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Feminist Directions: Performance, Power, and Leadership

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 9:00am

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
430 College Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

March 15 at 4 p.m.
March 16 at 9 a.m.
Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts

Produced by Cornell Performing & Media Arts - PMA graduate students Jayme Kilburn & Kelly Richmond

For the full schedule and participant bios, visit https://pma.cornell.edu/conference.

The Department of Performing and Media Arts will host an interdisciplinary symposium titled “Feminist Directions: Performance, Power, and Leadership” March 15–16. Over the course of the symposium internationally acclaimed artists Tisa Chang (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre), Holly Hughes (University of Michigan), Leigh Fondakowski (Tectonic Theatre Project), Rhodessa Jones (Cultural Odyssey), Peggy Shaw (Split Britches), and Lois Weaver (Queen Mary University of London) will join local artists, scholars, and activists for a free, multi-day event at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.

What can the history of women’s performance teach us about the future of feminism? In these precarious times, how can we use performance to reflect the changes we want to see?

During the symposium, attendees will have the opportunity to explore these questions through interactive lectures, performances, and workshops. On Friday, March 15, the symposium kicks off with a tour of Cornell University’s Human Sexuality Collection in the Division of Rare and Manuscripts Collection, guided by Brenda Marston. Rhodessa Jones will then lead a workshop on feminist methods for work with community theatre groups. Following Jones’ workshop will be an opening reception and Bad and Nasty Cabaret featuring feminist performances from the community.

On the morning of Saturday, March 16, local theater practitioners, activists, and scholars will gather for “Mentors, Methods, and Mutations: A Workshop on Feminist Cross-Pollination,” where invited participants will discuss how their feminist mentors have shaped their current practices – additional audience members are welcome. Following lunch will be a roundtable on feminist directing, featuring the symposium’s four keynote directors along with Bevin O’Gara (Kitchen Theatre Company) and Sue Perlgut (It’s All Right To Be Woman Theatre, Senior Citizen Theatre Troupe). Following the roundtable, Tisa Chang will facilitate a directing master class in approaching culturally specific work. Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw will conclude the symposium with Weaver’s highly regarded work, The Long Table, which combines theatricality with models of public engagement into a highly stylized, non-hierarchal dinner table discussion.

Featuring: Heather Campbell (Advocacy Center of Tompkins County), Sarah Chalmers (Civic Ensemble), J. Ellen Gainor (Cornell Performing & Media Arts - PMA), Carolyn Goelzer (Cornell Performing & Media Arts - PMA), Holly Hughes (University of Michigan), Jane Juffer (CU Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), Kate McCullough (CU Cornell Department of English), Dehanza Rogers (Cornell Performing & Media Arts - PMA), Leeny Sack (The Performative Self - leeny Sack), Alanna Salwen (Planned Parenthood Generation Action at Cornell), Anna Sims Bartel (CU Office of Engagement Initiatives), Saviana Stanescu Condeescu (Ithaca College), Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon (Cornell Department of English)

“Feminist Directions: Performance, Power, and Leadership” is co-sponsored by Cornell’s American Studies DepartmentCornell Council for the ArtsDepartment of AnthropologyDepartment of EnglishEngaged CornellFeminist, Gender, and Sexuality StudiesGraduate and Professional Student Assembly Financial CouncilGraduate and Professional Student Programming Board, Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student EngagementHuman Sexuality CollectionLGBT Studiesthe President's Council of Cornell WomenRhodes Professorship Fundthe Society for the Humanities, and The History of Art and Visual Studies.  

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