Precarity after Rights: On Queer of Color Critique," Professor Reddy argues for viewing U.S. gay and lesbian politics, such as the movement for gay marriage, as expressing a key tension within contemporary neoliberalism, namely the dual movements to develop more elaborate forms of social recognition through the expansion of the meaning rights while restructuring and restricting the role of the political state within the meaning of political economy. This has led to what Reddy terms "precarity after rights." Reddy argues finally that queer of color social practices constitute alternatives to the diminishing horizon of democracy created by this historical moment, not through an appeal to the political sphere but by the formation of new understandings of the public.

FEBRUARY 24, 2012

Colloquium Talk with Soyica Colbert, Dartmouth College, Feb. 24 at 4pm


FEBRUARY 17, 2012

Graduate Colloquium with J. Ellen Gainor, Friday, February 17 at 4pm, Lyman Hall, room 211


FEBRUARY 3-12, 2012

Writing is Live Festival, Feburary 3-12, 2012


The third annual Writing is Live festival is a presentation of new works featuring six plays by writers in Brown’s graduate and undergraduate theatre programs.  Writing is Live celebrates the diversity and strength of new theatrical voices while simultaneously exploring the meaning of text in performance.  Performance writing may take forms complete and incomplete, narrative and imagistic, compact or durational, so the festival stresses and plays with the idea of the Live, allowing the development and evolution of new work in conversation with the writer, directors, actors, designers, and audience.  All are collaborators in the exciting life of the new performance script. Tickets for all of the festival’s performances are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis at the door half an hour before the curtain. Tickets are limited for these productions, so please arrive as early as possible to guarantee yourself a seat

FEBRUARY 13, 2012

The Precarious University Series continues with Martin Manalansan IV, Monday, February 13 at 4pm

Martin Manalansan, is Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, Anthropology, Latin American and Caribbean Studies at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He will be giving histalk The Queer Ethic and the Spirit of Normativity: Neocolonialism in the History of Sexuality at Smith-Buonanno, room 106. A reception follows the talk.

FEBRUARY 3, 2012

Graduate Colloquium with Paige McGinley, '08, Friday, February 3 from 4-6pm


FEBRUARY 6, 2012

Roderick Ferguson, Chair, Department of American Studies, University of Minnesota, February 6 at 4pm

In The Precarious University a series of lectures this spring, Professor Eng-Beng Lim brings together some of the best minds in our collective fields to consider some of the most pressing issues driving their work as primarily queer scholars of color, as well as feminists and transnational thinkers. The series takes place in multiple locations with the first at Granoff Creative Arts Center, Martinos Auditorium. Professor Ferguson will give the first talk, The Queer Ethic and the Spirit of Normativity: Neocolonialism in the History of Sexuality. Corey Walker, Chair Africana Studies, Brown University will give the introduction. A reception follows.

JANUARY 26-29, 2012

TAPS faculty member, Erik Ehn, hosts a Puppet Summit at the Granoff Center, Featuring Workshops, Conversations and Presentations

Conversations and experimentations with puppetry will be on display for four days in January at Brown’s Granoff Center. Four of Erik Ehn’s plays will be in workshop. Professional puppet artists from around the country will work with Brown faculty members and students to develop material and share their ideas and processes with the public. Events are open to the public on Thursday and Friday, January 26 and 27 from 4-6pm. A final presentation will take place, Sunday, January 29 from 2-4pm. The plays will be presented later this year at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York, as part of Soulographie: Our Genocides, a cycle of 17 of Ehn’s plays.

DECEMBER 12, 2011

Bill Irwin delivers the Eighth Annual Don Wilmeth Endowed Lecture in American Theatre

Bill Irwin will present "Two Great Plays - A Clown's View" onMonday, December 12 at 7pm in the Leeds Theatre. Mr. Irwin will explore his experiences performing Samuel Beckett's ENDGAME and WAITING FOR GODOT, interlaced with performance examples--both Beckett and non-Beckett. A reception will follow the lecture.

Bill Irwin is a national treasure: director and choreographer, playwright, distinguished actor, dancer, and extraordinary clown (called America’s Clown Prince). Mr. Irwin, a graduate of Oberlin College and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Clown College (and a founder of San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus), has been rewarded for his artistry and contributions to the performing arts with numerous recognitions, including Tonys for both his acting and his clowning, NEA Fellowships (in choreography), and Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships. A major player in the revitalization of the circus arts in the 1970s, he was the first performance artist (he has frequently been associated with the so-called “New Vaudevillians”) to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (1984). In his various clown shows Irwin has established the stage persona of the beleaguered but resilient all-American, versions of which appear in much of his work.

Irwin has successfully melded emotional range and nuance with his unique skills refined in his clowning, as the New York Times recently noted in its preview of King Lear at the Public Theater, featuring Irwin as The Fool. Though likely known best for his theatrical clown work, his legitimate theatre appearances have earned him accolades, especially in works by Edward Albee and Samuel Beckett. For the 2002-3 season he was honored as playwright in residence at the Signature Theatre where he also appeared in several of his own creations. Irwin also has numerous film and television credits, to many younger fans most notably as Mr. Noodle in the Elmo’s World segment of the PBS show Sesame Street, a vivid contrast to his most recent television appearances as the serial killer Nate Haskell on CSI.

In 2010 New York’s New Victory Theater presented Bill Irwin with the first ever New Victory Arts Award for “bringing the arts to kids and kids to the arts.”

DECEMBER 2, 2011


DECEMBER 3, 2011

Tenderloin Opera Company with Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless and the Speakers' Bureau present Baby Blue Stars - Songs of Promise and Protestat Mathewson Street Church

Join The Tenderoin Opera Company on Saturday, December 2 from 2-3pm, for their latest round of songs, stories and poems, as they move towards the development of a new opera to be presented in the spring. The Tenderloin Opera Company creates original musical and theatrical material by, for and with people who are homeless, homeless advocates, and the Brown Community through weekly sessions at the Mathewson Street Church, in cooperation with the Speakers’ Bureau and the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless. Come for the entertainment, or with questions about how to share in the work of TOC or Speaker’s Bureau.

NOVEMBER 22, 2011

Film screening of Puppet - followed by a conversation with Dan Hurlin

The film, directed by David Soll, takes a broad look at the fraught history of American puppetry—from its marginalization as children’s theater to its sudden explosion as high art—with an intimate look at New York-based artist Dan Hurlin, this documentary follows him as he creates a complex puppet work about eccentric Depression-era photographer Mike Disfarmer. This film will be shown at theGranoff Center on Tuesday November 22 at 7pm.


NOVEMBER 17-20, 2011

Fall Dance Concert

The Fall Dance Concert is an entirely student-choreographed show. Designed to let the campus dance groups show off their work, the show will feature performances by Badmaash, ImPulse, Fusion, Dance Extension dance companies and more.

PLEASE NOTE: Seating in Ashamu Dance Studio is ASSIGNED. Those wishing to sit together are encouraged to buy tickets at the same time to ensure availability of adjacent seating. Assigned seats are $17 for adults; $12 for seniors, staff, and faculty; and $7 for students.

Floor spaces are also available for $5. Floor spaces are not assigned. FLOOR SPACE DOES NOT INCLUDE A CHAIR. Floor spaces are for patrons who will be comfortable sitting on a bare wooden floor for up to two hours ONLY.

There are NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES available on the day of the show.

NOVEMBER 11, 2011

Performing Under Pressure Colloquia Series

Artist and activist, Professor Ricardo Dominguez, opens the series on Friday, November 11 from 4-6pm in Lyman Hall, room 007. Professor Dominguez is Assistant Professor at UCSD
in the Visual Arts Department and co-founder of The Electronic
Disturbance Theater (EDT),  a group who developed Virtual-Sit-In
technologies in 1998 in solidarity with the Zapatista communities
in Chiapas, Mexico. His recent EDT project with Brett Stabaum,
Micha Cardenas and Amy Sara Carroll  the Transborder Immigrant
Tool (a GPS cellphone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico/U.S
border was the winner of "Transnational Communities Award").

This talk is part of Performing Under Pressure: Life, Labor, and Art in the Academy, a colloquia series and spring conference taking place April 13 and 14, 2012.

This series investigates our roles in a global “information
economy” in which technical, manual, creative, and affective skills
become intertwined to the extent that life gets increasingly
inseparable from labor.  Performance –as a type of labor, a model of efficiency, a mode of action and speculation, a form of achievement, a process of creation, and an act of presentation that is given to both expire and endure—frames a compelling way to think the potentialities and problems of life, labor, and art across the academy.

NOVEMBER 7, 2011

Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays

TAPS and Trinity Repertory Company join forces to present a night of one-act play readings by leading American playwrights on the subject of gay marriage. This event is one of many that will happen simultaneously at theatres and universities across the country on Monday, November 7 at 8pm. The event takes place at the Stuart Theatre. Tickets are FREE and will be distributed beginning at 7pm on the night of the show. For more information on the national event go to

OCTOBER 31, 2011

Eiko and Koma Workshops & Performances

Japanese-born choreographer/dancers Eiko & Koma have created a unique and riveting theater of movement out of stillness, shape, light and sound.  They visit Brown for a series of workshops and performances sponsored by Literary Arts. Workshops take place in Ashamu Studio on Monday, October 31 from 11am-1pm, Tuesday and Thursday, November 1 and 3 from 2:30-4pm, and Wednesday and Friday November 2 and 4 from 10am-1pm. The Wednesday workshop begins with a talk on Butoh from Jeff Janisheski, of the O'Neill Theater Center. Workshops are open to all students. Performances take place November. 2 and 3 at 8pm in the Granoff Center.


NOVEMBER 3, 2011

A Window onto the Central/Eastern European Performance Scene

Polish and Romanian artists from a range of disciplines come together to discuss and answer questions about the current landscape of performance practice in Central/Eastern Europe. The panel discussion and reception take place in the Becker Library in Lyman Hall on Thursday, November 3 from 4:00-5:30pm.

OCTOBER 28, 2011

MOMIX Master Class

Members of MOMIX will be conducting a master class for intermediate and advanced dancers inAshamu Studio on Friday, October 28 from 3:30-5:00pm.

MOMIX will also perform at PPAC on October 29 at 8pm.

To register, contact or call 863-6951.

OCTOBER 21, 2011

Graduate Colloquium lecture with Mark Franko: Martha Graham and the 'Psychoanalytic Movement' 
of the 1940s

On Friday, October 21 from 5:30-7:30pm, in Lyman Hall, room 211, Mark Franko will be giving a talk based on his forthcoming book on Martha Graham.

 Mark Franko is Professor of Dance and Director of the Center for Visual and Performance Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is editor ofDance Research Journal and the Oxford Studies in Dance Theory book series. He is recipient of the 2011 award for Outstanding Dance Scholarship from the Congress on Research in Dance.



OCTOBER 17 & 18, 2011

Shanghai Theatre Academy performs 
Confucius’ Disciples
 and holds Workshop

Confucius’ Disciples is an original series of short plays about China’s greatest educator Confucius (551-479 BC) and his three fictional teenage disciples. Modeled after classic novel Journey to the West about Buddhist monk Xuan Zang (602-664) and his three disciples, including the Monkey King, this project is set during Confucius’ historic travels to various states trying to promote his philosophy and statecraft. While the plays are essentially allegories dealing with issues relevant to today’s people, all characters are based on role types of traditional Beijing opera rendered in stylized movement patterns, somewhat similar to those of commedia dell’arte.

Confucius’ Disciples will be performed twice in Leeds Theatre: on Monday, October 17th and on Tuesday, October 18th at 8:00pm. Tickets are FREE and open to the public, and will be available at the door. Please arrive early.

Workshop is open to students on Tuesday, October 18 from 10:30am-noon in Ashamu Dance Studio.

TAPS welcomes the Shanghai Theatre Academy as a part of Brown's Year of China.

OCTOBER 14-16, 2011

Family Weekend Dance Concert/
Merce Cunningham MinEvent

The Family Weekend Dance Concert is coming! Buy your tickets in advance - this show will sell out!

This year's Dance Concert will feature two performances choreographed by New Works / World Traditions and Michelle Bach-Coulibaly, as well as a performance choreographed by Merce Cunningham, directed by Daniel Squire of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.


PLEASE NOTE: Seating in Ashamu Dance Studio is ASSIGNED.  Those wishing to sit together are encouraged to buy tickets at the same time to ensure availability of adjacent seating.  Assigned seats are $17 for adults; $12 for seniors, staff, and faculty; and $7 for students. 

Floor spaces are also available for $5.  Floor spaces are not assigned.  FLOOR SPACE DOES NOT INCLUDE A CHAIR.  Floor spaces are for patrons who will be comfortable sitting on a bare wooden floor for up to two hours ONLY. 

There are NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES available on the day of the show.


OCTOBER 12, 2011

Jenin Freedom Theatre 
performs scenes from Waiting for Godot
followed by a conversation with the artists

The Freedom Theatre is a performing arts and cultural center in the Jenin Refugee Camp, West Bank, Palestine. They are the only professional venue for theatre and multi-media in their area. Using the creative process as a model for social change, the Theatre enables children and youth in the area to envision and build a better future ofr themselves and for their society.

On Wednesday, October 12, the Theatre will be performing scenes from their recent production of Waiting for Godot, followed by a video and conversation with the artist. The event will take place in the McCormack Family Theatre at 70 Brown Street at 8:00pmAdmission is free and open to the public.

This eventis sponsored by TAPS. Freedom Theatre's tour is sponsored by the Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre, The Public Theatre of New York, and The New York Theatre workshop.

OCTOBER 7, 2011

Talkback on text, censorship, and obscenity,
inspired by Gross Indecency

According to Oscar Wilde, in his introduction to The Picture of Dorian Gray: "There is  no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written." This Friday, immediately following the performance of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, stay for a talkback on text, censorship, and obscenity, inspiried by the play, and decide whether or not you agree. Guests will include Gross Indecencydirector Kym Moore and Shahriar Mandanipour, Visiting Lecturer in Literary Arts.

This talkback is free and will begin immediately following the Friday, October 7 performance, at around 10:30pm, in Leeds Theatre.


Gross Indecency:
The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
by Moises Kaufman 
directed by Kym Moore

Sock & Buskin's 2011 season begins with Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.

The same creative team who dazzled with last year's sold-outPippinbrings this 1997 courtroom drama by Moises Kaufman to life. Directed by Kym Moore, the play is based on the the three trials that would transform the life and legacy of the popular Victorian playwright Oscar Wilde. The play  was devised and written by Moises Kaufman with The Tectonic Theater Company in 1997. Kaufman and company constructed the piece using direct quotes from Wilde's astonishing body of work, including his plays, essays, personal correspondences, newspaper headlines, and the actual courtroom transcripts. The New York Times hailed Kaufman's play as "absolutely gripping," describing it as "a multilevel study in public perceptions of class, art, and sexuality as a portrait of one man's downfall." Experience this visually stunning interpretation of an emotionally wrenching story.

See Gross Indecency this fall in Leeds Theatre in Lyman Hall, September 29 - October 9, Thursdays - Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00pm. Tickets are $17; $7 for students; $12 for staff, faculty, and seniors. Group discounts and class discounts are available. Get your tickets online at or contact the box office at 401-863-2838,, or in person at Leeds Theatre, 77 Waterman Street.

OCTOBER 2, 2011

Tea & Talkback
immediately following Gross Indecency

Immediately following the Sunday matinee performance of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials ofOscar Wilde, join us for an Afternoon Tea and a discussion onsexuality, gender, performance,and theatricality, inspired by the play. Guests will include Kym Moore, director of Gross Indecency; Michael Ducharme, Director of the Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts at Rhode Island College; and Michelle Liu Carriger, Brown University PhD candidate in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies currently researching fashion and the bodily performance of gender, sexuality, and race in the mid-Victorian period.

The discussion will begin immediately after the play, around 4:00pm, on Sunday, October 2nd, inside Leeds Theatre. Admission is free. Tea and refreshments will be served.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

All That Rises:
performance by Patricia Ariza & Carlos Satizabal

Patricia Ariza and Carlos Satizabal will be performing as a part of All That Rises on Friday, September 30th at 6:00pm in the Rites and Reason Theatre. Tickets are free and open to all.

Tierra en la Boca o el Hombre que Soñó Parir una Niña por el Ombligo (or Ground on the mouth or man that dreamed give a birth an little girl by his belly button) is a solo performance in Spanish. It deals with two issues: an exploration of contemporary ideas of masculinity, and the missing people in a country in war.

Patricia Ariza is a theater director, playwright and founder of renowned Colombian theater ensemble Teatro. Political theater, feminism, and current Colombian sociopolitical and cultural issues are some of the topics she specializes in. Ariza's works are often about her role in the creation and trajectory of La Candelaria, as well as the joint effort of this ensemble and the Teatro Experimental de Cali (TEC) to create the Corporación Colombiana de Teatro as a mechanism to facilitate a theoretical and practical forum for the discussion, organization, and support of Colombian theater. Furthermore, she comments on her activist and artistic work with marginalized sectors of the Colombian population (women, indigenous people, immigrants, prisoners, etc.), developing interdisciplinary artistic projects designed to empower these communities, exploring the possibilities of collective creation in order to elicit social change. Ariza also discusses the cultural ties and political affinities between Latin American and Latino theaters in the light of shared hemispheric issues like drug traffic, guerrilla warfare, political corruption, immigration, and globalization.

Carlos Satizábal is professor of the National University in the School of Cinema and Televisión and in the Creative Scripture Masters. He works in the Colombian Corporation of Theater (CCT) as a composer of music for the scene, actor, director, and dramatist. He has worked with the Alternative Festival, the Festival of Women in Scene, and the Expedition by the Exodus. With the CCT, he also works with groups of displaced populations and victims of the Colombian war in theatre and musical creation projects. 15 years ago he founded Rapsoda Theater, with Patricia Ariza, a group with which has mounted several works of hers. He also works with theater groups in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

All That Rises is an opportunity to bring together international guests as a means of illuminating global perspectives on the live. We have a special interest in artists who work towards social change - who view creative writing as in continuum with the social sciences and advocacy for justice. Artists will meet with and work with students in classes and workshops, and will give public performances which are open to the community.

All That Rises is co-sponsored by TAPS, Rites & Reason, the Creative Arts Council, the Office of International Affairs, and Wes Moore.


All That Rises:
performances by Roberto Varea & Violeta Luna

 Roberto Varea and Violeta Luna will be performing as a part of All That Rises on Friday, September 30 at 3:00pm in the Leeds Theatre breezeway and Saturday, October 1 at 6:00pm in the Rites and Reason Theatre. Performances are free and open to all.

On Friday, September 30, Varea and Luna will performRequiem For A Lost Land, a performative intervention to remember the killings commited in the "war on drugs" initiative from the central government in Mexico.

On October, 1, they will perform Parting Memories /Memorias de Partida. The performance is part of Buried In The Body of Remembrance, a trilogy that urges us to rethink the prevalent stereotypical images of immigrants in our society, Buried…examines a woman’s moment of parting in a powerful, multi-media performance. As she is compelled to leave her homeland in Latin America, she begins to take inventory of what she will take with her, and what she will forever leave behind.

Violeta Luna and Roberto Varea are part of the San Francisco-based interdisciplinary immigrant artist’s collective Secos & Mojados. The piece aims to develop a language for a more nuanced expression of the place that the migrant occupies in an inclusive social imaginary.

