HowlRound just published an article I wrote about Die Name Wat Ons Gee - the piece of puppet theatre I helped make last year as part of the the Barrydale Reconciliation Day Puppet Parade in South Africa. You can find it here.
My friends and collaborators Martha Herrera-Lasso and Kimberly Richards and I were recently interviewed on KALX's show "The Graduates" about our work in Performance Studies and the New Play Reading Series. The interview (dated 1.19.16) is available to stream or download on iTunes here.
Leila Singleton, the graphic designer behind the posters for my production of Rhinoceros and the other 2014-2015 TDPS mainstage shows, has won an award from Graphic Design USA for that body of work. Congratulations, Leila! You can check out the award-winning designs here.
I am absolutely thrilled to join the directing team of the Barrydale Puppet Parade, which brings artists from South Africa's world-renowned Handspring Puppet Company and their community partners together on a one-of-a-kind site-specific puppet pageant. This year's piece, Die Name Wat Ons Gee, explores the legacy of slavery in the Eastern Cape and will be performed on December 13.
I reviewed two recent books on animals and performance - Lourdes Orozco's Theatre & Animals and Una Chaudhuri and Holly Hughes' edited volume Animal Acts: Performing Species Today - for Theatre Survey 56.3 (September 2015). If you don't have access to the complete issue of the journal (which is of course worth reading in its entirety) you can access a PDF of my article on my academia.edu page here.
I am thrilled to announce that this year I am convening a Critical Theory Working Group here at U.C. Berkeley on the subject of "Animal Futures." Working Group meetings will take the form of seminars - 6 over the course of the year - led by the likes of Mel Chen, Donna Jones, Tobias Menely, Charis Thompson, Zakiyyah Iman Jackson and Alexander Weheliye. The inaugural session - in which I'll present my work on "New Naturalisms" - is on September 24th. For more information, visit the Program in Critical Theory's website.
I've been honored to have been accepted recently into a number of exciting conferences. More details are forthcoming, but I can say that in Summer and Fall 2015 I will be speaking at the African Theatre Association, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the African Studies Association, the U.C. Berkeley Program in Critical Theory's "Animal Futures" Working Group, the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, the American Society for Theater Research and the Modern Languages Association. I couldn't be happier at the prospect of sharing my work with extraordinary mentors and colleagues at each of those gatherings.
The Bonapartes, my play-in-progress, will be featured at Ars Nova's ANT Fest on 6/13. I am humbled and honored to get to work with my long-time friend and collaborator Whitney Mosery on what will be her New York directing debut (!) as well as a talented ensemble of actors and designers on this new project. If you're in New York in June, be sure to check it out! For more details, see my Event page and visit out the ANT Fest website.