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Annie Dorsen master class & LMDA's 'On Collaboration' event | 12pm - 4pm Feb 19, 2013

by Sean Ryan

We are gearing up for the world premiere of A Piece of Work (formerly False Peach) Directed by Annie Dorsen this Thursday, Feb 21 – Feb 24. I hope you can join us at On the Boards, Saturday, Feb 23 for a day of theater/performance conversations & discussions.

1.    We will host a master class with award winning theater director Annie Dorsen held in our Studio Theater.
She will talk about Algorithmic Theater / Hamlet / Collaboration / Directing theater in new ways
Noon @ OtB | $12 ($7 with ticket stub) ***
RSVP: Sean Ryan  sean@ontheboards.org  - see below for more info

2.    On the Boards hosts
The Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and University of Puget Sound
On Collaboration
12:30-4pm – Mainstage Lobby
This is a free event.
RSVP: Geoff Proehl  gproehl@pugetsound.edu  - more info below

***Note
If you are interested in attending the Master Class with Annie Dorsen, feel free to stay for the Town Hall discussion led by moderator Liz Engelman on Collaboration: process, challenges, successes. Invited speakers include: Myra Platt (Book-It), Andrew Russell (Intiman), Teresa Thuman (director), Bryan Willis (playwright), Sarah Sidman (lighting designer and producer), Mary Sheldon Scott and Jarrad Powell (Scott/Powell Performance), Tonya Lockyer (Velocity Dance Center)


1.    MASTER CLASS WITH ANNIE DORSEN| Studio Theater, 12 – 2pm |  $12 ($7 with ticket stub)
RSVP Sean Ryan sean@ontheboards.org
Annie Dorsen will lead the class through an understanding of her new passion, what she refers to as algorithmic theater, meaning she uses algorithms to decide what happens on stage. This process is how she has built A Piece of Work. Presenting through documentation on her current and previous works, she will address what it means to have co-authored work by algorithms; how these algorithms make potential decisions that can challenge and even inspire; what goes into creating the algorithms that then help define the direction and even flow of the work; What is the difference between using algorithms with live performers to just having a digital conversation (… check out HELLO HI THERE); how this forms new ideas on collaboration with collaborators from both the technology world and the world of the theater. 
Annie Dorsen bio
Director and writer Annie 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), among others.  She is the co-creator of the 2008 Broadway musical Passing Strange, which she also directed. Spike Lee 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  (premiere at ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna) 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.

2.    The Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and University of Puget Sound
On Collaboration
February 23rd, 12:30-4pm | Free event
On the Boards | RSVP: Geoff Proehl gproehl@pugetsound.edu

Doors open at 12pm – Mainstage Lobby
•    12:30-2pm -- Open Early Career session "The Future"
Led by Early Career Dramaturgs
Mainstage Lobby
What will American Theatre be like in ten or twenty years/ How would you like to see theatre progress in ten or twenty years?
Dramaturgy and the Future- the telling of a story. What are your expectations? What do you expect of yourself and others? What happens if those expectations do or do not get met?


•    2-2:30pm -- Networking Break  (with refreshments, networking wall, and LMDA table
FUBAR - Mainstage Lobby

•    2:30-4pm -- Collaboration Town Hall ***
Led by moderator Liz Engelman
Studio Theater
Speakers include Myra Platt (Book-It), Andrew Russell (Intiman), Teresa Thuman (director), Bryan Willis (playwright), Sarah Sidman (lighting designer and producer), Mary Sheldon Scott and Jarrad Powell (Scott/Powell Performance), Tonya Lockyer (Velocity Dance Center)

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