Roberto Gutiérrez Varea began his career in theater in his native city of Córdoba, Argentina. His research and creative work focuses on live performance and means of resistence and peacebuilding, in the context of social conflict and state violence. Varea is the founding artistic director of Soapstone Theatre Company, a collective of male ex-offenders and women survivor of violent crime; El Teatro Jornalero!, a performance company that brings the voice of Latin America immigrant workers to the stage, and founding member of the San Francisco-based performance collective Secos & Mojados. He is an Associate Editor of Peace Review, an international journal on peace and justice studies, and an Associate Professor and Chair of the University of San Francisco's Performing Arts and Social Justice Program.

Violeta Luna is a performance artist and actress whose work explores the relationship between theatre, performance art and community engagement. Working within a multidimensional space that allows for the crossing of aesthetic  and conceptual borders, Luna uses her body as a territory to question and comment on social and political phenomena. Born in Mexico City, she studied at El Centro Universitario de Teatro, UNAM and La Casa del Teatro. She has performed and taught workshops extensively throughout Latin America, Africa and USA. She is currently a Creative Capital Fellow and an associate artist of the San Francisco-based collectives La Pocha Nostra and Secos & Mojados.

All That Rises is an opportunity to bring together international guests as a means of illuminating global perspectives on the live. We have a special interest in artists who work towards social change - who view creative writing as in continuum with the social sciences and advocacy for justice. Artists will meet with and work with students in classes and workshops, and will give public performances which are open to the community.

All That Rises is co-sponsored by TAPS, Rites & Reason Theatre, the Creative Arts Council, the Office of International Affairs, and Wes Moore.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2011

Open Workshops with Roberto Varea, Violeta Luna, Patricia Ariza, and Carlos Satizabal

Thursday, September 29, come to two open workshops with artists Roberto Varea, Violeta Luna, Patricia Ariza, and Carlos Satizabal, as a part of the All That Rises series. Roberto Varea and Violeta Luna will be holding their workshop from 4-6:00pm, and Patricia Ariza and Carlos Satizabal will be holding theirs from 6-8:00pm. Both workshops are in the Ashamu Dance Studio and are free and open to all.

For bios and information on future performances by the artists at Brown, see posts on the All That Rises series.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2011

Open Workshop with Rosa Casado & Mike Brookes

Thursday, September 22 come to an open workshop with artist and designers Rosa Casado and Mike Brookes. The workshop will be held from 4:00-8:00pm in Ashamu Dance Studio and is free and open to all.

For bios and information on future performances by Brookes and Casado at Brown, see below posts on the All That Rises series.

SEPTEMBER 26, 2011

All That Rises:
performance of What if Everything We Know Is Wrong by Rosa Casado & Mike Brookes

Rosa Casado and Mike Brookes will be performing as a part of All That Rises on Monday, September 26th at 8:00pm in Alumnae Hall. Performance is free and open to all.

What if Everything We Know Is Wrong is a short performance by Mike Brookes and Rosa Casado for the All That Rises Festival.  The piece involves placing a series of small dictaphones throughout the space and creating a park environment through ambient sound.

Rosa Casado is an activist, creator and performer. Her artistic work explores possible rewritings of the reality that reveal to us new ways of "thinking" and the development of interdisciplinary spaces that promote the spreading of the artistic practice. She is part of the international network of women in contemporary theatre Magdalena Project. Currently she is working in the performance projectStrange Paradises and at the consolidation of an artist in residence program at La Rioja, Spain.

Mike Brookes is an award-winning artist and designer, known primarily for his object and action works, and his propositional practices within the form, function, and placement of performance and live art. He co-founded the performance collective ‘Pearson/Brookes’ with Mike Pearson in 1997, their work together being generally perceived to have pioneered mediated and multi-site performance practices, most recently co-creating their acclaimed production of The Persians for National Theatre Wales’ inaugural season of 2010. He is associate artist to the performance research company ‘Quarantine’, ‘dada(prod)’ Italy, and in 2007 he was appointed Creative Research Fellow within Aberystwyth University. He is currently developing a long term collaborative practice with artist Rosa Casado, producing live art and gallery works under the umbrella title some things happen all at once, some things happen more slowly.

All That Rises is an opportunity to bring together international guests as a means of illuminating global perspectives on the live. We have a special interest in artists who work towards social change - who view creative writing as in continuum with the social sciences and advocacy for justice. Artists will meet with and work with students in classes and workshops, and will give public performances which are open to the community.

All That Rises is co-sponsored by TAPS, Rites & Reason, the Creative Arts Council, the Office of International Affairs, and Wes Moore. Mike Brookes and Rosa Casado's work is supported by Iberescena and Wales Arts International.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2011

TAPS Graduate Colloquium
Odai Johnson - Crux 13: 
Readings in the Landscape of Absence

"It is that which is no longer present upon which the eye alights. The stolen painting, the missing buildings, the removed whose removal has been flagged, whose absence is made material and invites the memory to linger longer on what is no longer present. These are the texts of this study."

Associate Professor in theatre history and head of the Ph.D. program at the University of Washington, Odai Johnson took his MFA from the University of Utah and his Ph.D. from theUniversity of Texas at Austin. His articles have appeared inTheatre JournalTheatre SurveyNew England Theatre JournalTheatre Symposium and the Virginia Magazine of History as well as contributions to numerous anthologies. His books include Rehearsing the Revolution (University of Delaware 1999), The Colonial American Stage: A Documentary Calendar (AUP: 2001) and Absence and Memory on the Colonial American Stage (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005).  He is currently finishing a work on classical theatre, titled Ruins. Professor Johnson is the director of the UW's Center for Performance Studies and a Donald E. Petersen endowed fellow.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2011

Alexis Diaz de Villegas performs El Trac

On Tuesday, September 13th, Cuban actor/director Alexis Diaz de Villegas will perform El Trac atRites and Reason Theatre.

A man, who happens to be an actor, tries to discover himself by inventing his very own game.  In his ensuing efforts he struggles with the masks which conceal and limit his true self.  This game takes the form of a series of improvisational exercises in Spanish and English. El Trac is written by Virgilio Piñera, and performed and directed by Alexis Diaz de Villegas.

Alexis Diaz de Villegas graduated from the National School of the Arts in Havana in 1987.  In that same year he began his professional career with the experimental group Teatro del Obstaculo under direction of Victor Varela.  At around the same time he worked for three years intensively with Vicente Revuelta, one of the most important figures in contemporary Cuban theater.   Since then he has played several lead roles with Carlos Celdran’s Argos Teatro and Carlos Diaz’s Teatro Público, including as Passolini in Vida y Muerte de Pier Paolo Pasolini and Sempronio in La Celestina.  He has received numerous stage awards, among them the prestigious title of Distinguished Artist of National Culture in 2002.  More recently he has appeared in several feature films, including as the hero Juan in the Spanish-Cuban zombie comedy, Juan de los Muertos, to be released internationally in 2011.  Alexis compliments his acting with work as a theater director.  His most recent projects were Kalidasa’s Shakuntala and Gao Xingjian’s The Other Shorein 2009.  In 2011 he participated in the Lincoln Center Directors’ Laboratory.  Alexis also dedicates himself to actor training and has been a professor at the Superior Art Institute in Havana since 2002.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2011

Acting Workshop with Alexis Diaz de Villegas

Renowned Cuban actor/director Alexis Diaz de Villegas comes to Brown in September to conduct an acting workshop, as well as give an open performance for students and the community. His workshop will take place on Monday, September 12th at 11:00am in the Hillel Social Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Alexis Diaz de Villegas graduated from the National School of the Arts in Havana in 1987.  In that same year he began his professional career with the experimental group Teatro del Obstaculo under direction of Victor Varela.  At around the same time he worked for three years intensively with Vicente Revuelta, one of the most important figures in contemporary Cuban theater.   Since then he has played several lead roles with Carlos Celdran’s Argos Teatro and Carlos Diaz’s Teatro Público, including as Passolini in Vida y Muerte de Pier Paolo Pasolini and Sempronio in La Celestina.  He has received numerous stage awards, among them the prestigious title of Distinguished Artist of National Culture in 2002.  More recently he has appeared in several feature films, including as the hero Juan in the Spanish-Cuban zombie comedy, Juan de los Muertos, to be released internationally in 2011.  Alexis compliments his acting with work as a theater director.  His most recent projects were Kalidasa’s Shakuntala and Gao Xingjian’s The Other Shorein 2009.  In 2011 he participated in the Lincoln Center Directors’ Laboratory.  Alexis also dedicates himself to actor training and has been a professor at the Superior Art Institute in Havana since 2002.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2011

New Works Auditions

Auditions will be held in Ashamu Dance Studio from 3:00-7:00pm. Contact Professor Michelle Bach-Coulibaly for more information.




TAPS Dance Orientation

On Thursday, September 9th at 6:00pm, meet in Ashamu Dance Studio in Lyman Hall to learn about dance opportunities at TAPS for 2011. Members of Body & Sole, as well as members from all student-run dance groups, are invited to learn about classes and events, as well as to go over the rules and regulations of how to use Ashamu and what is required to be an active citizen in the TAPS dance community.

Contact Professor Julie A. Strandberg with questions.


TAPS Graduate Colloquium
Key Text with Professor Eng-Beng Lim

Eng-Beng Lim, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, will be leading off the TAPS Graduate Colloquium series for 2011. The first meeting will be in Lyman Hall, room 211, at 4:00pm.

For the full Graduate Colloquium schedule, see our Colloquium Series page under Graduate Programs.


TAPS Orientation

If you’re interested in taking classes or working on theatre and dance productions at Brown, come meet our faculty and students at orientation, this Wednesday, September 7 at 7:00pm in Leeds Theatre inside Lyman Hall. Talk to the Sock&Buskin board (thestudent and faculty board that produces the TAPS season), meet student leaders from PW and many other student-run theatregroups on campus, learn about Brownbrokers (which presents full-scale, student-written, faculty-directed musicals on the TAPS main stage, like this year’s We Can Rebuild Him byDeepali Gupta ‘12, coming this March), and much more.

You will also meet representatives from dance groups organized through the TAPS department and through the many independently run student groups on campus.

This meeting is manadatory for anyone enrolling in TAPS 0030: Introduction to Acting and Directing.

JULY 6-30, 2011

Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep

Beginning July 6th, the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep will premiere three new plays: She’s Not There, by Alix Sobler; The Killing of Michael X, a New Film by Celia Wallace, by Cory Hinkle; andMy New Best Friend, by Brooke Berman. 

Each new play runs in repertory for a week in Leeds Theatre, with She’s Not There opening on July 6th, The Killing of Michael X, a New Film by Celia Wallace on the 13th, and My New Best Friend on the 20th.  July 27th kicks off Festival Week, which features all three plays in repertory.  The season closes on July 30th with our Marathon Madness day, when you can see all three shows in one day.

Tickets are available now at More information is available at


She’s Not There
by Alix Sobler
directed by Shana Gozansky
July 6-10 & 29 at 8:00pm and July 30 @ 1:00pm


The Killing of Michael X, a New Film by Celia Wallace
by Cory Hinkle
directed by Ryan Purcell
July 13-17 & 28 @ 8:00pm and July 30 @ 4:00pm


My New Best Friend
by Brooke Berman
directed by Melissa Kievman
July 20-24, 27, and 30 @ 8:00pm



MAY 27-29, 2011

TAPS Commencement 2011
Congrats grads!


See photos of the 2011 TAPS commencement weekend
on our Facebook page.

Watch videos - including The Lowry Song! - here.



Solo Performance: "The Perfect Gift for Satan," by Dan Ricker. Free - tickets available 30 minutes before the show.
Strasberg Theatre

Solo Performance: "The Real Realness of the Real Orange County," by Jon Gordon. Free - tickets available 30 minutes before the show.
Strasberg Theatre

Solo Performance: "Jump," by Hannah Lennett. Free - tickets available 30 minutes before the show.
Strasberg Theatre

Solo Performance: "Girls with Guns," by Lauren Neal. Free - tickets available 30 minutes before the show.
Strasberg Theatre

Brown Bear Buffet. Featuring several of Brown’s excellent a capella groups, the buffet is one of the oldest reunion events. Registration required. More information.
Sharpe Refectory, Main Dining Room

Solo Performance: "I Believe in Pink," by Liz Rothman. Free - tickets available 30 minutes before the show.
Strasberg Theatre

Campus Dance, sponsored by the Brown Alumni Association. More information.
The College Green


Commencement Forums. Join in this annual celebration of scholarship as members of the Brown community present forums ranging from performances to discussions and lectures, including a panel on Brown Playwrights featuring two TAPS alums (more info below). Complete schedule available here.
Multiple locations

Commencement Forum: Award-Winning Theater: Brown Playwrights and their Work. Eng-Beng Lim, assistant professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, moderates a panel which will include Adam Bock A.M.'89, playwright; and Lynn Nottage '86, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Guggenheim Fellow, MacArthur Fellow and honorary degree candidate. 
List Art Center, Room 120.

Solo Performance: "Now," by Doug Eacho. Free - tickets available 30 minutes before the show.
Strasberg Theatre

Baccalaureate Procession Formation. Graduating seniors assemble on Waterman Street, facing east toward Thayer Street, with the line beginning at Faunce Arch, wearing cap and gown. In case of heavy rain, graduating seniors report directly to the First Baptist Church in America.
The College Green

Baccalaureate Procession Steps Off

2:30pm (est.)
Baccalaureate Service. The multi-faith ceremony will be video-broadcast on the College Green and in Salomon Center and Sayles Hall for viewing by family and friends.
The First Baptist Church in America

Solo Performance: "Chewbacca's Other Friends" by Meredith Mosbacher. Free - tickets available 30 minutes before the show.
Strasberg Theatre

Solo Performance: "Alicia's Adventures in Makaland" by Ariel Hudes. Free - tickets available 30 minutes before the show.
Strasberg Theatre

7:00 pm
TAPS Commencement Dance Concert. Get your tickets early - this show will fill up! Tickets are available here.
Stuart Theatre

10th Annual Commencement Cabaret show. Meet and mingle when doors open at 9:00.  Entertainment begins at 10:00. Cash bar. Each graduating student is allowed 2 guests. Seating is limited, so please arrive early.

Solo Performance: "Radio, Midnight, America" by Ted Cava. Free - tickets available 30 minutes before the show.
Strasberg Theatre

Sunday, May 29

Commencement Procession Formation. All seniors, dressed in cap and gown, should report to the assembly area on Waterman Street, beginning at Hope College and facing toward Thayer Street.
Faunce Arch, the College Green

Commencement Procession Steps Off
Faunce Arch, the College Green

Graduate School Convocation Ceremony awarding of degrees.
Lincoln Field

12:45pm (est.)
University Ceremony. Senior Orations and awarding of honorary degrees.
The College Green

2:00pm (est - Immediately following University Ceremony)
TAPS Diploma Ceremony. Please meet family and friends in Stuart Theatre, the location of the TAPS ceremony, rather than on the Green. Drinks and refreshments will be served after the ceremony.
Stuart Theatre

Campus Map and information for visitors

Storm Plan: In the event of severe storm conditions, the storm plan will go into effect. If the plan is enacted, it will be announced on the Brown University home page, a message will be recorded on (401) 863-3100, and a text sent to seniors’ cell phones.

MAY 13, 2011

TAPS Doctoral Student Presentations

The Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies is proud to announce that on May 13th, 3:00-5:00pm in Lyman Hall room 211, four TAPS graduate students will present from their work. Each presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

Presentations include:

Dissertation presentation: "Discipline and Desire: Surveillance, Feminism, Performance" - Elise Morrison

Second Year presentation: "Choreographing Cellular Memory: Epigenetics, Lab Practice, and the Process of 'Becoming Other'” - Coleman Nye

Second Year presentation: “'It’s Movement I’m After': Reza Abdoh, Queer Temporalities, and the Fourth Dimension of Death" - Noel Salzman

Second Year presentation: "A Fascination for Obscure Detail: Sebald, Theatre, and the Touch of Genocide" - Eleanor Skimin

MAY 7 & 8, 2011

Brownbrokers Staged Readings

See Brownbrokers present staged readings of two brand-new, student-written musicals in Leeds Theatre on May 7th and 8th.

On May 7th at 4:30pm, see We Can Rebuild Him, by Deepali Gupta '12. On Sunday, May 8th at 1:00pm, see Dorian, by David Brown '12, Lance Jabr '12, and Phoebe Nir '14.

Both shows are free and open to all.

MAY 6, 2011

TAPS Undergraduate Honors Thesis Presentations

On Friday, May 6th, at 6:00pm, in Lyman Hall room 211, four Theatre Arts and Performance Studies students from the class of 2011 will present their Undergraduate Honors Thesis. Each presentation will be followed by a brief Q&A period.

Presentations include:

Re:Occupation: The History, Theory, and Creation of a Reenactment Artwork - Ariel Hudes

The Soft Logic Wares Out: Explorations of the Contemporary Avant-Garde Poetic Theatre of Awareness - Ioana Jucan

People Don't Do Such Things: Robots, Performance, and Hedda Gabler - James Anglin Flynn

Thick Wall: Milton’s Walls of Paradise and the Italian Rood Screen - Timothy Simonds

MAY 5-8, 2011

2011 Festival of Dance

Beginning May 5th in Stuart Theatre, see Brown's 2011 Festival of Dance. This year's festival includes five performances featuring the Brown Dance Ensemble, Dance Extension, and New Works/ World Traditions. Choreography is by Lorry May (inspired by Anna Sokolow), Troika Ranch, Dante A. Sciarra, Meg Weeks, and Michelle Bach-Coulibaly and New Works/ World Traditions.

The show will run May 5-8, at 8pm Thursday-Saturday and at 2pm on Sunday. Tickets are now available at the box office in Lyman Hall, by calling 401-863-2838, or at

MAY 1-7, 2011

Solo But Not Alone:
2011 Senior Solo Performances

These seniors have been working all semester on their solo shows, and the first performances are finally going up. These are their capstone performances - not to be missed.

All shows are in Strasberg Theatre and last 50-60 minutes. Tickets are free and available at the door 30 minutes before the performance.

"Girls with Guns" by Lauren Neal
2pm and 7pm 

"Now," by Doug Eacho
7pm and 10pm

"Radio, Midnight, America" by Ted Cava
8:30pm and 11:30pm 

"The Real Realness of the Real Orange County" by Jon Gordon
7pm and 10pm

"Jump" by Hannah Lennett
8:30pm and 11:30pm 

"Chewbacca's Other Friends" by Meredith Mosbacher
7pm and 10pm

"I Believe in Pink" by Liz Rothman
8:30pm and 11:30pm 

"Alicia's Adventures in Makaland" by Ariel Hudes
2pm and 7pm

"The Perfect Gift for Satan" by Dan Ricker 
3:30pm and 8:30pm

APRIL 20, 2011

Performance and Lecture from Helga Davis

Please note: there has been a room change for this event. Helga Davis will now be performing in the Martinos Auditorium at the Granoff Center.

Interdisciplinary artist Helga Davis will be lecturing and performing at Brown as a part of the Solid Senders series. The series brings together composers and performers of new music/performance in conversation with the Brown community. Davis will be performing at in the Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium at 7:30pm on Wednesday, April 20th.

Helga Davis is a New York based artist whose inter-disciplinary work includes collaborations with composers and choreographers.  Recently, she performed at the Soho Rep in Jomama Jones: Radiate, written by Daniel Alexander Jones and directed by Kym Moore.  She has also been featured in The Blue Planet, written by Peter Greenaway and directed by Saskia Boddeke, and The Temptation of St. Anthony, directed by Robert WIlson with libretto and score by Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock.  In February 2008 Davis conducted a special feature interview with artist Kara Walker on the eve of her Whitney Museum retrospective. She also wrote and performed a new multi-media piece entitled: Imaginings at the Whitney Museum at the retrospective’s conclusion with Lukas Ligeti and Pyrolator, Kurt Dahlke.  She is the host of WNYC’s Overnight Music, for which she won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Multimedia Award.

