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Conferences

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES (REFEREED)

“Festive Performance: Staging Identity, Politics, and Utopia in the Americas,” Co-convening working group with Paolo Vignolo (Universidad Nacional de Colombia) and Angela Marino Segura (University of Berkeley, California). The group includes 14 international scholars. Hemispheric Institute Encuentro. São Paulo, Brazil. January 2013.

“Rehearsing Utopia:  Staging Identity, Politics, and Political Performance at the Burning Man Festival,” paper accepted into seminar group Festivals and Carnivals, American Society For Theatre Research (ASTR), Puerto Rico. Attended virtually due to maternity leave. November 2009.

“The Ultimate Effigy: Staging a Counter-Empire Performance at the Burning Man Festival,” in the Festive Devils working group, Hemispheric Institute Encuentro convened by Milla Riggio (Trinity College) and Angela Marino Segura (University of California at Berkeley). Bogotá, Colombia. August 2009.

“Reinventing Ritual, Carnival, and Political Performance in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada,” for the Body as Ritual Space working group, Hemispheric Institute Encuentro convened by Paolo Vignolo (Universidad Nacional de Colombia) and Zeca Ligiéro (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro). Buenos Aires, Argentina. June 2007.

“Pedagogies of Practice: A Post-Modern Approach to the Transmission of Performance Knowledge,” How to Act: Conference on Theatre Pedagogy. Central School of Speech and Drama, London. February 2007. In addition to the paper presentation, I conducted two workshops on Rasaboxes and on Lecoq physical theatre pedagogy.

“Rasaboxes: Training the Athlete of the Emotions,” workshop and lecture/demo with Paula Murray Cole (Ithaca College), Performance Studies International #10. Singapore. June 2004.

NATIONAL CONFERENCES (REFEREED)

“Alternatives to Table Talk: Practical Exercises for the Early Stages of Rehearsal,” moderated by Lionel Walsh (University of Winsor). Multi-disciplinary Panel. Association for Theatre in Higher Education, D.C. July 2012.

“The Rasic Clown: Shakespeare’s Clown in the Rasaboxes,” workshop for the Association for Theatre Movement Educators (ATME) with Sara Romersberger (Southern Methodist University). Workshop chair. Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Chicago, Illinois. August 2011.

“Interdisciplinarity in Theatre Movement Education: From Liberal Arts Colleges to Research Universities.” Round-table chair and moderator. Coordinated plenary round-table for the Association for Theatre Movement Educators (ATME) with Sara Romersberger (Southern Methodist University), Yoav Kaddar (West Virginia University), Holly Cate (Muhlenberg College), Kate Kohler Amory (Salem State University), Heather Harpham (Action Theatre Master Teacher), Ezra LeBank (California State University, Long Beach), and Jeff Casazza (Indiana University/Purdue University Fort Wayne). Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Chicago, Illinois. August 2011.

“Mourning En Masse: Tucson’s All Souls Day Procession,” for the Popular Fiesta and Carnival of the Americas: Movement, Politics, and the Body en Masse Work Group. Co-convener with Angela Marino Segura (University of California at Berkeley) and Milla Riggio (Trinity College). American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR): Embodying Power/Work Over Time. Seattle, Washington. November 2010.

“Will We Just Survive or Will We Thrive? The Challenge of Implementing Entrepreneurship in Theatre,” round-table with Carolyn Roark (Editor of Ecumenica), Linda Essig (ASU), and Suzanne Burgoyne (University of Michigan). Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Los Angeles, California. August 2010.

“Darkness Behind the Light: Media Design for Deborah Stein’s Bone Portraits,” paper presentation and chaired panel Innovative Modes of Directing in the Digital Age for directing focus group. Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Los Angeles, California. August 2010.

“Devising The Ophelia Project: A Poetic Portrait,” paper presentation for Devising Ensemble Work in the Digital Age for directing focus group. Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Los Angeles, California. August 2010.

“Rasaboxes and the Tragic Chorus,” workshop for Movement for the Tragic Chorus I for the Association for Theatre Movement Educators (ATME) with Leslie Bennett (University of Kansas) and Heather Harpham (Senior Action Theatre Master Teacher). Workshop chair. Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Los Angeles, California. August 2010.

Chair for Movement for the Tragic Chorus II for the Association for Theatre Movement Educators (ATME) with Sarah Jane Burton (University of Toronto) and Jeff Casazza (Indiana University/Purdue University Fort Wayne). Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Los Angeles, California. August 2010.

