theatre maker / teacher / scholar
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I'm a playwright and collaborative theatre maker who recently completed a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick. I am driven by my interest in the complexities of artistic process. I started writing plays during my training in physical and collaborative theatre at the Lecoq school in Paris, and the challenge of bringing my creative process into collaboration with others' has been the productive motor of my theatrical career so far. Many things can make collaborative working processes go wrong: group dynamics, issues of ownership, conflicting visions, the practicalities of getting the work done, the division of labor, tensions between writing and improvisation, between writing it down and keeping it in the body. . . I think the rewards can also be great. When a performance leaves room for clear artistic voices within a dynamic socially engaged authorial structure, more complex aesthetic dynamics can arise than us lone writers are usually capable of producing. And socially engaged performance processes can, in the right circumstances, play exciting and valuable social roles.
These are issues that are of urgent interest currently, beyond my own creative practice. My PhD dissertation explores how social forms of authorship are cropping up all over performance: in the theatre, but also in large scale performative social demonstrations, like the AIDS Quilt or PARK(ing) Day, and analyzes how a shift to these forms of authorship opens new possibilities—and creates new limits—for the social value of performance. I use my own practice to test these conclusions within a primarily aesthetic theatrical context.
Teaching is an important part of my creative and academic pursuit of creative process. From building lesson plans, deciding how to formulate ideas creatively and clearly, working to create an environment that pushes students to articulate their own critical and creative visions, to become themselves more fully, to watching students work and progress over time, teaching theatre teaches me about creative process on an immediate practical level. My students' creative and academic work constantly informs my understanding of how we, as artists, scholars, and humans, create.
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