APRIL 21-23, 2011

Arts in the One World
Radicalizing Peace: The lines we will cross

The limits of neutrality and the risks of partisan advocacy in sustainable art, public health and peace initiatives

Planning is underway for our sixth annual Arts in the One World Conference, this year presented in collaboration with Africana Studies at Brown, and the Playhouse Theater in Derry/ Londonderry, Northern Ireland. We are joined again by our partner in hosting: the Interdisciplinary Genocide Study Center (Rwanda) – where the Tutsi Genocide is researched, testimony is gathered, negationism is resisted, and social space for survivors is afforded.

Our theme this year: Radicalizing Peace – The Lines We Will Cross… When is one beholden to intervene? And according to what criteria? How is the work of art/peace-building sometimes at the vanguard of progressive change, and sometimes manipulated? How does neutrality provide safe space, and when is it fatuous (called neutral, yet endorsing a particular status quo)?

AOW is an annual gathering; this is our sixth convening. We draw together students, faculty, practitioners and activists across disciplines, from immediate and international communities, framing presentations and conversations open to the school and the general public. We explore various ways artistic, political, and historical purposes intersect (through reconciliation, the recovery of historical memory, and advocacy for justice).

For more information, including the complete schedule as well as travel information, visit the AOW page within the Playwriting MFA site.

APRIL 14, 2011

Q&A with Huntington Theatre Company Members
& Brown Alums, moderated by Lowry Marshall

Thursday, April 14th at 4:00pm, Peter DuBois '97 and Stephen Karam '02 will be in Leeds Theatre to discuss playwriting, developing new work, and artistic collaboration in the theatre, followed by a Q&A with students.

Peter, artistic director of the Huntington Theatre Company, is directing the world premiere of Stephen's new play, Sons of the Prophet, at the Huntington this spring. Brothers Joseph and Charles Douaihy are young, gay, and having a hell of a year. Their father has died and their uncle is losing it - putting the brothers' once unbreakable sense of humor to the test. The New York Times calls Stephen a "writer whose voice is clear, and laugh-out-loud funny."

APRIL 14, 2011

Tavia Nyong'o Speaking at 
TAPS Graduate Colloquium Series

Thursday, April 14th at 5:00pm, Tavia Nyong'o, Associate Professor of Performance Studies at NYU, will speak in Lyman Hall, 211 as a part of the Graduate Colloquium series.

If the Hollywood culture industries placed 'psychoanalysis in reverse,' as the displaced group of Frankfurt School theorists had it, how do we make sense of novelistic, theatrical, musical and cinematic narratives that feature African American Los Angelenos expatriating to Germany? Can we make sense of such reversals and counter-reversals through of theories of the transference? How might psychoanalysis and affect theory be updated to better account for the performance circuits through which queer and black subjects navigate the California-Germany divide? Through readings of the musical and documentary film Passing Strange, the novel Slumberland, and the performative film curation of Ms. Vaginal Davis, this lecture proposes that we consider "queer conviviality" as a rubric under which to approach the affective labor of transnational black queer subjects.

Tavia Nyong'o's research interests include the intersections of race and sexuality, visual art and performance, and cultural history. He teaches courses on black performance, the history of the body, and subcultural performance. His book, The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), investigates musical, aesthetic, and political practices that conjoined blackness and whiteness in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is the web editor of Social Text.


APRIL 7, 2011

Archiving the Ephemeral:
Artists in Conversation

Questioning the “drive to archive” has become increasingly central to contemporary arts andhumanities practice. On April 7th, 2011 in the Granoff Center Martinos Auditorium at 7PM,acclaimed artistsCorin Hewitt, Mariam Ghani, and Chitra Ganesh will explore the importance of the archive in conversation with Patricia Phillips, prominent scholar and Director of Rhode Island School of Design Graduate Studies. Addressing the role of the archive in creative practice, this conversation will engage with alternative ways of understanding the archive as process rather than object.

The conversation is free and open to the public. This evening is supported by the Creative Arts Council, the John Nicholas Brown Center, the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, the Rhode Island School of Design, and a grant from the Office of International Affairs.

More information can be found at Please contact event organizers Hollis Mickey  & Ian Russell with questions.


APRIL 7 & 9, 2011

Joe Iconis and the Brown Kids:
Live at the Underground

On Saturday, April 9th, contemporary rock musical theatre composer Joe Iconis will present the Joe Iconis and the Brown Kids: Live at the Underground, a collaborative new concert created with Brown students. The concert will feature Joe on the keyboard, two actors who have appeared in numerous Iconis productions (including Lance Rubin '04), and seven student actors. It will be produced, directed, designed, and managed by Brown students. The show will take place in The Underground on April 9th, at 9:00pm.

Joe, Lance, and Jason Williams will also host a Master Class, speaking to the development process of new musical theater, getting new work produced, and artistic collaboration. The Master Class will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 4 pm in Grant Recital Hall.

Joe Iconis is a contemporary rock musical theater composer whose work has been praised as “the next big thing.” He is a two-time Drama Desk nominated graduate of the NYU/Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program. Joe is the proud recipient of a 2007 Ed Kleban Award, a 2006 Jonathan Larson Award, and a Backstage Bistro Award. Joe is the author of The Black Suits, ReWrite, The Plant that Ate Dirty Socks, Things to Ruin: the Songs of Joe Iconis, and Bloodsong of Love. Other projects include Plastic!, Triumphant Baby!, and We the People: America Rocks!The New York Times says, “The buzz that surrounds Mr. Iconis recalls the excitement that in earlier days surrounded Marc Shaiman, [Jonathan] Larson and Jason Robert Brown…”

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, the Late Night Fund, the Dean of the College, the Brown Alumni Association, and the Department of Music.

APRIL 10, 2011

Talkback with playwright Carl Hancock Rux

Immediately following the performance of Talk on Sunday, April 10th in Leeds Theatre, stay for a talkback with playwrightCarl Hancock Rux, director Erik Ehn, and the cast and crew of the show.

Take advantage of this opportunity to ask all your burning questions about the Easy Bake oven, the confetti, and whether or not Diddy has a ticket yet. The talkback will be led by dramaturg Jessica Goldschmidt '10.5 in Leeds Theatre immediately following the show, or around 5pm. It is free (a ticket to the performance is not required) and open to all.



MARCH 12-APRIL 8, 2011

Troika Rance in Residence

Multidisciplinary dance troupe Troika Ranch will be in residence at Brown University from March 12 - April 8. Members of the troupe will be conducting workshops, leading classes and setting a piece. Contact Julie Strandberg for information on how to get involved.

Troika Ranch is the collaborative vision of
artists Mark Coniglio and Dawn Stoppiello. Established in 1994, and maintaining a troika of home bases in Portland, Oregon, New York City and Berlin, Germany, Troika Ranch produces live performances, interactive installations, and digital films, all of which combine traditional aspects of these forms with advanced technologies. The artists’ mission in producing this wide range of art experiences is to create artwork that best reflects and engages contemporary society.

APRIL 5, 2011

A Dalang in Search of Wayang
by Matthew Isaac Cohen

Wayang kulit, shadow puppetry from Java, unmoored from the puppet screen, unplugged from the accompanying gongs and chimes of the gamelan, without even a banana log for support. Illusions of omnipotence are shattered, the global economy in crisis, the cosmic imbalance of myth made fact. Finding himself in a Pirandellian scenario, the puppeteer turns to his old friend Semar for counsel like the knights-errant of yore.

Tuesday, April 5 at 5:30pm, Matthew Isaac Cohen will perform A Dalang in Search of Wayang in Lyman Hall, room 007. A Dalang in Search of Wayang is a solo interactive performance which premiered at the Festival of Asian Theatre in Thessaloniki, Greece in February 2011.Inspired in equal measure by the contemporary wayang of Ki Slamet Gundono, the modern wayang tradition of Cirebon, the ‘puppet plays’ of Iranian playwright and film director Bahram Beyazai, Pirandello, Samuel Beckett and Forced Entertainment, the play caststhesolo performerin the dual role of puppeteer and clown, struggling as a London-based American scholar-practitioner to achieve a Javanese wayang in the absence of the customary accoutrements of performance or Javanese audience. This is a comedy of ideas, a discourse on tradition in modernity and a stubborn enactment of time-honored practice in a transnational context.

Matthew Isaac Cohen (aka Kanda Buwana) is a London-based performer, scholar and teacher, born in the US and educated at Harvard and Yale. He has lived in Indonesia for more than seven years, studying the performing arts, particularly wayang kulit. He studied puppetry at Institut Seni Indonesia Surakarta, Indonesia’s most prestigious arts conservatoire, and holds a certificate in puppetry from Ganasidi, the national wayang association. Among his teachers are the lateKi Oemartopo, Ki Joko Susilo, Ki Blacius Subono, the late Ki Toyo Carito, the late Ki Dharmakbakti, the late Ki Kurnadi and the late Ki Saal. In 1999, while conducting postdoctoral research in the Cirebon area, he was the principal understudy of Ki Basariand regularly performed matinee shows(wayang awan) for Basari’s companyLangen Suara. He moved to the UK in 2000 and since 2005 he has lectured in theatre in the Department of Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has written on many aspects of Indonesian performing arts. His 2006 book, The Komedie Stamboel: Popular Theater in Colonial Indonesia, 1891-1903, won the Harry J. Benda Prize in Southeast Asian Studies from the Association for Asian Studies. He has performed as a solo puppeteer (dhalang) with gamelan groups in North America, Europe and Southeast Asia for more than 20 years and has created post-traditional works of wayang as a solo performer and working collaboratively with Indonesian artists. In 2009 he was awarded the title of ‘Ki Ngabehi’ from the royal court of Kacirebonan in West Java for ‘great and consistent attention to the culture of Indonesia, particularly in the field of traditional puppetry’. He was also on this occasion given his stage name Kanda Buwana (meaning ‘He Who Tells Stories About the World’ in Javanese).

MARCH 15-17, 2011

Interdisciplinary Artist Ping Chong in Residence,
Lecturing on March 16

Brown University's Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Department, The Creative Arts Council through a Lawton Wehle Fitt Artist-in-Residence Grant, and the Office of the President are proud to announce that internationally acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Ping Chong will be visiting Brown as an artist-in-residence from March 15th to March 17th.

While in residence at Brown, Mr. Chong will be working closely with students enrolled in “Under One Roof,” an interdisciplinary art course currently underway at the new Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. In addition, Mr. Chong will be presenting a lecture detailing how he started and developed his career as a multidisciplinary artist. This lecture will be open to the public and will take place on Wednesday, March 16th at 2:00pm in the Granoff Center Martinos Auditorium (154 Angell Street). A reception in the Granoff Center Lower Lobby will follow the talk.

Mr. Chong, a theatre director, playwright, video and installation artist, has presented work at major festivals and theatres around the world including: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, La MaMa E.T.C, Spoleto USA Festival, Vienna Festival, RomaEuropa Festival, Lille European Capital of Culture, Tokyo InternationalArts Festival, Singapore Festival of the Arts, and many others. In 1992, Ping Chong created the first work in theUndesirable Elementsseries. Since then there have been over 40 productions in communities around the United States and around the world. His 2005 puppet theatre production,Cathay: Three Tales of China, a collaboration with the Shaanxi Folk Art Theater of Xian, China, was chosen as one of the top 10 productions of the 2005 season by NY Theatre Wire, and received 3 Henry Hewes Design Awards from the New York Theatre Wing. Mr. Chong has taught at numerous universities, including Harvard and New York University. Among his many honors and awards, he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two BESSIE awards and two OBIE awards, including one for sustained Achievement in 2000. In 2006, Ping Chong was named to the first class of USA Artist Fellows in recognition of his contributions to American arts and culture. Ping Chong world premiered his stage adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s film masterpiece,Throne of Bloodat the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in July 2010 with performances in November as part of BAM’s 2010 Next Wave Festival.

MARCH 15 & 17, 2011

Michelle Ellsworth Performs
Preparations for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome is a performable website that embraces the science
surrounding the shrinkage of the Y chromosome (while both X and Y chromosomes started outwith roughly 1000 genes each, the X chromosome has retained this number while theY chromosome now carries fewer than 100) and asks the question, “What will be missed when men are gone?” and “How can we replace them with choreography, apparati, web technology, and a well stocked ‘man archive’?”

Performance and media artist Michelle Ellsworth will be performing Preparations for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome on Thursday, March 17th at 8:00pm at Grant Recital Hall. She will also be speaking on Tuesday, March 15th at 7:00pm at RISD's CIT room 103.

MARCH 7-18, 2011

Alejandra Prieto residency 
and performance of Erik Ehn's Yermedea

Director, performer, and puppetmaker Alejandra Prieto will in residency at Brown from March 7-18. She will be speaking to students in classes, and her stay will culminate in with a public performance of Yermedea: A Puppet Theater Work-in-Progress, an adaptation of Erik Ehn's Yermedea Raw that explores women's bodies and agency in the time of genocide, directed by Kym Moore. This performance will be on March 18th, at 6:00pm, in the Kooper Studio on the 4th floor of the Granoff Center.

Prieto's performance will consist of a short showing of the work-in-progress, followed by a conversation about the process and a Q&A, focusing especially on the way in which puppet theater can work to convey the unutterable realities of genocide explored in the text.

Alejandra Prieto is a director, performer, and puppet maker, and also has worked extensively in Spain as an actress. She received a Fulbright grant in 2005 to study directing (Sarah Lawrence College, New York), where she studied with the American puppeteers Dan Hurling and Tom Lee, later in an apprenticeship with Basil Twist. In New York, Prieto met the Bunraku British Company Blind Summit, with whom she has built a strong relationship. She has worked with BS as a performer on The Call of the Wild (Royal Opera House) and An Odd Angel (Battersea Arts Centre) and also as a puppet maker on Low Life, Fairies (Royal Opera House) and On Emotion (Soho Theatre). In 2008 she created her own company, The Winged Cranes, to explore themes related to gender and social change. The company’s first play, The Soldier With No Name, has been on tour in Edinburgh Theatre Festival, “Reencontres" in Marsella, Visible Festival (Madrid), and Imatra Festival (Finland).

Prieto is currently working on her new play Bernarda’s Backstage, based on Spanish dramaturge Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba. With this play she has been an artist in residence at the Arts Centre of La Laboral in Gijon and Parraga Centre in Murcia.

A Spanish-language review of Bernarda's Backstage is available at More information on Alejandra Prieto and her work is available at

MARCH 19, 2011

The Tenderloin Opera Company presents:
Love Songs, Dreams and Disasters

Long Songs, Dreams, and Disasters is an afternoon of new music, poems and stories from the Tenderloin Opera Company. Join us for our latest round of songs and scenes, developed through free workshops with homeless advocates and people who are homeless in cooperation with the Speakers' Bureau.

Saturday, March 19th at 2:00pm at the Mathewson Street United Methodist Church at 134 Mathewson Street in downtown Providence.

This event is free. Any donations will go to the support of the Speakers' Bureau. Contact Erik Ehnwith questions.


MARCH 16, 2011

Toni Dove: Interactive Film

For over 20 years, Toni Dove has produced some of the most imaginative hybrids of film, installation art and experimental theatre. In her work, performers and participants interact with an unfolding narrative using interface technologies such as motion sensing and on-screen avatars.

Toni will be giving an artist's talk on Wednesday, March 16th at 4:00pm at the Granoff Center, N420.


MARCH 12, 2011

American Dance Legacy Institute Winter Mini-Fest

The American Dance Legacy Institute Winter Mini-Fest is a day-long tour of dance through viewing, experiencing, and exchanging. Designed for dancers of all backgrounds and levels, artists of all disciplines, practitioners in cultural programming and public humanities, people interested in going "behind the scenes" with artists, and anyone interested in encountering dance in friendly and approachable ways.

The ADLI Mini-Fest will take place in the Granoff Center, and is free and open to the public. Find out more about the Mini-Fest and about ADLI at


MARCH 9, 2011

Rinde Eckert Performance

Rinde Eckert, composer, performer, and director, will be lecturing and performing at Brown as a part of the Solid Senders series. The series brings together composers and performers of new music/performance in conversation with the Brown community. Eckert will be performing at the Grant Recital Hall, behind the Orwig Music Building at Hope and Young Orchard streets, at7:30pm on Wednesday, March 9.

Rinde Eckert, the 2009 recipient of The Alpert Award in the Arts for his contributions to Theatre and finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, is a writer, composer, performer and director. His Opera / New Music Theatre productions have toured throughout America, and to major theater festivals in Europe and Asia.


MARCH 8, 2011

A Night of a Thousand Readings and One Reading

MFA Playwrights Victor Cazares and Margaret Namulyanga will be reading during A Night of a Thousand Readings and One Reading, from the Literary Arts Program and TAPS. The reading will be on Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30pm in McCormack Family Theatre. A dozen or so first-year MFA candidates in electronic writing, fiction, playwriting, and poetry will present short-short readings and other presentations of their work. For more information, see the Litereary Arts department.

MARCH 7, 2011

Nao Bustamante:
Melted, Plotting Out a Cross-Genre Narrative

On Monday, March 7, at 5:30pm in Lyman Hall 007, Nao Bustamante will present some of her many performance and video works, featuring personae ranging from vulnerable anti-heroines to dominant, sturdy protectors. The artist’s appearance on Bravo’s recent reality show Work of Art: The Next Great Artist led to her creation of Tierra y Libertad – Kevlar® 2945 (2011), a typical Edwardian garment worn by the women that fought in the early part of the Mexican Revolution, reproduced in Kevlar®, a fabric of the 21st century, and then tested on a ballistic range. Other works to be excerpted are Silver & Gold (2009), her ‘filmformance’ evoking legendary filmmaker Jack Smith; Find Yourself Through Me (2005), a digital portrait involving audience members; and America, the Beautiful (1995), on the blond sex-kitten archetype.

Nao Bustamante is an internationally known artist, originally from California; she now resides in New York. Bustamante's precarious work encompasses performance art, video installation, visual art, filmmaking, and writing. The New York Times says, "She has a knack for using her body." Bustamante has presented in Galleries, Museums, Universities and underground sites all around the world. She has exhibited, among other locales, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the New York Museum of Modern Art, Sundance 2008, 2010, and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki. In 2001 she received the prestigious Anonymous Was a Woman fellowship and in 2007 named a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, as well as a Lambent Fellow. 2010 she was an unlikely contestant on TV network, Bravo's Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. Bustamante is alum of the San Francisco Art Institute, New Genres program. Currently she holds the position of Associate Professor of New Media and Live Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

MARCH 4, 2011

David Román:
The Hydrants are Open: Latinos and Broadway
in the 21st Century

David Román, Professor of English/American Studies at USC, will speak at Brown on Friday, March4, at 4:00pm in Lyman Hall room 211. Román will discuss the shifts in Broadway politics since the publication of Alberto Sandoval’s landmark book, Jose, Can You See?. His talk will chart the proliferation of Latinos on the Broadway stage since the 1990s, and ends with a reading of the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights, written by and starring Lin Manuel Miranda.

Professor Román’s research focuses on theatre and performance studies, with an emphasis on contemporary US culture: American studies, with an emphasis on race, sexuality, and the performing arts; Latina/o studies with an emphasis on popular culture; and queer studies with an emphaiss on archival practices, subcultural histories, and artistic production, primarily in twentieth century America.He is the author of Performance in America: Contemporary US Culture and the Performing Arts, O Solo Homo: The New Queer Performance, and Acts of Intervention: Performance, Gay Culture, & AIDS. His current projects include a book on the racial politics of American theatre in the 1940s, a study of the memoirs of pre-Stonewall gay and lesbian activists, and a historical project on AIDS and cultural production in the 1980s and early 1990s.