“On the Edge: Media Design in Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal and Naomi Iizuka’s Anon(ymous),” paper presentation and chaired panel titled Avatars and Actors: Innovative Modes of Directing in the Digital Age for directing focus group with Jean Giebel (Hofstra University) and Rebecca Holderness  (University of Wisconsin). Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). New York City, New York. August 2009.

Chaired workshop/lecture/demo titled Rasaboxes: Training the Athlete of the Emotions with Richard Schechner (New York University), Paula Murray Cole (Ithaca College) and Michele Minnick (University of Baltimore), Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). New York City, New York. August 2009.

“Rasaboxes and Heightened Text,” in the Heightened Text and Movement workshop, for the Association of Theatre Movement Educators focus group. Workshop chair. Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). New York City, New York. August 2009.

“Rasaboxes and Directing: Machinal and Mapping an Emotional Score,” for Bridging the Theory/Practice Divide in the Study of the Body Performance Studies focus group round-table with Gwendolyn Acker (New York University) and Wendell Beavers (Head of the MFA in Performance at Naropa). Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). New York City, New York. August 2009.

“Actor As Athlete: Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal” for the Association for Theatre Movement Educators (ATME) “Dreaming and Imagining” Pre-conference, Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Denver, Colorado. July 2008.

“Rehearsing Utopia: Staging a Counter-Empire Performance at Burning Man” in Escaping America seminar convened by Silvija Jestrovic (University of Warwick) and Erith Jaffe-Berg (University of California, Riverside), American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR). Phoenix, Arizona. November 2007.

“Pedagogies of Practice: A Post-modern Approach to the Transmission of Performance Knowledge,” Performance Studies International #13. New York University, New York City, New York. November 2007.

“Rehearsing Utopia in Black Rock City: From the Everyday to Spectacle,” for the Urban Culture Fantastical Cities panel, Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Conference convened by Blagovesta Momchedjikova (New York University).[vi] Philadelphia, PA. November 2007.

“Temple of Tears: Revitalizing and Inventing Ritual in the Burning Man Community in Black Rock Desert, Nevada,” for Religion and Theatre focus group debut panel. Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). New Orleans. July 2007.

“Temple of Tears: Revitalizing and Inventing Ritual in the Burning Man Community in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada (work-in-progress),” 10TH Annual Conference on Holidays, Ritual, Festival, Celebration, and Public Display convened by Jack Santino (Bowling Green University).[vii] Willamette University, Salem, Oregon. June 2006.

“The Poetic Body: Poetry in Motion,” conducted workshop at Performance Studies International #11. Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. April 2005.

“Yokastas Redux,” performance directed by Richard Schechner at Kimmel Center, Hemispheric Institute Encuentro. New York University, New York City, New York. July 2003.

LOCAL INVITED CONFERENCES, SEMINARS, AND PRESENTATIONS

“Dancing with Fire: Performance and Ritual at Burning Man,” invited to present at Spirit of the Senses. Phoenix, Arizona. December 2008.

Panel moderator for P.A.V.E. Inaugural Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts, Arts Entrepreneurship Education panel with Gary Beckman, Mark Sheridan-Rabideau, Lynn Book, and Francesca Talenti. Arizona State University, November 2008.

“From Meyerhold to Machinal: Russian Constructivism and the Directing Process,” for Engaging Difficult Dialogues: Women, the Death Penalty, and Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal symposium. Lyceum Theatre, Arizona State University. October 2007. With Jerry Dickey (Sophie Treadwell scholar from the University of Arizona), Georganne Scheiner Gillis, and Lisa Anderson.

“Redefining Performance in the 21st Century (Part 2),” Humanities Council Round-Table.  Round-table coordinator with RoseLee Goldberg (Fall 2005 - Spring 2006) with invited curators; Lia Gangitano (Curator of Participant) and Anthony Huberman (Curator of Sculpture Center).

“Redefining Performance in the 21st Century (Part 1),” Humanities Council Round-Table. Round-table coordinator with RoseLee Goldberg (Fall 2004 - Spring 2005) with invited artists; choreographers Ralph Lemon and Sarah Mitchelson, performance artist Coco Fusco, Julian Laverderie (9/11 Memorial: Tribute in Light), Tim Etchells (Forced Entertainment), Liz LeCompte (Wooster Group), and Christian Marclay (Artist).

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