A part of the School of Performing Arts' Colloquium Series
Blacksburg Public Library, 200 Miller St., Blacksburg | Interdisciplinary Events, Theatre
February 20, 2020 at 4:00pm
The School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech presents “Art, Community, Ecology, and Health,” a series of talks/workshops by nationally recognized artists and thought leaders on the power and practice of art and culture as essential elements of healthy communities. These public presentations are meant to lead to open dialogue on the practical values of art as a core element for building strong communities.
Todd London titles his talk/workshop “Let Me Sit with You a While, or The Challenge of Theater is the Challenge of the World.” What brings us together? What keeps us apart? Theater is one of humanity's most enduring ways of exploring both conflict and communion in society. More, it's a way of modeling society itself: how do we make a world that supports individual freedom/distinction and collective welfare? We'll explore together these tensions — or are they complementary strengths? — of the art form, and of the collaborative process of making plays.
London, an essayist, novelist, arts journalist, and theatre historian, has written, edited, or contributed to more than twenty books with several more on the way. He is the head of the Master of Fine Arts Playwriting Program at the New School, School of Drama, and the Director of Theatre Relations for the Dramatists Guild of America. From 2014-18 he was the Executive Director of the University of Washington's School of Drama, where he held the Floyd U. Jones Family Endowed Chair in Drama. Before that he spent 18 seasons as Artistic Director of New York's New Dramatists, the nation's oldest laboratory theatre for playwrights, where he created programs for and worked closely with more than a hundred and fifty of America’s leading playwrights and advocated nationally and internationally for hundreds more. His recent books include, "15 Actors, 20 Years" (Dutch Kills Press); "An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art" (Theatre Communications Group); and a collection of London’s theatre essays, "The Importance of Staying Earnest: Writings from Inside the American Theatre," 1988-2013 (NoPassport Press). London holds a Master in Fine Arts degree in Directing from Boston University and a doctorate in Literary Studies from American University.
The School of Performing Arts Colloquium series is supported by the Blacksburg Public Library, Virginia Tech’s Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series, the Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education, the Center for Communicating Science, the Community Change Collaborative, the Institute for Policy and Governance, and Christiansburg Institute, Inc.
For more information please contact Bob Leonard.
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