FEBRUARY 28, 2011

Archiving the Ephemeral:
The Ephemera(l)

A series of conversations and reading groups bringing students and faculty at Brown University together with artists, researchers and professionals from a wide range of international and interdisciplinary perspectives, Archiving the Ephemeral will be a valuable discursive space for researchers and practitioners concerned and critically engaged with the authoritative agency of the archive in the arts and humanities. For complete information on this series,

The second meeting of Archiving the Ephemeral will take place on Monday, February 28, at 12pm in the new Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. The participating discussants will be Tommy De Frantz(MIT, Theatre Arts & Dance), and Julie Strandberg (Brown, American Dance Legacy Institute.

FEBRUARY 25, 2011

Robin Bernstein
Inherited Repertoires, Resistant Subjects:
Revisiting the Clark Doll Tests as Performance

Robin Berstein, Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and of History and Literature at Harvard University, will be speaking at Brown as a part of the TAPS Graduate Colloquium on February 25th, at 12:00pm, in Lyman Hall room 211.

Robin Bernstein is a cultural historian who focuses on U.S. performance and theatre, race, gender, sexuality, and childhood during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her four books include Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights (under contract, New York University Press), the edited anthologies Cast Out: Queer Lives in Theatre (University of Michigan Press, 2006) and Generation Q (Alyson Press, 1996), as well as a children's book titled Terrible, Terrible! (Kar-Ben, 1998).


FEBRYARY 25-26, 2011

Ka Mali Don:
African Performance Weekend 2011

Ka Mali Don, “to know Mali” inthe native language of Bambara, is this year’s African Performance Weekend.  The Mali Awareness Weekend Festival celebrates the power of Contemporary MandePerformance to bring people together around a common purpose, to sensitize thought into action, and to move us beyond our own cultural comfort zone. This festival of Mande song, dance, and oral history is an immersive experience of learning, sharing and investing ourselves in ways that open us to change and service to others. Educators, world-class musicians, dancers, actors, storytellers and ritualists are collaborating to create a weekend of ceremony, performance, and workshops.

The Festival will be held Friday, Febrary 25 & Saturday, February 26 in Lyman Hall. For the full schedule, participant biographies, and registration information, visit the New Works/World Traditions section of the Dance pages at

FEBRUARY 24, 2011

All Is To Be Dared:
A Roundtable on Women in the Professional Theatre

Taking our cues from Sappho's pan tolmaton - all is to be dared - this roundtable will bring together three great women artists - Migdalia Cruz, Melanie Joseph, Melissa Kievman and Ellen McLaughlin - to discuss the state of women in the theatre.

As we know, it isn't enough to have a room of one's own; a woman artist must have means of leaving it, inviting guests, furnishing it, subletting it - managing space. And a "woman's space" in the world of the arts remains heavily managed and operates under a landlord mentality (across genders), with various mechanisms of privilege and exclusion. It continues to resist the full participation of women, participation even beyond (though not yet up to) civil conversation... participation to the point of outrage, grand error, genuinely creative risk.

On February 24, these risk taking women will share their thoughts and experiences with the Brown community. The panel will take place in Leeds Theatre, from 7:30-9:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Migdalia Cruz's work has been produced across the U.S. and abroad at various venues. She wrote book and lyrics for the musicals Rushing WatersWelcome Back To Salamanca, and When Galaxy Six and TheBronx Collide; the libretto for an opera, Street Sense; and lyrics and monologues forFrida: The Story of Frida Kahlo. She has taught playwriting at U.of Iowa/Playwrights’ Workshop, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Princeton University, and at Amherst College, and guest lectured at Yale University, Wesleyan University, Mount Holyoke College, and Columbia University.

Melanie Joseph is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of The Foundry Theatre. With The Foundry, she has directed Alice Tuan's The Roaring Girle as well as all three of playwright W. David Hancock's New York City premieres: The Convention of Cartography (OBIE Award, “Best Play”);Deviant Craft (Drama Desk nomination, “Unique Theatrical Experience”); and The Race of the Ark Tattoo (OBIE Awards, “Best Play” & “Best Performance”). With The Foundry, Joseph has also produced works by Grisha Coleman, David Greenspan, Carl Hancock Rux, Linda Chapman and Lola Pashalinski, Rude Mechanicals, Rinde Eckert, and Russian auteur Kama Ginkas. In 2001, Joseph herself received the Lucille Lortel Award for Producing, in recognition of premiering “cutting-edge works of artistic excellence.” She sits on the board of Theatre Communications Group and is the US President of the International Theatre Institute.

Melissa Kievman's recent directing credits include: Nickel and Dimed for the Great Lakes Theater Festival/Cleveland Public Theater; an evening of short plays by Tracey Wilson, Lee Blessing, Julie Myatt and Steven Dietz at the Guthrie Lab, Melissa James Gibson's [sic] at Soho Rep and Roadworks in Chicago; workshops of new plays by Brooke Berman and Melissa James Gibson at Children's Theater Company in Minneapolis and of Kate Robin's Anon for Portland Center Stage; many plays for Bob Moss' Syracuse Stage and the Hangar Theater. Previously a Drama League Director, new recipient of the NEA/TCG Directors Fellowship. Melissa served as associate artistic director of New Dramatists for five seasons.

Ellen McLaughlin is an award-winning playwright whose work includes Days and Nights Within, A Narrow Bed, Infinity's House, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Tongue of a Bird, and The Persians. She has been awarded grants from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fund for New American Plays. In 1995, she won the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund Writer's award, and in 2000 she received the Berilla Kerr Award for Playwriting. In addition to writing, McLaughlin also teaches and acts. She has taught at Princeton University and the Yale School of Drama, and has been a member of the Barnard College faculty since 1995. As an actress, McLaughlin is best known for her portrayal of the Angel in Tony Kushner's Angels in America, a role that she played from the beginning workshops through its Broadway run.

FEBRUARY 23, 2011

Carl Hancock Rux performs
Poesia Negra

Channeling the work of Luis Pales Matos, Nicoles Guillen, and the  literary tradition that created a synthesis between personal memory, dreams, political struggles and music, Poesia Negra  is an intimate performance work (two people) that blends storytelling, poetic reveries, and a trenchantcritical analysis on American mythologies and controversies new and old. Rux’s stripped-down staging sets up a psychological lec/dem oratory and gives spirited disquisitions on an eclectic lineup of cultural game-changers from James Baldwin, Shirley Clarke, Archie Shepp and Billie Holiday, Breyten Breytenbach, Albert Einstein, and filmmakers Shirley Clarke and Pier Paolo Pasolini, in order to investigate post modernism, race and personal identity. The work last appeared on the REDCAT stage ( L.A.) in May of  2010, (directed by Maureen Huskey), funded in part with generous support from Judith O. and Robert E. Rubin,  and The Herb Alpert Foundation.

See Poesia Negra on Wednesday, February 23rd, at 7:30pm in the Granoff Center, Studio 1.

FEBRUARY 4-13, 2011

Writing Is Live

The complete schedule of events for the 2011 Writing Is Live playwriting festival have been announced. This year's festival features nine new works by Brown graduate and undergraduate students. At the heart of the festival are thesis productions by second-year playwrights Theo Goodell, Rachel Jendrzejewski, and Ian McDonald.  These fully-staged productions represent the culminating work of the M.F.A. playwrights and will provide boldly imaginative and diverse theatrical experiences.

Writing is Live celebrates the diversity and strength of new theatrical voices while simultaneously exploring the meaning of text in performance.  Performance writing may take forms complete and incomplete, narrative and imagistic, compact or durational, so the festival stresses and plays with the idea of the Live, allowing the development and evolution of new work in conversation with the writer, directors, actors, designers, and audience.  All are collaborators in the exciting life of the new performance script.

Tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including a complete schedule of performances and ticket reservations, visit

FEBRUARY 9, 2011

Lecture/Demo with performance artist
Cynthia Hopkins

Join us tomorrow at 7:30pm in Grant Recital Hall for a lecture/ demo with performance artist Cynthia Hopkins.  In combining non-fiction documentary with traditional narrative story, science fiction, space opera and introspective autobiography, Hopkins weaves a new kind of story. She also takes the same approach to music, releasing albums with her band Gloria Deluxe.

This performance is the first in a series of composers and performers of new music and performance in conversation with the Brown Community.


FEBRUARY 9, 2011

Ailey II
teaching two classes in Ashamu

First Works, Brown's Creative Arts Council, and the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies are excited to present Ailey II, the junior company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. This Wednesday, February 9, members of Ailey II will be teaching two dance classes in Ashamu Dance Studio: a small, dedicated class to Brown dance students, and a larger, free class open to the entire Providence dance community.

At 3:00pm, Ailey II will teach a choreography lab, open to all students with dance experience or interest. This class is FREE to join. Please come early, as space is limited.

at 5:00pm, Ailey II will be conducting a master class for intermediate and advanced dancers and movers from both Brown campus and all of the greater Providence dance community that will last about 90 minutes. This is a wonderful opportunity to unite the local university and professional dance communities. This class is FREE and OPEN TO ALL.

FEBRUARY 7, 2011

Archiving the Ephemeral:
The Archive

A series of conversations and reading groups bringing students and faculty at Brown University together with artists, researchers and professionals from a wide range of international and interdisciplinary perspectives, Archiving the Ephemeral will be a valuable discursive space for researchers and practitioners concerned and critically engaged with the authoritative agency of the archive in the arts and humanities. For complete information on this series,

The first meeting of Archiving the Ephemeral will take place on Monday, February 7, at 12pm in the new Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. The participating discussants will be Glenn Wharton (NYU, Museum Studies) and Dennis McNulty (artist, Ireland).


TAPS Directors Series:
Theatre Directors Talk about their Work

This January and February, four theatre directors will come to the TAPS Department to show examples and talk about their work. The series will include:

Kym Moore 
Thursday, Jan 27

Phil Soltanoff
Tuesday, Feb 1 
NOTE: There has been a schedule change for Phil Soltanoff's talk. He will now be speaking from 6-7pm. The room will remain the same.

Tea Alagic
Thursday, Feb 3

Leslie Buxbaum Danzig
Tuesday, Feb 8

Each talk will be 5:00pm in Lyman room 211, followed by a question and answer session. A meet and greet before the talk, beginning at 4:30, will take place in the reception area in Lyman Hall.

Kym Moore is a director, a published playwright, and a producer, and pursues screenwriting as well as conducts experiments in multimedia production. Currently, she serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre, specializing in teaching acting and directing at Brown University. Previously, she has held teaching appointments at Swarthmore, SUNY Purchase/Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film, Hampshire, and Sarah Lawrence Colleges.  She has been nominated for the Alan Schneider Directing Award by the Theatre Communications Group. At the Women’s Project she was a member of the Directors Forum where she received an Artistic Leadership Fellowship. Her one-act play, The Date, won the Pen and Brush Award for Best Short Play in 2003. She is the recipient of a Lemelson Foundation grant for the development of the “Brainmachine,” an interactive-biofeedback device that allows performers to control lights, sound, and video using brainwave signals in real time.

Phil Soltanoff is a theatre artist devoted to the creation of innovative, hybrid work that collides the arts in compelling ways, challenging familiar forms. He builds links between seemingly incompatible medias and materials, and employs new technologies in surprising and human ways. He is the recipient of a 2000 OBIE Award Grant in 2000 for five myles and was nominated for a 2007Moliere Award for his creation and direction of More or Less, Infinity.

Tea Alagic is a theater artist with working experience in Croatian, Czech, and English. She holds a BFA in acting from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and an MFA in directing from the Yale School of Drama where she received the Julian Milton Kaufman Prize in Directing. Her Off-Broadway directing work includes Aliens With Extraordinary Skills (Woman’s Project, NYC), The Brothers Size (Under the Radar Festival, and the world premiere with seventy-three shows at The Public theater in NYC, The Studio Theater in Washington DC, and The Abbey Theater in Dublin), and Binibon (The Kitchen, NYC).  She directed Woyzek , Self–Accusation, Preparadise Sorry Now, and Baal while she was Associate Artistic Director of the Ensemble Company for the Performing Arts (ECPA.) Tea has been honored with a Soros Fellowship, a 2004 CEC Arts Link Performing Arts and Literature Award, and awards for best show and play Al Hamlet Summit by Sulayman Al Bassam at both the Cairo International Festival and the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival.

Leslie Buxbaum Danzig co-created and directed 500 Clown Macbeth, 500 Clown Frankenstein, and 500 Clown Christmas. She directed Redmoon Theater's Hunchback at NYC's New Victory Theater, Washington DC’s Shakespeare Theater, and Redmoon Central. Past credits include co-directing Blair Thomas & Co.’s The Ox-Herder’s Tale at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in MD and touring nationally and internationally with NYC’s Elevator Repair Service. Leslie was assistant director to Julie Taymor and dramaturg with choreographer Molly Shanahan. She teaches at University of Chicago, trained with Jacques Lecoq and Philippe Gaulier, and received her BA from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.

JANUARY 26, 2011

Professor Nick Kaye:
Acts of Presence:
performance, mediation and the absent body

Professor Nick Kaye, Dean of the College of Humanities at the University of Exeter, will be speaking on Wednesday, January 26th, in Lyman Hall, room 211.

Professor Kaye will present "Acts of Presence: performance, mediation and the absent body." This lecture will explore experiences and perceptions of the body’s presence produced in electronic mediation, video and virtual reality. In projective installations by artists such as Tony Oursler and Gary Hill, evocations of the "presence" of overtly mediated and so "absent" figures have provided a means of exploring and challenging the viewer’s engagement and complicity with the effects of media forms, practices and systems. In computer science, experiences of presence are a core element and goal in the operation of experimental immersive Virtual Reality technologies. This lecture will explore a range of contemporary projective art installations engaging with phenomena of presence in the broader context of experiments in CAVE Automatic Virtual Environment created through the Performing Presence project – – a collaboration between University of Exeter Drama, UCL Computer Science and Stanford Archaeology, 2005-10.


Nick Kaye joined Exeter Drama Department in July 2004 as Professor of Performance Studies following five years as Chair in Drama at the University of Manchester. His roles have also included Director of Research, Director of Postgraduate Research and subsequently Head of the School of Arts, Languages and Literatures. His research focuses on the history of post-war experimental performance, with emphasis on the relationship between theatre and the development of ideas and practices through distinct but related disciplines, including sculpture, architectural theory, conceptual and performance art, aspects of experimental music, installation, video art and video installation. He was a Principal Investigator for Performing Presence: from the live to the simulated, a large-scale collaborative research project funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council from 2005-10 and which he led in collaboration with colleagues in Drama at Exeter, Archaeology at Stanford University and Computer Science at University College London.

His books include: Postmodernism and Performance (1994), Art into Theatre: Performance Interviews and Documents (1996), Site-Specific Art: Performance, Place and Documentation (2000), Staging the Post-Avant-Garde: Italian Performance After 1970' (co-authored with Gabriella Giannachi  2002), Multi-media: video - installation -  performance (2007), Performing Presence: Between the Live and the Simulated (co authored with Gabriella Giannachi, MUP: forthcoming 2010) and Archaeologies of Presence (co-edited with Gabriella Giannachi and Michael Shanks, Routledge, forthcoming: 2011).

DECEMBER 7, 2010

Looking Carefully:
Theatre and Peacebuilding in Rwanda and Uganda

Last June, three Brown students joined Professor Erik Ehn and an international group of artists, professors, and theatre practitioners in Rwanda to learn about the 1994 Tutsi Genocide and the use of theatre for healing and social transformation. The group visited genocide memorials and historical sites, attended presentations on Rwandan history and the genocide within national consciousness, and participated in panels on genocide denial, trauma healing, and the politics of foreign intervention.  After two weeks, the group helped organize the Centre by Centre theatre festival in Kigali, a weekend of creative workshops and performances involving artists from Rwanda, Uganda, Belarus, Afghanistan, Israel, Mexico, and the USA. The group then travelled to Uganda and visited theatre groups, schools, and community organizations, learning about how creative endeavors intersect with a complex political history and the repercussions of the conflict with the Lord's Resistance Army. In both Uganda and Rwanda, the trip was an immersive learning opportunity and a space for cultural exchange. The group travelled and collaborated with local artists, scholars and students, and engaged in dialogue across artistic disciplines, history, and experience.

Photographs and reflections on the trip will be on display in the Leeds Breezway from November 30th to December 10th.

A reception will be held on Tuesday, December 7th from 6:00 - 8:00pm. Henry Peck '11, Meara Sharma '11, and Zarina Shea MFA '11 will share their experiences from last summer and provide information about next year's trip to Rwanda.


DECEMBER 9, 2010

Reading of Thanksgiving,
a play by Nikolai Kalekhezin

This Thursday, December 9, see a reading of Thanksgiving, by Nikolai Kalekhezin, in Leeds Theatre in Lyman Hall at 8:00pm. The reading will be in solidarity with the Belarus Free Theater, prior to elections there, and is one of many performances of the play taking place across the country.

The timing is perfect, as is the nature of the play. The plot centers on two characters: an elderly man living alone in middle America and his home nurse, an immigrant from Belarus. The story is seasonal, insightful, and, above all, exceptionally funny.

Learn more about Thanksgiving and the Free Belarus project here. The reading in Leeds Theatre is free and open to all.

DECEMBER 3, 2010

Talkback after Kaspar
Professor Thomas Kniesche

This Friday, Dec 3, stay for the talkback after Kaspar in Leeds Theatre. Professor Thomas Kniesche, from Brown University's German Studies Department, and the director, cast, and crew of Kaspar, will speak about the show and answer your questions. The talkback will begin immediately following Friday's performance, at roughly 10:30pm. Tickets for Kaspar are available at the box office in Leeds Theatre, by calling 401-863-2838, or at

Thomas Kniesche is Associate Professor of German Studies at Brown University. His areas of expertise include modern German literature, intellectual history, literary theory, and psychoanalysis. He is currently at work on a book project about the image of “America” in 20th Century German- Jewish Literature. Of particular interest for this project is America’s role as the third party in a dialogue between German and Jewish culture. “America” is a metaphor for discourses that mediate, negotiate, or manipulate cultural exchanges in the German-Jewish tradition. He is also working on a series of articles on contemporary mystery fiction in German. Professor Kniesche earned his Ph.D. at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

DECEMBER 3, 2010

Patrick Anderson: Starving Archives

On Friday, December 3, Patrick Anderson will be speaking at the TAPS Graduate Colloquium Series. Anderson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego, where he is also a faculty affiliate of Critical Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies. He is the author of So Much Wasted: Hunger, Performance, and the Morbidity of Resistance, and Violence Performed: Local Roots and Global Routs of Conflict.

Anderson will present Starving Archives on December 3rd at 4:00pm in Lyman Hall, room 211.


NOVEMBER 18-21, 2010

2010 Fall Dance Concert

Tickets are now on sale for the 2010 Fall Dance Concert. This concert is entirely student-choreographed and will consist of a whopping 16 student group performances!

See the Fall Dance Concert this November 18-20 at 8:00pm or November 21 at 2:00pm in Ashamu Dance Studio. Reserved tickets are $17 for adults; $12 for seniors, staff, and faculty; and $7 for students. There are also a number of general admission floor seats available for $5.

PLEASE NOTE: Patrons holding "Floor seat" tickets will be seated on a wooden floor, with no chairs available. Anyone who will be uncomfortable sitting on a wooden floor for the duration of the Concert should purchase a ticket in the reserved seating area.

Tickets for the Fall Dance Concert are now available in person at the Brown Box Office in Lyman Hall, by calling 401-863-2838, or at


NOVEMBER 20, 2010

The Tenderloin Opera Company
Presents Songs & Scenes

The Tenderloin Opera Company creates original musical and theatrical materials by, for, and with people who are homeless, homeless advocates, and the Brown Community through weekly sessions at the Mathewson Street Church, in collaboration with the Speakers' Bureau and the RI Coalition for the Homeless.

Join us for our latest round of songs and scenes, as we move towards the development of a new opera to be presented in the spring.

Come for the entertainment, or with questions about howt o share in the work of TOC or Speakers' Bureau.

November 20, 2010
Mathewson Street United Methodist Church
134 Mathewson St
Providence, RI 02903

This event is free. Any donations will go to the support of the Speakers' Bureau.


OCTOBER 25-28, 2010

Daniel Alexander Jones

Teacher, playwright, and interdisciplinary artist Daniel Alexander Jones will be visiting Brown university this October, and will be speaking to various classes from the 25th to the 28th. These will be open classes, and visitors are welcome with the professor's consent.

Monday, Oct 25, 3:00-6:00pm: Jones will be speaking to Kym Moore's Acting Outside the Box in Lyman Hall, the Cave.
Tuesday, October 26, 5:00-6:20pm: Jones will be speaking to Andy Hertz's Musical theatre class in Orwig, room 315.
Thursday, October 28, 5:00-6:20pm: Jones will be speaking to Elmo Terry-Morgan's RPM Playwriting class in Churchill, room 106.

Daniel Alexander Jones received the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts in Theatre in 2006 in recognition of his interdisciplinary theatre work. “Moved by silenced histories, informed by acts of survival and transcendence, Jones creates his own language, and, in doing so, finds his own way home,” noted the Alpert Foundation. Jones’s work reflects his passions for expansive aesthetic impulses in theatre, and for the rich interdisciplinary traditions of Black American culture. American Theatre Magazine named Daniel one of fifteen theatre makers whose work will “change American stages for decades to come.” Daniel’s plays and performance pieces include Phoenix Fabrik, Bel Canto, Earthbirths, The Book of Daniel, Hera, Blood: Shock: Boogie and Cab and Lena.

Current projects include Qualities of Light, an interactive performance installation created with acclaimed musician, Helga Davis. Jomama Jones RADIATE, directed by Kym Moore, opens at Soho Rep on December 29, 2010.


OCTOBER 28-31, 2010

En Las Manos De La Muerte

En Las Manos De La Muerte, written by Alexandra Bernson '12 and directed by Professor Patricia Ybarra, is an exploration of Narco Culture on the USA-Mexico border: the drug cartels, Culture of Death personified by Santa Muerte, machismo, honor, poverty, greed, violence, and death.

The show will play October 28 to 31, at 7:00pm on Thurs-Sat and at 3:00pm on Sunday, with Folkthought Discussion. There will be a special performance on All Saints Day, Monday, November 1 at 7:00pm. All performances in the Rites and Reason Theatre at 155 Angell Street.

Presented by the Department of Africana Studies.


SEPTEMBER 13, 2010


Brown-RISD Faculty Teach-in
on Gay Teen Suicide

This multidisciplinary faculty teach-in/student talk-back session responds to the recent spate of gay teen suicides, hate crimes, and the persistence of homophobia in various public forums.

We’ll chat about the stakes of queer studies in relation to activism, media representation, issues of student life and the formation of university – and wider – communities.

The conversation is part of National Coming Out Week.

Wed, Oct 13,
Brown-RISD Hillel Chapel
80 Brown St cross Angell
7-8ish p.m.

Lynne Joyrich, Professor of Modern Culture and Media
Katrina Gamble, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Ralph Rodriguez, Associate Professor of American Civilization
Gail Cohee, Director, Sarah Doyle Women’s Center
Betsey Biggs, Postdoctoral Fellow, Cogut Center for the Humanities
Tim Cavanaugh, M.D, Associate Clinical Professor, Brown Medical School
Joon Lee, Assistant Professor of English, RISD  
Eng-Beng Lim, Assistant Professor of Theater Arts and Performance Studies

All inquiries can be directed to Eng-Beng Lim,


Crossing the Line and Story of Tea

Dah Theatre will be visiting Brown's campus in late September, performing and speaking with students.

Dah Theatre was formed out of a need for profound experimental work in 1991. In 1993 Dah Theatre enlarged its activities by forming the Theatre Research Centre with an ongoing program of workshops, lectures, seminars, guest performances and festivals. The work of the Centre is geared toward a constant exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas among artists and theatre professionals from different theatrical and national traditions.

On Monday, September 27that 7:00pm, Dah will present Crossing the Line in the George Houston Bass Performing Arts Center, 155 Angell St. Crossing the Line is based on texts from the book Women's Side of War, edited by Women in Black organization (2007), a collection of women's testimonies about wars on the soil of the former republic of Yugoslavia from 1991 till 1999.

On Wednesday, September 29th, at 7:00pm, Dah will present Story of Tea  in the Pell Chafee Performance Arts Center. This performance takes as its point of departure Chekov's Three Sisters. The central theme of the play - the train that will eventually take sisters to their dream place, Moscow, or the situation of missing opportunities and lost chances - inspired and provoked several important issues that DAH Theatre's version of Three Sisters deals with.


"In the contemporary world, destruction and violence can only be opposed by the creation of sense."

SEPTEMBER 27, 2010

Opening remarks and lecture for the 2010-2011 Classics International Colloquium Series: “Performing Colonial History in Saltillo, Mexico” Patricia Ybarra

Patricia Ybarra will be giving the opening remarks and lecture for the 2010-11 Classics International Colloquium Series on Monday, September 27, at 5:30pm in Rhode Island Hall 108.

The Graduate Students of Classics International Colloquium is a year-long colloquium that revisits the masterpieces of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes in their political and ideological contexts from the perspective of scholars outside the traditional centers of Classical studies. With lectures by international scholars of Greek drama, student-led readings of plays, and film screenings of modern performances.

The complete schedule of events for Fall 2010 is:

Mon., Sept. 27: Lecture: Patricia Ybarra, Brown University, “Performing Politics in Saltillo, Mexico”
5:30 p.m., Rhode Island Hall 108

Mon., Oct. 4: Reading: Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex, with Yasunori Kasai, Otsuma University and Niigata University, Japan
6:00 p.m., Alumnae Hall, Auditorium 30

Mon., Oct. 4: Film: Oedipus Rex, directed by Julie Taymor with music by Stravinksy
8:30 p.m., Smith-Buonanno G01

Tues., Oct. 5: Film: Yukio Ninagawa’s Oedipus Rex
5:30 p.m., Smith-Buonanno G18

Wed., Oct. 6: Lecture: Yasunori Kasai, Otsuma University and Niigata University, Japan, “Performing Procedure in Sophocles’s Oedipus Tyrannus
5:45 p.m., Maddock Alumni Center

Thurs., Oct. 7: Lecture: Yasunori Kasai, Otsuma University and Niigata University, Japan, “The Cultural Transfer: Diffusion and Reception – a Japanese Lesson”
5:30 p.m., MacMillan Hall 115

Fri., Dec. 3: Reading: A Workshop on Roman Comedy Reincarnated, with Adele Scafuro, Brown University
6:00 p.m., location TBA

All events are free and open to the public. For more information,

If interested in attending one of the performances, please RSVP

This colloquium is sponsored by the Brown University Departments of Classics, East Asian Studies, Theater Arts & Performance Studies, Hispanic Studies, Portuguese & Brazilian Studies, Modern Greek Studies; the Center for Language Studies; the Office of International Affairs; and the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Fund 


SEPTEMBER 28, 2010

Belarus Free Theatre:
Generation Jeans

Belarus Free Theatre was founded in 2005 by Nikolai Khalezin and  Nataliya Koliyada as an outlet for banned playwrights in a country where all theatre is state-run. Today they operate underground, sending text message to announce the time and locations of their shows.

Belarus Free Theatre will be performing their showGeneration Jeans  in the George Houston Bass Performing Arts Center, 155 Angell St, on Tuesday, September 28th at 7:00pm. Generation Jeans is a Khalezin's semi-autobiographical story of a freedom fighter in the Jeans Revolution, with assistance from an on-stage DJ.

Generation Jeans is free and open to all.


OCTOBER 1, 2010

Adios Ayacuho

Grupo Yuyachkani has been making activist theatre about politics in Peru for 30 years. Yuyachkani will perform Adios Ayacucho on Friday, October 1st at 7:00pm in the Rites and Reason Theatre.Adios Ayacucho is the story of a peasant, tortured and murdered by the military as a suspected terrorist, who returns to Lima through the body of a Q’olla, a masked dancer, in order to find and bury his own body.

The performance will be free and open to all.



OCTOBER 3, 2010

7th annual Wilmeth Lecture
on American Theatre and Performance:
“Custard’s First Stand:
The Origins of American Slapstick Comedy”
with Laurence Senelick

Laurence Senelick, Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory, Tufts University with be giving the 7th annual Wilmeth Lecture on American Theatre and Performance on Sunday, October 3rd, at 3:00pm in the Hay Library. The lecture, “Custard’s First Stand: The Origins of American Slapstick Comedy," will be a part of "Early American and British Popular Entertainment," an exhibit running through September and October at the Brown University Library, featuring selections from the personal collection of Professor Emeritus Don B. Wilmeth.

Beginning in the late eighteenth century, a huge market for public amusements developed in England and the United States. As urban centers grew and new technologies flourished, citizens found more time for leisure activities. Popular entertainments such as pleasure gardens and annual fairs emerged alongside a growing taste for novelties such as equestrian demonstrations and early forms of variety entertainment such as minstrel shows and the full-length pantomimes of Joseph Grimaldi and George L. Fox. With the expansion of the frontier in the nineteenth century, rural audiences began to enjoy traveling entertainments such as circuses, Wild West shows, and variety troupes.

This exhibit - culled from the personal collection of Brown University’s Asa Messer Professor Emeritus Don B. Wilmeth and supplemented by items from Brown’s Special Collection - centers on the careers of these pioneering entertainers and entrepreneurs. Featured items in-clude broadsides/playbills, satirical prints, rare books, sheet music, pre-cinematic optical amusements, and a wealth of other ephemera and visual resources. Some of the individuals whose careers are addressed include P. T. Barnum, Madame Tussaud, Richard Cruikshank, Thomas Rowlandson, James Gillray, Joseph Grimaldi, and George L. Fox, among others.

This exhibit pays particular attention to the careers of three early solo performers: George Alexander Stevens (1710-1784), Charles Matthews (1776-1835), and Nicholas Marie Vattemore (1796-1864). Stevens’s The Lecture on Heads was an enormously successful and much-imitated success in England and the U.S. in the eighteenth century. Matthews’s “At Homes” showcased his unique talents as an impersonator and comic actor, and Vattemare’s perform-ances as “Monsieur Alexandre” combined impersonation and ventriloquism into a marvelous career across France, England, and Germany.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2010

George Seremba:
Myth, Mythopoeia and Robert Serumaga's
Majangwa (A Promise of Rains)

This Friday, September 24th, scholar, artist, and current IWP Visiting Playwright George Seremba will be presenting from his paper: Myth, Mythopoeia and Robert Serumaga's Majangwa (A Promise of Rains), and engaging in conversation on contemporary East African Drama at large. The presentation will take place in the Becker Library in Lyman Hall at 3:30pm, Friday, September 24.

Seremba, who has an extensive career as a playwright and performer, is the author of "The Grave Will Decide," "Come Good Rain," and "Napoleon of the Nile," as well as of poems and radio plays; as an actor, he has appeared in feature films, on television, and on stage, including performances at the Abbey Stage. He holds a Ph.D. from Trinity College, Dublin.


SEPTEMBER 17, 2010

A Conversation with Ludmila Ryba and Michal Kobialka
about the Theatre of Tadeusz Kantor

A Conversation with Ludmila Ryba and Michal Kobialka about the Theatre of Tadeusz Kantor is an attempt to critically engage with Kantor’s treatment of actor, space, and object in his theatre.  The event will begin at 10:00am in room 305 of the Cogut Center for the Humanities. A complete schedule is listed below.

Using The Dead Class and I Shall Never Return, which will be screened, Ms. Ryba will discuss these seminal concepts and ideas for Kantor and how they were materialized on stage.  Having worked with Kantor, and having shared her insights about Kantor’s practice with students and theatre practitioners in France, Italy, and the United States in the form of workshops, Ms. Ryba offers a unique combination of a practical and theoretical understanding of Kantor’s theatre practice. 

Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990) was one of the twentieth century’s most innovative visual artists, stage directors, and theoreticians.  The breadth and diversity of his artistic endeavors align him with such diverse artists as, for example, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy), Marcel Duchamp, Vsevelod Meyerhold, Oscar Schlemmer, Antonin Artaud, Jackson Pollock, Jerzy Grotowski, Christo, Allan Kaprow, Peter Brook, or Robert Wilson.  His work with the Cricot 2 company and his theatre manifestos challenged the extant conventions of creating art in post-World War II culture and expanded the boundaries of traditional and nontraditional (Dada, Surrealist, Constructivist, Happening) theatre forms. Kantor’s most widely known productions, The Dead Class (1975), Wielopole, Wielopole (1980), Let the Artists Die (1985), I Shall Never Return (1988), and Today is my Birthday (1990) have had a profound impact on artists in Europe, North America, and Latin America who even today almost 20 years after his death continue to engage with his radical theatre.

Ludmila Ryba was a member of Kantor’s theatre company Cricot 2.  She joined the company in 1979 and stayed in it until 1992, performing in “Wielopole, Wielopole”, “The Machine of Love and Death”, “I Shall Never Return”, “Today is my Birthday”. She was also Kantor’s translator and assisted him during his workshops in Milan (1986) and in Avignon (1990).  Since 1994, she performs in France with “Compagnie du Singulier” created by Marie Vayssière, also a former Cricot 2 actress.  She has conducted numerous theatre workshops in Europe and in the United States.

Michal Kobialka has been writing about Kantor’s theatre and translating Kantor’s theoretical writings for over 20 years.  He is the author of A Journey Through Other Spaces: Essays and Manifestos, 1944-1990 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993) and Further on Nothing: Tadeusz Kantor’s Theatre (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009) as well as over 35 articles about Kantor’s theatre practice, which appeared in American and European theatre journals. 

Schedule of events:

10:00 - Prof Kobialka: Introduction to
the work of  Tadeusz Kantor
11:00 - The Dead Class
12:30 - Ludmilla Ryba, Cricot 2 - Comments:
actor, space, object

2:30 - Prof Kobialka: Introduction to
I Shall Never Return
3:00 - I Shall Never Return
4:30 - Ludmilla Ryba, Cricot 2 – Comments

5:15 - Conclusion and Q&A

SEPTEMBER 17, 2010

Come Good Rain
Written & Performed by George B. Seremba

See Come Good Rain:  An Extraordinary Story of Personal Survival, a play written and performed by Ugandan playwight-in-exile George Seremba, on Friday, September 17 at 7 pm in the George Houston Bass Performing Arts Space, Churchill House, 155 Angell Street, Providence.

The performance will be followed by a post-play folkthought discussion moderated by Theatre and Performance Studies graduate student Charles Mulekwa.

Born in Kampala, Uganda, George Seremba has had an extensive career as a playwright and performer.  Forced to leave Uganda in 1980 after surviving a botched execution attempt by Milton Obote’s “G” branch (military intelligence), he fled first to Kenya, then to Canada and Dublin, Ireland.  He is the author of three full-length plays, The Grave Will Decide, Come Good Rain, and Napoleon of the Nile, and has performed in feature films, on television, and on stage at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

Seremba is  International Writers Project Visiting Playwright at Brown.  The IWP, a joint program of the Brown University Literary Arts Program and Thomas J. Watson Institute for International Studies provides institutional, intellectual and artistic support to writers who face personal danger, oppression, and threats to their livelihood in nations throughout the world.   George Seremba will be ‘in residence’ at Brown during the month of September, 2010.



Theatre Open House & Orientation

On Wednesday, September 1 at 9:00pm, the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies will be holding an Open House and an Orientation in Leeds Theatre. All students interested in theatre and the performance arts in the TAPS department - and across campus - are invited. First-year students, especially, are encouraged to join us to hear from students, staff, and faculty about the many opportunities for performance at Brown.

The Theatre Open House features entertainment from student groups, refreshments, and all the info you can handle. Representatives from Sock & Buskin, as well as students representing many other non-departmental clubs and groups on campus, will be available to talk and answer questions. Faculty, staff, and grad students will also be on hand to chat about classes and opportunities.

Attendance at this orientation is mandatory for any students who plan to enroll in TAPS0030 Introduction to Acting and Directing this year. More information on TAPS 0030 can be found on their page in the Courses section of our site.

JULY, 2010

Late Night Solo Series

This summer, your ticket to any BTPRep show also gets you in to see any of the Late Night Solo Series performances free. All Solo Series performances are in Strasberg Studio just off the walkway between Leeds Theatre and Waterman Street.

Dragon Lady's Left the Room, Who's to Do the Can Can?
written and featuring Jing Xu
Saturday, July 10 @ 10:00 PM

Fry Yourself Up Some Bologna
written by and featuring Dennis Kozee
Saturday, July 17 @ 10:00 PM

Silly Old Bear
written by and featuring Mike Williams
Saturday, July 24 @ 11:00pm

free b*tch
written by and featuring Chris Tyler
Friday, July 30 @ 10:00pm



JULY 31, 2010

Panel Discussion:
The Creation and Development
of New Works

Brought to you by BTPRep, catch a professional panel discussion on Saturday, July 31 at 10:00am in Leeds Theatre on The Creation and Development of New Works. The panel will include:

  • Josh Fiedler, Director of Creative Development at NYC's Aged in Wood Productions
  • Angelina Fiordellisi, Artistic Director of NYC's Cherry Lane Theatre
  • Ken Prestininzi, Associate Chair of Playwriting at the Yale School of Drama


JULY, 2010

Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep Theatre

Beginning July 7th, the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep will premiere three outstanding new plays, each written by Brown University alums: Dog Park, by Paul Grellong ’01; This Is My Office, by Andy Bragen MFA ’06; and Baz and Me, a new musical by Nate Sloan ‘09, Andy Hertz ’04, and Playwrights Rep Artistic Director Lowry Marshall. 

Each new play runs in repertory for a week in Leeds Theatre, with Dog Park opening on July 7th, This Is My Office on the 14th, and Baz and Me on the 21st.  July 28th kicks off Festival Week, which features all three plays in repertory.  The season closes on July 31st with our Marathon Madness day, which provides audiences the unique opportunity to see all three professional productions in a single day – only for the stalwart!

Tickets available at, and more information on BTPRep and all of the shows, playwrights, and the rest of the company is available at


MAY, 2010

TAPS Commencement 2010

Congrats to all of our graduates!

Friday, May 28

11:30 am – Solo Performance: Deep $h*t, by Liz Morgan
Strasberg Theatre

1 pm – Solo Performance: Shut Up and Sing, by Jaime Rosenstein
Strasberg Theatre

2:30 pm – Solo Performance: What a Glorious Feelin', by Matt Bauman
Strasberg Theatre

4 pm – Solo Performance: Feet First, by Aubie Merrylees
Strasberg Theatre

5:30 pm - Solo Performance: Square One, by Sarah Kay
Strasberg Theatre 

5:30-8:30 pm - Brown Bear Buffet, one of Brown’s oldest traditions. A delicious meal and entertainment by Brown acappella groups. More information
Sharpe Refectory, Main Dining Room

7 pm - Solo Performance: Silly Old Bear, by Michael T. Williams
Strasberg Theatre

9 p.m – 1 am - Campus Dance, sponsored by the Brown Alumni Association. More information. 
The College Green

Saturday, May 29 

9:30 am – 2 pm - Commencement Forums, a series of academic colloquia by faculty, alumni, and distinguished guests. Detailed listings and locations will be available on the Commencement Web site by early May.

11 am - Solo Performance: American Daze, Afghan Nights, by Sevita Qarshi
Strasberg Theatre

12:30 pm – Solo Performance: Dragon Lady's Left the Room, Who's to Do the Can Can?, by Jing Xu
Strasberg Theatre

1:30 pm - Baccalaureate Procession Formation. Graduating seniors assemble on Waterman Street, facing east toward Thayer Street, with the line beginning at Faunce Arch, wearing cap and gown. In case of heavy rain, graduating seniors report directly to the First Baptist Church in America. 
The College Green 

1:45 pm - Baccalaureate Procession Steps Off 

2:30 pm (est.) - Baccalaureate Service The multi-faith ceremony will be video-broadcast on the College Green and in Salomon Center and Sayles Hall for viewing by family and friends.
The First Baptist Church in America

5:00 pm - Solo Performance: ...the tall grass at the edge of the village..., by Michelle Ilutsik Snyder
Strasberg Theatre

5:00 pm - TAPS Alumni Cocktail Reception
Shanghai on Thayer Street

7:00 pm - TAPS Commencement Dance Concert. Get your tickets early - this show will fill up! Tickets are available here.
Stuart Theatre

730 pm – Solo Performance: Free B*tch, by Chris Tyler
Strasberg Theatre

8:30 pm - Doors open for the Commencement Cabaret.

9:00 pm - Commencement Cabaret - Show begins.

1030 pm – Solo Performance: Blacklisted, by Beth Berger
Strasberg Theatre

12 am - Solo Performance: Fry Yourself Up Some Bologna, by Dennis Kozee
Strasberg Theatre

Sunday, May 30 

9:30 am - Commencement Procession Formation. All seniors, dressed in cap and gown, should report to the assembly area on Waterman Street, beginning at Hope College and facing toward Thayer Street.
Faunce Arch, the College Green 

9:45 am - Commencement Procession Steps Off
Faunce Arch, the College Green 

10:15 am - Graduate School Convocation Ceremony awarding of degrees.
Lincoln Field 

11:15 am - Medical School Convocation Ceremony awarding of degrees.
The First Unitarian Church

12:10 pm (est.) - College Ceremony. Live video-broadcast on the College Green, in Salomon Center, Sayles Hall and the Pizazitola Center. Life audiocast into Manning chapel and Meehan Auditorium.
The Grounds of the First Baptist Church in America

12: 45 pm - (est.) University Ceremony. Senior Orations and awarding of honorary degrees. 
The College Green 

Immediately following - TAPS Diploma Ceremony. Please meet family and friends in Stuart Theatre, the location of the TAPS ceremony, rather than on the Green. Drinks and refreshments will be served after the ceremony.
Stuart Theatre

Campus Map

More information on Solo Performances

Storm Plan: The Commencement procession will be cancelled only in the event of severe storm conditions. If the storm plan is enacted, it will be announced on the Brown University home page.

MAY, 2010

Solo Shows Opening

These seniors have been working all semester on their solo shows, and the first performances are finally going up. These are their capstone performances - not to be missed.

All shows are in Strasberg Theatre and last 50-60 minutes. Tickets are free and available at the door 30 minutes before the performance. Full schedule of dates and times below.

Monday, May 3rd

Atkiq Michelle Ilutsik-Snyder
The Tall Grass at the Edge of the Village
7:00pm and 10:00pm

Jing Xu
Dragon Lady's Left The Room, Who's To Do The Can Can?
8:30pm and 11:30pm

Tuesday, May 4th

Michael T. Williams
Silly Old Bear
7:00pm and 10:00pm

Dennis Kozee
Fry Yourself Up Some Bologna
8:30pm and 11:30pm

Wednesday, May 5th
Beth Berger
7:00pm and 10:00pm

Matt Bauman
What a Glorious Feelin'
8:30pm and 11:30pm

Friday, May 7th

Jaime Rosenstein
Shut Up and Sing!
7:00pm and 10:00pm

Chris Tyler 
8:30 and 11:30 Chris

Saturday, May 8th

Liz Morgan
Deep $h*t
2:00pm and 8:30pm

Aubie Merrylees
Feet First
3:30pm and 7:00pm

Sunday, May 9th

Sevita Qarshi
American Daze, Afghan Nights
2:00pm and 8:30pm

Sarah Kay 
Square One
3:30pm and 7:00pm

Past Events


APRIL 30, 2010

Haitian Dance Workshop

Haitian dancer Jean Appolon will discuss the devastating effects of the earthquake on his family and dance studio, lead a workshop, and participate in a Q&A.

Inside Ashamu dance studio, Friday, April 30th, from 3:00-6:00pm. Admission: $5 or $3 with a clothing donation. All proceeds will go towards rebuilding the JANBE dance studio in Port au Prince, Haiti.

Come dance for a good cause to live Haitian drumming! No experience necessary!



Sixth Annual Don Wilmeth Endowed
Lectureship in American Theatre presents:

Lynn Nottage ’86 – “Why Theater?”

LECTURE : Tuesday, April 27 7:00 PM, Salomon 001

Pulitzer-Prize willing playwright Lynn Nottage is a graduate of Brown University and of the Yale School of Drama, where she is also a visiting lecturer. Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined has also received an OBIE, the Lucille Lortel Award, New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play (Manhattan Theatre Club, Goodman Theatre). Other plays include Intimate Apparel (New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play; Roundabout Theatre, CENTERSTAGE, South Coast Repertory); Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine (OBIE Award; Playwrights Horizons, London’s Tricycle Theatre); Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Las Meninas; Mud, River, Stone; Por’knockers and POOF!

Nottage is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2007 MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant,” the National Black Theatre Festival’s August Wilson Playwriting Award, the 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award for Drama, the 2005 Guggenheim Grant for Playwriting, as well as fellowships from the Lucille Lortel Foundation, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists and New York Foundation for the Arts.

Her most recent publications include: Ruined (TCG), Intimate Apparel and Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine: Two Plays (TCG) and Crumbs from the Table of Joy and Other Plays (TCG). She is a member of The Dramatists Guild, an alumna of New Dramatists and a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, where she is a visiting lecturer.

FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010

Lecture by SUNY Professor Anita Gonzales
Afro-Mexico: Dancing Between Myth and Reality

SUNY Professor Anita Gonzalez uses dance festival photographs to illustrate how Afro-Mexican citizens perform in response to cultural mythologies. Devil Dances and Negritos Dances point to a continuing negotiation of ethnic identities between Native American, Spanish, and African constituencies. The talk demonstrates how performances embody mobile histories of ethnic encounters.

Anita Gonzalez is a director, choreographer, and writer whose work has appeared on PBS national television and at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Dance Theater Workshop, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and other national and international venues. She recently completedLe Hot Blu, an American Syncopated Musical, with composer-writer Ken Lauber (2007). Her play Ybor City has been read in New York, Florida, and Italy. Current projects include Diplomacy a new work about the art of negotiations, and Liverpool Trading, a project about performance exchanges between Liverpool UK and New York City.  She is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Theater at the State University of New York – New Paltz where she teaches directing, movement, and theater history courses.

This talk is free and open to all.  Brought to you by the Creative Arts Council, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Department of Latin American Studies, the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, and Latino History Month.  This event is in conjunction with Sock & Buskin's presentation of The Cook, by Eduardo Machado, directed by Kym Moore. 

FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2020

Talkback following The Cook

Immediately following tonight's performance of The Cook in Leeds Theatre, stay for a talkback featuring SUNY Professor Anita Gonzalez and playwright Rogelio Martinez.  They will be discussing the play and answering questions. 

Anita Gonzalez is a director, choreographer, and writer whose work has appeared on PBS national television and at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Dance Theater Workshop, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and other national and international venues. She recently completedLe Hot Blu, an American Syncopated Musical, with composer-writer Ken Lauber (2007). Her play Ybor City has been read in New York, Florida, and Italy. Current projects include Diplomacy a new work about the art of negotiations, and Liverpool Trading, a project about performance exchanges between Liverpool UK and New York City.  She is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Theater at the State University of New York – New Paltz where she teaches directing, movement, and theater history courses.

Rogelio Martinez's plays include When Tang Met Laika (Sloan Grant/ Denver Center/ Perry Mansfield), All Eyes and Ears (INTAR), Fizz (NEA/ TCG Grant/ Besch Solinger Productions at the Ohio Theatre), Learning Curve (Smith and Krauss New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2005/ Besch Solinger Productions at Theater Row), I Regret She’s Made of Sugar (Princess Grace Award), Arrivals and Departures (Summer Play Festival), and Union City... (E.S.T, winner of the James Hammerstein Award). In addition, his work has been developed and presented at the Public Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mark Taper Forum, and the Magic Theater, among others. Mr. Martinez is an alumnus of New Dramatists and his plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing. He has received commissions from the Atlantic Theater Company, the Arden Theater Company, Denver Center Theater, and South Coast Repertory. Mr. Martinez teaches playwriting at Goddard College, Montclair University, and Primary Stages. In addition, he runs the Hispanic Playwrights in Residence Lab at INTAR, and is a member of the Dorothy Strelsin Writers Group at Primary Stages. Mr. Martinez was born in Sancti-Spiritus, Cuba, and came to the U.S. in 1980 on the Mariel boatlift.

This talkback is FREE and open to all.  Brought to you by the Creative Arts Council, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Department of Latin American Studies, the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, and Latino History Month. 

FRIDAY, APRIL 9 , 2010

Talkback Following The Cook

Immediately following the Friday, April 9 performance of The Cook in Leeds Theatre, stay for a talkback featuring the cast of the show, Director Kym Moore, Dramaturg Patricia Ybarra, and Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature Esther Whitfield.  They will be discussing the play and answering questions. 

This talkback is FREE and open to all, and will begin immediately following the show.


Cabaret a la Cubana
with Carmelita Tropicana

Saturday, April 10th at 10:00pm, Carmelita Tropicana will be performing her one-woman Cabaret a la Cubana in Ashamu Dance Studio, in Lyman Hall. Admittance is free, but seating is limited. Tropicana's play uses the saga of shipwrecked Cuban boy Elian Gonzalez to discus Cuban politics from within and outside the island. 

Carmelita Tropicana is a Cuban-born writer, performance artist and actress.  She received an Obie award in 1999 for "Sustained Excellence in Performance" and was named "One of the Most Notable Women of 1998" by the Spanish-language daily, El Diario. She and director Ela Troyano won the best short at the Berlin Film Festival in 1994 for their collaboration on Carmelita Tropicana: Your Kunst is Your Waffen. Her collaboration with Marga Gomez, Single Wet Female, earned a 2002 nomination for the GLAAD Award in Outstanding Theater. Her solo With What Ass Does the Cockroach Sit hit the Off Broadway Intar Theater in 2004. In 2000, Beacon Press published the first comprehensive collection of plays and scripts I, Carmelita Tropicana -- Performing Between Cultures, a Lambda Award nominee in theatre.

Brought to you by the Creative Arts Council, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Department of Latin American Studies, the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, and Latino History Month.  This event is in conjunction with Sock & Buskin's presentation of The Cook, by Eduardo Machado, directed by Kym Moore. 

MARCH 25-29, 2010

The Duchess of Malfi

See The Duchess of Malfi, by John Webster, 
adapted and directed by Kristan Seemel, Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs in Acting and Directing class of 2011. Webster’s classic revenge tragedy set amidst dramatic Italian intrigue runs from March 25-28 in the Pell Chafee Performance Center, 87 Empire Street, Providence. Tickets are $5 (general admission), and are now on sale at the Trinity Rep box office at 201 Washington St, by phone (401) 351-4242, and online at

This production contains extreme violence.

MARCH 25, 2010

World of Dust: 
a talk by renowned performance artist Nigel Rolfe

Nigel Rolfe is recognised as a seminal figure in performance art, in its history and among current world practitioners. He has lectured at the Royal College of Art since 1982, and he is a senior visiting critic to postgraduate courses in Sculpture at VCU and other institutions throughout Europe. He has previously held visiting professorships in Sculpture at Yale University and in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art. More information about Nigel’s work can be found at the Royal College of Art or the Green on Red Gallery.

See Nigel at 6:00pm on March 25th at RISD, CIT 102, 169 Weybosset St.

Hosted by: John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, RISD Graduate Studies



MARCH 19-22, 2010

The Brownbrokers Minimusical Festival

The 3rd annual Brownbrokers Minimusical Festival is coming to PW Thursday, March 19 to Monday, March 22. This year's festival is bigger than ever - 7 musicals, 13 writers, 5 directors, and more actors than you can count. The shows are very short - and very funny. Go to for details and information on how to get tickets.

MARCH 17 - 21, 2010

Arts in the One World Conference

The Arts in the One World conference comes to Brown University for the first time in March of 2010. Head of Playwriting Erik Ehn says: "We will look at how the sense of home – the ways it is defined and enacted – is useful as a political and esthetic argument for fidelity, trust, immanence, the safe store of memory and the reconstitution of identity (as against? in dialogue with...? industry and the nation-state). These interrogations build on themes that have been emerging through previous conferences."

Please check the Arts in the One World page for more information on the conference as it becomes available. In the meantime, find AOW Brown 10 on facebook or check out previous years' notes atCalArts.


MARCH 19, 2010

The Hysterical Alphabet:
A Live Audio-Visual Performance,
produced by Theater Oobleck


Hysterical historia.  Historical hysteria.  The ABCs are seized by a convulsive fit in Terri Kapsalis' The Hysterical Alphabet, each letter introducing an episode direct from the annals of medical lore. Written by Terri Kapsalis, backed by Danny Thompson's disquieting film collages and John Corbett's vinyl manipulations, The Hysterical Alphabet tracks centuries of female malady, disproving the theory that time heals all wombs.

The Hysterical Alphabet will be performed on Friday, March 19th at 8pm in the RISD Tap Room, at 226 Benefit Street, the top floor of Memorial Hall.

Terri Kapsalis' (voice/ sound) recent fiction, "Most Beautiful Experiments," was published in Parakeet and nominated for a Pushcart.  Other writings have appeared in such publications as Short Fiction, The Baffler, Denver Quarterly, new formations, Public, and Lusitania.  She is the author ofPublic Privates:  Performing Gynecology from Both Ends of the Speculum (Duke University Press) which Kapsalis imagines is the only book ever to have been reviewed by theNew England Journal of Medicine, The Village Voice, and The Amateur Gynecologist (a medical fetishist website).  As an improvising violinist, Kapsalis has a discography that includes work with Tony Conrad, David Grubbs, and Mats Gustafsson.  She is a founding member of Theater Oobleck and has performed in 15 Oobleck productions. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

John Corbett (sound) is a writer, sound-artist, and curator.  He teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is the co-director of the art gallery Corbett vs. Dempsey.  In 2002, Corbett served as Artistic Director of JazzFest Berlin, and he co-curated the Empty Bottle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music for nine years.  He is the producer of the Unheard Music Series, an archival program dedicated to creative music issues and re-isssues, and he is the author of Extended Play: Sounding Off from John Cage to Dr. Funkenstein (Duke, 1994). Corbett can be heard on a number of CDs including I'm Sick About My Hat and has brought his sound skills to two previous Theater Oobleck productions.

 Danny Thompson (video/voice) is a founding member of Theater Oobleck, for which he has written too many plays, including "Necessity," "The Complete Lost Works of Samuel Beckett as Found in an Envelope (Partially Burned) in a Dustbin in Paris Labeled 'Never to be Performed. Never. Ever. Ever. Or I'll Sue! I'll Sue from the Grave!!!,'" and "Big Tooth High-Tech Megatron vs. the Sockpuppet of Procrastination." In addition he has appeared in twenty-five Theater Oobleck shows. "The Complete Lost Works . .." was given the "Comedy Excellence Award" at the 2000 New York Fringe Festival, "Top Ten of the Fest" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and extensively toured the United Kingdom. He currently lives in Worcester, MA, home of the monkey wrench, the rickshaw, the steam calliope, the first perfect pitched game of Major League Baseball (1880), Robert Benchley, Abbie Hoffman, Sam Fuller, and the yellow smiley face.



American Dance Legacy Institute
Winter Dance Concert

MARCH 14, 2010

The ADLI Winter Concert, on Saturday, March 14, features works by Marisa Ballaro, Laura Bennett, Danny Buraczeski, Rachel Forman, Kanji Segawa, and Anna Sokolow.

The program includes Laura Bennett's Part Two, described as "unabashedly beautiful" by Viola Farber and Buraczeski Etude, a suite of energetic and at times humorous duets. Anna Sokolow's Preludes will be performed by dancers from the Massachusetts-based SOKOLOW NOW! These joyous solos express the emotional range of two selected Rachmaninoff preludes. The first solo introduces a theme of Sokolow's distinctive dramatic intensity; it is followed by a contrasting dance filled with light, lively variations. Kanji Segawa's Short Stories, was an instant hit at its premiere in the summer of 2008. In four vignettes, Segawa explores a range of moods, relationships, and dance styles.

Returning companies to the Concert's roster are: the fierce and energetic Catalyst Dance Company; the exhilarating and commanding Dance Extension; and the innovative and luminous Dancing Legacy.

For more information, see the ADLI website at


Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 8:00PM 
Ashamu Dance Theatre 
$17.00 General; $12.00 Seniors/Brown Staff; $7.00 w/Student ID
General Information:
Ticket Sales: 401-863-2838

Additional tickets will be made available at the door the day of the show, via a cash-only sale.

MARCH 5, 2010

Professor Tricia Rose:
The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop and Why it Matters

Professor of Africana Studies and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies Tricia Rose will speak at the Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Graduate Colloquium on Friday, March 5th. Her talk, The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop and Why it Matters, will take place at 4:00pm in Lyman Hall, room 007.

Tricia Rose is Professor of Africana Studies and Chair of the Africana Studies Department. She specializes in 20th century African-American culture and politics, social history, popular culture, gender and sexuality. In addition to her scholarly interest in black cultural production, the role of new technologies and ideologies about race in U.S. life, and the politics of intimacy and social justice, a central facet of her work reflects a deep interest in examining the current legacies of racial and other forms of structural relations and exploring the creative and visionary strategies developed by artists, communities and movements to build a more just society. She is the author of Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America (1994) and Longing to Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality and Intimacy (2003).

MARCH 5 - 7, 2010

African Performance Weekend

The African Performance Weekend is three days of performances, workshops, and ceremony with dancers, musicians, storytellers, educators, and actors from around the world. For tickets or more information, visit their site or contact Michelle Bach-Coulibaly at



MARCH 4, 2010

Presentacion del libro:
Patricia Ybarra's Performing Conquest: Five Centuries of Theater, History, and Identity in Tlaxcala

Patricia Ybarra will speak at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies on March 4th, at 5:00pm, in the McKinney Conference Room at the Watson Institute. Professor Ybarra will be speaking about her book, Performing Conquest: Five Centuries of Theater, History, and Identity in Tlaxcala. A wine and cheese reception will follow the presentation. For more information, see theCLACS website.


FEBRUARY 11, 2010

Eng-Beng Lim:
“Performing G.A.P Drama, or the Gay Asian Princess Goes to the United States of America.”

Eng-Beng Lim, Michigan State University , will speak on Thursday, February 11. His lecture, titled "Performing G.A.P Drama, or the Gay Asian Princess Goes to the United States of America," will be at 4pm in Lyman Hall, room 211. The lecture is open to all students and faculty.

FEBRUARY 5-14, 2009

Writing is Live 
Playwriting Festival

Writing is Live is a festival of new work featuring eight plays in ten days, all by writers in Brown’s graduate programs. This year’s festival, made possible through support from an endowed fund for the Adele Kellenberg Seaver ’49 Professorship in Literary Arts, is divided into two parts running consecutively through mid-February.  At the heart of the festival are thesis productions by second-year writers Mallery Avidon, Mia Chung, Jackie Sibblies, and Joe Waechter. During the first weekend, four Work-in-Progress Showings by Theo Goodell, Rachel Jendrzejewski, Ian McDonald and Lizzie Vine will perform in spaces throughout the city of Providence.  Conversational, conjectural, florid and fluid, these works will be characterized by the kind of radical freedom that can only be found in in-process work.

For more information on the festival and the plays, and a complete and detailed schedule of performances, visit

FEBRUARY 9, 2010

Khai Thu Ngyuen:
"A Personal Sorrow: Melodrama and the Politics
of North and South Vietnam"

Khai Thu Ngyuen, University of California, Berkeley, will speak on Tuesday, February 9. Her lecture, titled "A Personal Sorrow: Melodrama and the Politics of North and South Vietnam," will be at 4pm in Lyman Hall, room 007. The lecture is open to all students and faculty.

FEBRUARY 6, 2010

An Evening with Stephen Sondheim and Frank Rich

New York Times columnist and former theatre critic Frank Rich moderates a conversation with legendary composter Stephen Sondheim. The event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests will have an opportunity to submit written questions for Mr. Sondheim at the event. for more information, contact or call 401-893-1362.


FEBRUARY 5, 2010

Renaissance Italian Works in Performance

This Friday, February 5th, beginning at 10:00am, see speakers and participate in the roundtable on Renaissance Italian Works in Performance. This event will take place all day at the Annmary Brown Memorial, concluding with a performance at 6:00pm. Sponsored by Italian Studies, the Elana Horwich, Italian Arts and Culture Fund, Literary Arts, Hispanic Studies, Fren Studies, Comparative Literature, Classics, Theatre Arts and Performance
Studies, English, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies Program and the Cogut Center for the Humanities. See the full speaker lineup and schedule here.

Wooster Group Visits Brown/RISD

FEBRUARY 4, 2010

Influential multimedia theater troupe The Wooster Group visits Brown/RISD as part of MEME's Visiting Artist Series, "Taking Stock: The Challenges and Opportunities of Interactive Technology in Performance and Installation."

Group members Kate Valk (performer and founding member), Scott Shepherd (performer), Andrew Schneider (video production) and Matt Schloss (audio production) will give a public presentation/ panel discussion which will include a brief overview of their work mixing experimental theater and live mixed media production, as well as a panel discussion with audience Q+A.

Sponsored by the Watson Institute for International Studies, the Creative Arts Council, the Brown Music Dept., and the Rhode Island School of Design. For more info, please visit:


FEBRUARY 4, 2010

Elizabeth Son:
"Performing Entangled Histories in
The Trojan Women: An Asian Story."

Elizabeth Son, Yale University, will speak on "Performing Entangled Histories in The Trojan Women: An Asian Story." 
According to Son: "Conceived and directed by Aida Karic, The Trojan Women: An Asian Storyintegrates the history of Japanese military sexual slavery during World War II with Euripides’s tragedy about the women of Troy. This talk explores how the performance brings together survivor testimonies with traditional Korean theatrical forms such as p'ansori operatic storytelling and shamanic-inspired ritual movements to examine the long history of wartime gender violence." She will be speaking on Thursday, Februay 4th at 4pm in Lyman Hall, room 211. The lecture is open to all students and faculty.

FEBRUARY 2, 2010

Shayoni Mitra:
"The Art of Activism in the Indian Avant Garde"

Visiting Associate Professor Shayoni Mitra will speak on Tuesday, February 2. Her lecture, titled "The Art of Activism in the Indian Avant Garde," will be at 4pm in Lyman Hall, room 007. The lecture is open to all students and faculty.

DECEMBER 4&5, 2009

Audition for Writing is Live

Come one, come all and audition for Writing Is Live!

This festival of writing from the MFA in Playwriting program (formerly known as the New Plays Festival) has been producing work for almost three decades. This year, seven brand new plays will be built from the bottom up in amazing feats of derring-do! Come be part of the action!


Friday, Dec 4th    7pm-9:30pm
Saturday, Dec 5th    1pm-3pm
In THE CAVE, Lyman Hall

To make an appointment, e-mail Vanessa Gilbert at with your preferred audition time.  If you don’t get a response, your audition time is confirmed.  Appointments are on the quarter-hour.  Please be prepared with a monologue from a contemporary play (no longer than 2 minutes).  There may also be some reading from a script. 

Seeking a variety of actors including the following:

  • Asian women who can play a variety of ages
  • actors (male)  who can play a 17 year old
  • actors  (female and male) who  are well-versed/experienced in ensemble work,  with skills that might  include: puppetry, viewpoints, working with media,  physical theatre,  etc.

IMPORTANT: The Writing Is Live festival begins rehearsals on January 12, 2010 and will be performing the weekends of February 5-7 and 11-14, 2010.  Actors who are cast are expected to be back in Providence  by 10am on January 12, 2010.

NOVEMBER 19, 2009

Show & Tell / Q&A with Maury Yeston

Maury Yeston is an American composer, lyricist, arranger, educator and musicologist.

He is best known for writing the music and lyrics to Broadway musicals, including Nine in 1982, and Titanic in 1997, both of which won Tony Awards for best musical and best score. He also won a Drama Desk Award for Nine. Yeston serves on the Board of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is also President of the Kleban Foundation, serves on the editorial boards of Musical Quarterly and the Kurt Weill Foundation Publication Project and on the advisory board of the Yale University Press Broadway Series.

Yeston's current projects include producing his musical version of the film Death Takes a Holiday and the film version of Nine, staring Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, and Sophia Loren.

NOVEMBER 12, 2009

Chhau Lecture and Workshop

Chhau is a genre of masked dance from Eastern India. Drawing on the tales of the Ramayana, this form uses spectacular costumes and masks to bring to life the epic characters. The universal good versus evil story is told through an episodic structure using live music & highly stylized bodily movement.

Pradhuman Nayak will be leading the workshop and discussion. He is a native of Jharkhand, India and has performed in the tradiional dance and music forms of the region since childhood. Nayak is currently an artist-in-residence with Akhra: the Dancing Grounds, Inc., a Boston-based organization presenting Contemporary World Music and Dance artists.

The lecture will take place from 1:00-2:20pm in Lyman 211. The workshop will take place from 6:00pm-8:00pm in Ashamu.


NOVEMBER 3, 2009

Tim Crouch performs An Oak Tree

According to playwright andperformer Tim Crouch, "An Oak Tree is a play for two actors. I am one ofthem. Each night the second actor will change: for each performance I will be joined by an actor who has neither seen nor read the play they are about to be in. The story we will tell on stage will be as new to him or her as it is to the audience."

The Obie-Award winning play will be presented November 3rd at 8:00pm in Leeds Theatre. For more information on Tim Crouch, visit his website


OCTOBER 30, 2009

Performance/Lecture by Big Dance Theater

Founded in 1991, Big Dance Theater is known for its inspired use of dance, music, text and visual design to expand and refract literary texts, weaving disparate sources and forms into seamless theatrical wholes.

Big Dance Theatre will be performing and speaking in Ashamu on Friday, October 30th at 4:00pm. For more information, visit


RPM Open Playlabs

The Department of Africana studies will be presenting the work of undergraduate RPM playwrights this October 24th through November 1st at the Rites and Reason Theatre. The shows will be:

Out of Bounds, by Isissa komada-John - Oct 24, 7:00pm

No Comment, by Kathleen Braine - Oct 25, 3:00pm

Sore, by Janine Heath - Oct 30, 7:00pm

Mask Dances, by Franny Choi - Oct 31, 7pm

Skin Deep, by Liz Morgan - Nov 1, 3pm

and, coming in March of 2010, Road Map, by Fedna Jacquet.

The Playlabs, which focus on creative process, support undergraduate RPM playwriting students in the development of plays. Each playlab will be followed by a Folkthought: a post-play discussion with the playwright, director, mentor, audience, cast and designers.

For more information, visit the Department of Africana Studies

OCTOBER 28, 2009

Professor Mitra Presents: "Safdar Hashmi: Marxist/Martyr"

Shayoni Mitra, visiting assistant professor in Brown's Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, will give a presentation on the life and work of street theater activist Safdar Hashmi. 

Her focus will be on the thorny contradictions thrown up by his highly publicized murder by assault during a performance in Delhi, and the relative anonymity of large parts of his own creative oeuvre. Gifted writer, playwright, lyricist, artist, actor, singer, director, Hashmi was committed to and informed by Left ideology in every instance of his work. Yet his death has moved far beyond the realm of electoral party politics to become a symbol for the very freedom of creative expression in contemporary South Asia.

Mitra comes to this topic as a scholar and actor, having performed with Jana Natya Manch, the group Hashmi started, from 2000-2003. In the years since she has been returning to Delhi each year to further her research and continue her collaborations with the theater community there.

Visuals and footage from Hashmi's funeral and Lalit Vachani's film "Natak Jari Hai" (The Play Goes On, 2006) will be used.

This event is part of the Brown Faculty India Presentations sponsored by the Year of India. It will take place on Wednesday, October 28 at 12:00PM, in the Anthropology Department, Room 212, Giddings House, 128 Hope Street. 


OCTOBER 22, 2009

Ana Elena Puga presents: "Poor Enrique and Poor Maria,
or the Political Economy of Suffering in Two Migrant Melogramas"

Professor Ana Elena Puga, of Northwestern University, will be speaking on October 22 at 2:30pm in Lyman Hall, room 211.

Ana Elena Puga specializes in contemporary Latin American theatre. Besides literature andcriticism, her interests include dramaturgy, translation, and performance. She has published an anthology of translations of plays by Chilean writer Juan Radrigán, Finished from the Start and Other Plays, with Northwestern University Press. Her study of five South American playwrights who tried to resist dictatorship, Allegory, Memory, and Testimony: Upstaging Dictatorship will be published by Routledge in 2008. Before earning her DFA, Puga worked as a journalist for ten years, including three years in Latin America. Together with several theatrical collaborators, Puga founded LaMicro Theater, which is dedicated to producing Latin American and US Latino plays.

OCTOBER 16, 2009

'Is this a holiday?'
On the time of theatrical work in
Godard's La chinoise and Hermanis's Sound of Silence

A lecture/discussion by
Professor Nicholas Ridout, Queen Mary University of London

Nicholas Ridout is Reader in Theatre and Performance Studies at Queen Mary University of London. He is the author of Stage Fright, Animals and Other Theatrical Problems, and of Theatre and Ethics, co-editor, with Joe Kellleher, of Contemporary Theatres in Europe, and, also with Joe Kelleher, and members of the company, co-author of The Theatre of Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio.

The graduate colloquium will be held on Friday, October 16 at 4 p.m. in Lyman Hall, room 211.  All are invited.


OCTOBER 16 -18, 2009

Family Weekend Dance Concert

This year's Family Weekend Dance Concert features Dance Extension performing "Off Like a Prom Dress," and New Works/ World Traditions performing "ROAD HOME: Riding on the Backs of Giants (part one)."

The concert will be held on Friday October 16 & Saturday October 17 at 8:00pm and on Sunday, October 18 at 2:00pm, in the newly remodelled Ashamu Dance Studo. Tickets are available Discounted floor tickets will only be available at the door the day of the show.

OCTOBER 19, 2009

Panel Discussion: Art & Genocide

On October 19th, at 7:30pm, come to the Rites and Reason Theatre for a panel discussion on Art & Genocide. Co-produced by the Department of Africana Studies and the MFA Directing and Acting Programs at Trinity Repertory Company.

OCTOBER 9 & 10, 2009

4 plays by 4 playwrights

4x4 is a festival of short new works, sponsored in part by the Creative Arts Council. Featuring the work of 2nd year MFA Playwrights, including Why I Don't Want To Go To Yoga Class With You by Mallery Avidon, Just a Game by Mia Chung, Four Squareby Jackie Sibblies, and Home is Another Plane by Joe Waechter.

The festival will take place in the Rites and Reason Theatre on October 9th and 10th at 8pm. Tickets are FREE. For more information, email

OCTOBER 3, 2009

A Panel on Asian Theatre
and Cross-Cultural Performance
to celebrate the career of Professor John Emigh

Join us on Saturday, October 3rd, to celebrate the contributions Professor John Emigh has made to the fields of Asian Theatre and Cross-Cultural Performance with a conference featuring the speakers Bill Beeman, Claire Conceison, I Made Bandem, John Rouse, Carol Sorgenfrei, Donna Wulff, Rylan Brenner, Kate Bornstein, and Daniel Alexander Jones.

The panel will be in Leeds Theatre in Lyman Hall from 2:00 - 5:00pm. For more information, contact Professor Patricia Ybarra

For a complete list of speakers and schedule of events, see theprogram here (as a pdf).

To view photos from the this panel, click here. Thanks to Julie Strandberg for taking and posting these pictures!

SEPTEMBER 18, 2009

José Enrique Macián to Present 
Still Gestus: Gestural Remains, Tableaus,
and the Haunted Theatres of Heiner Müller and Dimiter Gotscheff

This Friday, September 18th, recent Brown grad José Enrique Macián will present the Artist/Scholar's talk "Still Gestus: Gestural Remains, Tableaux, and the Haunted Theatres of Heiner Müller and Dimiter Gotscheff" in Lyman Hall, the Cave, at 2:00pm.

As a writer, Heiner Müller developed a visual dramaturgy to unbalance the written word. Layering quotations and allusions in a process of digging up the past, he understood the power of art as producing a desire for a future different from the present. Müller sustained this bombardment of references in his work as a director, developing a use of Brechtian gestus and  creating a stage picture based on images from art history and visual culture to confront the performance text. Müller’s work in the theatre has continued into the 21st Century through the work of a newer generation of directors. The Bulgarian-born Dimiter Gotscheff, popularly seen as Müller’s artistic heir, draws upon this image-driven theatre with performances rooted in the bodies of his actors. Just as Müller’s stage was haunted by history, Gotscheff’s stage is haunted by Müller. The developing “Müllerian” dramaturgy centers performance in a process of re-presenting, returning, and digging up. It begins to question the notion of “liveness” as integral to an understanding of performance, where the present is haunted by ghosts from the past and the future.

Since graduating from Brown in 2008 with degrees in Theatre Arts and Literary Arts, José Enrique Macián has been living and working in Berlin, Germany. As a Fulbright Scholar, José is researching Müller’s influence on contemporary directors at the Volksbühne and is currently completing several articles on this topic. At the Deutsches Theater he has worked with Dimiter Gotscheff on Dejan Dukovski’s The Powder Keg. At the Berliner Ensemble, José worked as an assistant to Robert Wilson during the rehearsals of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Most recently, in collaboration with the International Heiner Müller Society and the Napoli Teatro Festival Italia, he worked with director Matthias Langhoff on a workshop performance based on Müller’s The Wage Shark. This year, José will continue his work with Gotscheff for a production of Müller’s adaptation of Macbeth. He has also been invited to work as the dramaturg for a production of Müller’s Horatian in Istanbul, as well as direct in Berlin during the coming season.


SEPTEMBER 16, 2009

John Emigh to Speak for Year of India Lecture Series

Brown has declared this the year of India and Professor John Emigh is am kicking off a lecture series this Wednesday. The talk, Uses of Adversity: The Prahlada Nataka of Orissa, will concern a form of ritual theatre in Orissa, India. 

At last count, over fifty troupes in the Ganjam Province of Orissa, India perform the Prahlada Nataka – The Play of Prahlada. Their enactments span the night, can last over 20 hours, are usually performed simultaneously by two competing troupes, and frequently end with the actor-priest playing Vishnu’s Man-Lion avatar, Narasimha, going into a violent trance. This is the story of how this genre moved from Court to Town to Village during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, critiquing British rule, crisscrossing caste lines, and gaining new relevance to Orissan village life. 

There will be extensive use of  video and still images. The talk will take place on September 16th, at 12:00pm in the Anthropology Dept (Giddings House – 128 Hope St.), Brown University Room 212.


JULY 8 - AUGUST 1, 2009

Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep Theatre

Summer theatre begins on July 8th with the opening of Dogs of the Blue Gods, by Ian Fraser. Life Science, by Anna Ziegler opens on July 15, and Chicken Grease Is Nasty Business! by Michael Miller opens on July 29th.

For tickets and more information of all three shows, visit the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep website at


MAY 24, 2009

2009 Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Commencement

Congratulations to the Theatre Arts and Performance Studies graduates of 2009. Full Commencement schedule here.

MAY 23, 2009

Commencement Dance

Don't miss the 2009 Commencement Dance at StuartTheatre on Saturday, May 23, at 7:00pm in Stuart Theatre.

Tickets are available online at or one hour before the show.


MAY 22-23, 2009

SoloFest 2009

Each year, ten seniors are selected to take Solo Performance, a class in which each student writes and performs their own solo show. Their shows are then produced in late April/early May as part of the Solo Festival. The Festival has an encore run during the Commencement weekend. All shows are open to the general public, and run just under 1 hour.

All shows are in the Strasberg Studio off the Leeds Courtyard.

Tickets are FREE and are available at the door 30 minutes before each performance.


For the full schedule lineup and more information about each scene,

MAY 4&5, 2009

Audition for Tartuffe

Audition for Sock & Buskin's first slot show for the fall, Tartuffe, by Molière, directed by Beth Milles.

Tartuffe is Molière's hilariously controversial satire of religious hypocrisy. When a cultish impostor named Tartuffe wins the following of the wealthy Orgon, Tartuffe quickly gains control of Orgon's wife, family, and bank account. As things spiral out of control, the family attempts to expose Tartuffe's fraud and convince Orgon of the deceit. Come audition for this classic example of French farce!

Please prepare any monologue from Molière. Some monologues will be provided at the auditions and in the Becker Library (third floor of Lyman Hall). For any questions, e-mail

Auditions will be held Monday, May 4th from 1:00-3:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm, and Tuesday, 6:00-9:00pm in Stuart Theatre. Callbacks will be on Wednesday afternoon, time to be announced.


MAY 9 & 10, 2009

Brownbrokers Presents:
Adding Up & Leavittsburg, OH

Come see live readings of two student-written musicals this weekend.

On Saturday, May 9th, see Adding Up, with book and lyrics by Sarah Kay '10 and music by Drew Nobile '07. On Sunday, May 10th, see Leaveittsburg, OH, book, lyrics, and music by Nate Sloane '09.

Both readings will be at 2:00pm in Leeds Theatre. Tickets available at 1:00pm in the Leeds breezeway. These readings will only be presented ONCE!

Email with any questions.


MAY 1, 2009


"Playing Change:
Embodied Learning in the Sciences and the Arts"
a Thesis Presentation by Daniel Sobol


Come and see this excellent work by one of our first graduates in Performance Studies. This presentation will be on Friday, May 1st, from 3:00-4:00pm in Lyman Hall, room 219.

APRIL 25, 2009


Balinese Theatre, Dance & Music


See a day of performances of Balinese Theatre, Dance & Music, featuring Gamelan Gita Sari of Holy Cross College, under the direction of I Made Bandem.

Red Riding Shawl, a Topeng Pajegan (one-person masked theatre and dance performance) with John Emigh, will show at 3:00pm, accompanied by an all-star musical ensamble under the direction of I Made Bandem.

Stay for the Concert of Balinese Performing Arts beginning at 8:00pm, with music and dance by Holy Cross students, Brown students, and guest artists including I Made Sidia, Dewa Alit, I Nyaman Saptanyana, Ida Ayu Ari Candrawati, Putu Bagus Krisna Saptanyana, Kadek Bayu Saptanyana, Cynthia Laksawana, John Emigh, and Lynn Kremer.

Both events will take place on Saturday, April 25 in Leeds Theatre in Lyman Hall.

This event is sponsored by the Brown University Creative Arts Council, The Brown South Asia Faculty Group, and the Departments of Theatre and Music of Holy Cross College.

APRIL 15-18, 2009

New Plays Festival

The Brown University Literary Arts Program and the Brown/Trinity Repertory Consortium are pleased to announce the second installment of the 27th annual NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL. A celebration of the diversity and strength of new theatrical voices, the NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL has been instrumental in bringing the work of America’s finest emerging playwrights to life for nearly three decades.

This second installment of the festival features world-premiere plays by MFA-candidate playwrights Mallery Avidon and Joe Waechter, directed by MFA-candidate directors Mia Rovegno and Jesse Geiger, respectively. The plays run in repertory at the McCormack Family Theater (70 Brown Street, Providence, RI 02912) from Wednesday to Sunday. This year’s festival also features an assortment of special events, including a a panel discussion of Avidon and Waechter’s work with Brown faculty and special guests, a reading of in-progress work by fellow MFA-candidate writers Mia Chung and Jackie Sibblies (whose work was featured in the first installment of the festival in February), and the late night “Smoke and Mirrors Cabaret” of new music, fiction, poetry, photography, and playwriting. All additional events, with the exception of the late night Cabaret, will also take place in the McCormack Family Theatre.

Tickets are FREE and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve your tickets here.


APRIL 15, 2009

Four-Second Decay to perform “Audible Montage, or, Eurydice’s Footfall”

Performance group Four-Second Decay will perform “Audible Montage, or, Eurydice’s Footfall," a performance for stills, voice and motion.

What does thinking out loud sound like? Or more pointedly, how does the juxtaposition of images, visual and aural, create a thinking sound through motion, create a motion that makes for thinking with the still image in relation one to another? Taking a leaf from Philippe-Alain Michaud’s bookAby Warburg and the Image in Motion (Zone 2007) with the Introduction by Georges Didi-Huberman, the performance explores the aural/visual world of the ‘montage-collisions’ and spectatorship (Warburg has an intriguing unpublished piece on the spectator and motion that Michaud examines).  While photographer Matthew Fink creates out of stills his version of a ‘Mnemosyne,’ that form of juxtaposition of images Warburg invented, P. A. Skantze composes  a live montage-collision in sound about sound and thinking out loud, juxtaposing medium and method, eliding and augmenting the notional fissures between the two.

Four-Second Decay, founded by Matthew Fink and P. A. Skantze, is a performance group made of two that can expand to four, six, eight and on depending on the project and the collaborators. They have performed in Copenhagen, Glasgow and London.

Matthew Fink is a photographer, writer and artist. His graphic novel After the Smash: the Humpty Notebooks is in development for a chamber opera project with Four-Second Decay. Works include: "The Author's Diffident Son: an Elegyto an Age of Sustained Economic Growth" and "An New Illustrated History of Received Ideas" a contemporaryhomage to Flaubert. "N.Orleans," a video project with photographs and text by Fink and video by Julio Velasco, was an official selection for the Cologne Off IV festival.

P. A. Skantze, Reader in the Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies Department at Roehampton University, directs, writes for and teaches theatre and performance in London and in Rome. Her book Stillness in Motion in the Seventeenth-Century Theatre was published by Routledge in 2003. She has written plays and performance texts as well as essays on dance, Shakespeare, sound, gift exchange and contemporary performance in Europe.

The performance will take place in the Hillel Center at 80 Brown Street on April 15th, 2009, and will be followed by a discussion about the work and the process of working.

APRIL 10, 2009

Ronni Stewart to Lead Movement Workshop

On Friday, April 10th, Ronni Stewart will teach a master class inSensory Actualization. Sensory Actualization trains the actor to be embodied and transformational by actualizing reality through profound sensory awareness.

Ronni Stewartis the Co-Chair of the Acting department at TheConservatory of Theatre Arts and at SUNY Purchase College. She has taught her distinctive approach to acting nationally and throughout Europe. Her training and experience as a dancer includes training in classical ballet with the New York City Ballet; Modern dance with Martha Grahamn; Acting with Sanford Miesner, and Occupational Therapy at New York University.

Ronni Stewart's Sensory Actualization workshop will be held on April 10th at 3:00pm in Leeds Theatre. Workshops are free and open to the public.

This workshop is available through the generous support of the Creative Arts Council.

APRIL 10, 2009

Professor Alice Rayner to speak at Graduate Colloquium

Alice Rayner teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in dramatic literature and theory. Her research interests include the phenomenology of theater as well as comedy, genre theory, rhetoric, psychoanalysis, and hermeneutics in the analysis of texts and performance. Published books include Comic Persuasion (University of California Press), To Act, To Do, To Perform: Drama and the Phenomenology of Action (University of Michigan Press) and Ghosts: Death’s Double and the Phenomenon of Theatre (University of Minnesota Press, 2006).

Her essays on technology and culture have been included inDiscourse as well as in Michal Kobialka’s book, Of Borders and Thresholds and Una Chaudhuri and Elinor Fuchs’ Landscape and Theatre. She has written on Harold Pinter for Theatre Journal as well as the collection Harold Pinter at 60 (ed. Katherine Burkman, Indiana).Three essays on Suzan-Lori Parks, co-authored with Harry Elam, have appeared in Theatre Journal as well as in Performing America (ed. Jeffrey Mason and J. Ellen Gainor) and Staging Resistence (ed. Jeanne Colleran and Jenny Spencer). Also published in Theatre Journal is “Rude Mechanicals and The Specters of Marx,” a theory of practical labor in theater. Other essays include a study of metaphor and performance in Études Théâtrales/Essays in Theatre; on Stanislavksy and A.C. Bradley in Theatre Quarterly, “The Audience...and the Ethics of Listening,” an examination of the responsibilities of an audience; “Grammatic Action and the Art of Tautology,” a theory of action derived from Hamlet (both in The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism); and “All Her Children: Caryl Churchill’s Furious Ghosts,” a study of the unborn in Churchill’s plays (in Sheila Rabillard’s Essays on Churchill). Her article on stage objects in relation to Heidegger’s essay, "The Thing," appears in the collection, Staging Philosophy, (ed. David Krasner and David Saltz, Michigan, 2006). She is on the editorial boards of The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism and Theatre Journal. From 1996-99 she was Director of Stanford’s Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and Chair of Drama from 2002-2005.

Professor Rayner will be speaking at the Graduate Colloquium on April 10, 4:00 - 6:00pm. Title is TBA.

APRIL 2-12, 2009

The Other Shore:
Art and Politics in China

In conjunction with The Other Shore, by Gao Xingjian and directed by Kym Moore, the Creative Arts Council presents a series of lectures, readings, and discussions on politics and art in China.

Sponsored by the Brown University Creative Arts Counsil, the Office of the Provost, the Office of International Affairs, and the Departments of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Literary Arts, and Visual Art.

MARCH 16, 2009

Cusi Cram to Give Reading

Cusi Cram will be coming tocampus on March 16 to give a reading, followed by a Q&A.

Cusi Cram's plays include LandlockedThe End of It All, Lucy and the Conquest, Twenty Shadows, and Fuente, in addition to numerous short plays and adaptations. Her work has been performed at South Coast Rep, The O'Neill Playwrights Conference, MCC, the Cherry Lane Alternative, the Williamstown Theater Festival, The New Group, Naked Angels, Joe's Pub, The Women's Project, HERE, New Georges, the Lark Theater, PS 122, and The Dag Hammarskjold Theater at the United Nations. She is a recipient of a fellowship from the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at Juilliard; the Le Comte du Nouy Prize; a fellowship from The Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France; the 2004 Herrick New Play Prize; and two Daytime Emmy Nominationsfor herwork on the children's animated program Arthur. She has been commissioned by South Coast Repertory, New Georges, and Theatreworks USA. Her work is published by Applause, Smith & Kraus, Broadway Play Publishing, and Playscripts, Inc.

The reading will be on Monday, March 16 at 5:30pm in Lyman Hall, room 219.

MARCH 13 - 15, 2009

Guest Artist Mohammad Ghaffari:

Screening and Workshop

Mohammad Ghaffari was born in Neishaboor Iran. He received his theater training at the School for Dramatic Arts In Tehran and was active as a professional actor on the Iranian National Stage. In 1971 he joined Peter Brook and his international research center as an actor to perform the first play of the center at Festival of Arts in Shiraz. From 1974-1978 he was associated with the Festival of Arts in Shiraz, Iran, where he conducted research on, and produced for public performance, a wide range of traditional theater forms;these included the epic drama of Ta'ziyeh and the comic improvisatory Ru-hozi. He continued his education in the United States at Michigan State University following the Iranian Revolution. In 1980-1982 he was Guest Director and Lecturer of Theatre and Anthropology Department at Brown University. He latermoved to New York where he continued to work as a professional actor at Ellen Stewart's La Mama ETC where he also directed plays and performed at Festivals in Europe. He was assistant to Jerzy Grotowski at Columbia University in 1983 where he taught acting from 1982-1992. In 1987-1988 he taught acting at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut where he directed "Moses and the Wandering Darvish" based on Ta'ziyeh. He directed the first international performance of traditional Ta'ziyeh at the Festival d'Avignone in 1992 and later at the Festival d'Automne in 2000. In 2002 he directed three Ta'ziyeh plays for the Lincoln Center Festival. As a performer, he appeared in the films "Little Odessa", "The Devil's Advocate" and "Somewhere in the City" and most recently, in collaborative productions with artist-director Shirin Neshat and as actor in the feature film, K, by filmmaker Shoja Azari.

On Friday, March 13th, there will be a screening of Rabeah Ghaffari's The Troupe, a documentary about Ta'ziyeh performances in New York. The screening will be in Lyman Hall, room 219, at 6pm.

Mohammad Ghaffari will be leading two Ta’ziyeh workshops on Saturday, March 14, 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, March 15, 10am to 2pm. Space is limited to 12 participants at each workshop. Students will work on Shakespeare scenes using Ta’ziyeh techniques. Scene material will be distributed before the workshop. Please contact Professor Patricia Ybarra if you would like to attend. All are welcome.

There will be a public viewing of the Ta’ziyeh workshop from 11am to 2pm on Sunday, March 15, in Leeds Theatre.

MARCH 13 -14, 2009

Theatricality Conference

This interdisciplinary symposium brings together Brown faculty from several departments with five invited scholars from the Free University of Berlin to examine “theatricality” and its relationship to goals and methods of performance studies and the humanities.

In everyday parlance the term “theatricality” often implies a suspicious lack of authenticity or truth—an excess of expressive means that must be controlled or monitored. How and with what consequences did theatricality acquire this pejorative meaning in the western world? How does theatricality inhabit cultural practices beyond the theater proper, and how can we explain its pervasive influence in communicative contexts of all kinds?

This symposium explores the appearance of theatricality in diverse cultural performances including opera, political spectacle, popular music, video games, dance and avant-garde theater. We will question how it reproduces or subverts power relations, what role it plays in individual and collective identity formation, how it is reinscribed in newer forms of media, and how it can be manipulated for social and political effects.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please see the Symposium website.

On Friday, March 13th, 10:00 - 11:00am, Brown Theatre, Speech, & Dance Professor Patricia Ybarra and Chair Rebecca Schneider will be speaking on a panel for "Theatricality and the Public Sphere." For more information on this event and the complete lineup, click here.

MARCH 13, 2009

Ronni Stewart to Lead Movement Workshop

On March 13th, Ronni Stewart will teach a master class in Sensory Actualization. Sensory Actualization trains the actor to be embodied and transformational by actualizing reality through profound sensory awareness.

Ronni Stewartis the Co-Chair of the Acting department at TheConservatory of Theatre Arts andat SUNY Purchase College. She has taught her distinctive approach to acting nationally and throughout Europe. Her training and experience as a dancer includes training in classical ballet with the New York City Ballet; Modern dance with Martha Grahamn; Acting with Sanford Miesner, and Occupational Therapy at New York University.

Ronni Stewart's Sensory Actualization workshop will be held on March 13 at 3:00pm in Leeds Theatre. Workshops are free and open to the public.

This workshop is available through the generous support of the Creative Arts Council.

MARCH 6, 2009

Shanti Pillai to Lead Bhratanatyam Workshop

On March 6th, Shanti Pillai will teach a master class in the basic principles of Bhratanatyam, a traditional form of south Asian dance theatre, and will disucss how these preciples can be applied to other styles of performance.


Shanti Pillai received her training in Bharatanatyam from Nandini Ramani and Priyamvada Sankar, senior disciples of the late great T. Balasaraswati. She continues to perform as a classical dancer, but also as a performance artist, creating multimedia installations and theatrical works which combine a variety of movement and acting styles. She holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University and is currently a Guest Professor in Global Studies at Sarah Lawrence College. For the last three years she has served as the Resident Director of the Sarah Lawrence College Semester in Cuba Program.

Shanti Pillai's Bhratanatyam workshop will be held March 6th at 3:00pm in Leeds Theatre. This workshop is available through the generous support of the Creative Arts Council.

FEBRUARY 28 & MARCH 1, 2009

Dance Theatre Workshop with Alexandra Beller

What is Dance Theater? The boundary between these two genres isconfusing and ambiguous, and yet, full of potential and meaning. In this 2-day workshop, we will explore some of the elements that separate Dance Theaterfrom the singular genres of Dance and Theater. How can we use movement to create meaning and how can we use text to create ambiguity? How do objects become symbols that matter? How does character transform the body? Through compositions made in class, we will engage in the possibilities of both forms and investigate the space between them.

Alexandra Beller, who danced with Bill T. Jones from 1995-2001 will be giving a two-day long dance theatre workshop February 28, 3:00 - 7:00pm and March 1, 11:00am - 3:00pm in the Ashamu Dance Studio. Please note that she intends to build over the course of the weekend so it is important that if you plan to attend you that you go to both days.

This is the second in a series of workshops presented by Body & Sole with the support of the Creative Arts Council.

FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 1, 2009

Rites and Reason Show

Rites and Reason is pleased to present Gever/Shabab: Shadows of Israel-Palestine, written by Noam Dorr and directed by Elmo Terry-Morgan, Thursday February 19th, 2009 through Sunday, March 1st, 2009, at the Rites and Reason Theatre. There is a suggested donation of $10 collected at the door. Reservations may be made by emailinggeverandshabab@ All are invited.

Noam Dorr ‘09, author of Gever/Shabab, paints an intimate portrait of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by telling a story of captivity and freedom, as well as choices and inevitabilities, through the voices of a young Israeli and a young Palestinian. Developed through Rites and Reason Theatre’s Research To Performance Method (RPM), a process by which student writers create new work informed by ongoing scholarly research, Gever/Shabab looks at what happens when you can’t help but become close to your enemy despite the overwhelming forces that keep you apart.


Performance by David Greenspan

David Greenspan will be performing two works: The Arguementand Plays at the McCormack Family Theatre on Wednesday, February 25th at 6pm, followed by a Q&A session.

The Argument is based on the essays of Gerald F. Else regarding the attack on poetry made by Plato in the Republic, reasons for Plato's disapproval of tragedy and the coherent rebuttal offered by Aristotle in the Poetics. The play incorporates this material into a portion of the Poetics.  It is a 40-minute monologue in the form of a lecture delivered by Aristotle.

Plays is Gertrude Stein's highly original lecture on the theatre. It is a coherent account of her development as a playwright and her exploration of theatre "from the standpoint of sight and sound and it's relation to emotion and time rather than in relation to story and action."  The lecture is an exceptional melding of whimsy and irreverence with precise, insightful and deeply felt analysis.  It features discussion of her plays, reminiscences of the theatre-going she did as a child in Oakland and San Francisco, and the impact of American melodrama and French theatre on her playwriting.

This performance is presented by the Brown Literary Arts Program and is co-sponsored by the Creative Arts Council; Theatre, Speech and Dance; and the Brown/Trinity Consortium.



FEBRUARY 11 - 15, 2009

New Plays Festival

Tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to reserve yours now.

For the complete lineup and more information, see the New Plays Festival blog.






FEBRUARY 6, 2009

Professor Michal Kobialka:
"Representational Practices and Real Abstractions in Eighteenth-Century London: A Prolegomenon to Historiography of the Enlightenment"

Rather than focusing on the long or wide eighteenth century to explore the operations of the Industrial Revolution and of the Enlightenment, this research project draws attention tofragments—the events and the representational practices—which register the process of their detachment from the operations of the emergent mercantile culture and their becoming subordinated to an act of public/academic thought.  This act of abstracting, when given a concrete shape, has remained visible as an architectural style, a playtext, or a pamphlet which was archived in a place designed for it.

To be more precise, this project points to the process of abstracting cultural and societal norms delimited by the representational practices and operations of the emergent capitalism of the Industrial Revolution, and subject to its constraints of what can be enunciated about the self’s contingent existence in print, in public, or on stage and, inevitably, in the archive.  While focusing on problem of “abstraction” and, for this matter, of “trade” as well as the national embodiment of these notions on England, this project re-opens a philosophical discussion on the Enlightenment.

Professor Kobialka will be speaking as a part of the Theatre, Speech, and Dance Graduate Colloquium Series in Lyman Hall, room 219, on Friday, February 6th at 4:00pm.


JANUARY 27-28, 2008

Barbara Campbell:
"Making Marks, Marking Time: Working Across Media"

Sydney-based Performance Artist and Writer Barbara Campbell will be coming to Brown January 27-28, 2009.

Campbell will offer a workshop for visual artists and writers (together) on Tuesday, January 27th from 4-7 in the List Art Center, room 325 (there will be food). Space is limited -- participants will need to register. Contact Jessica Lilien with inquiries.

Campbell will also present an Artist's Talk at 5pm on Wednesday the 28th, "Making Marks, Marking Time: Working Across Media" in List, room 325.

Barbara Campbell has been making performances since 1982. In developing and presenting her works, Barbara plies the specific physical and contextual properties of a given site, be it art gallery, museum, atrium, tower, radio airwaves or the world wide web.

Barbara graduated with a Master of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts in 1998 and she has taught courses there in experimental drawing and video performance. She has been artist-in-residence at many institutions in Australia including ABC Radio as well as studios in New York, LA and Paris.

The Department of Performance Studies at Sydney University produced a survey exhibition of her performances with an accompanying catalogue, Flesh Winnow (Power Publications: 2002) and she is now an Associate Artist with the Department. She was awarded the NSW Women and Arts Fellowship in 1994 and in 2004 she received an Australia Council Fellowship to develop and produce her online durational performance work, 1001 nights cast, that began in Paris on June 21, 2005 and finished in Sydney on March 17, 2008.

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This visit is sponsored by the Creative Art Council, the Department of Theatre, Speech, and Dance, the Visual Art Department, and the Literary Arts Department.