Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Idris Goodwin - Working Playwrights Series

IDRIS GOODWIN is a playwright, rapper, and essayist. His plays include How We Got On, Remix 38 (Actors Theater Of Louisville); And in This Corner: Cassius Clay (StageOne Family Theater), This is Modern Art (Steppenwolf), Blackademics (Mpaact, Crowded Fire), Bars and Measures (B Street Theatre, Nnpn Rwp), and The Raid (Jackalope Theatre).

Goodwin is one of the six playwrights featured in Hands Up an anthology commissioned by The New Black Fest. Hands Up has been presented across the country.

His latest play The Realness will have a world premiere in 2016 at Merrimack Repertory Theatre.

He is the recipient of Oregon Shakespeare’s American History Cycle Commission and InterAct Theater’s 20/20 Award. Goodwin has been a writer in residence at The Eugene O'Neil Playwrights Center, Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor Program, The Lark Playwriting Center and New Harmony Project.

An accomplished Hip Hop poet, his albums include Break Beat Poems and Rhyming While Black. Goodwin was featured on HBO, Sesame Street and Discovery Channel. He is the author of the pushcart nominated essay collection These are the Breaks (Write Bloody, 2011).

Idris is the co host and contributor to Critical Karaoke, a radio show and podcast about music and culture. Idris teaches performance writing and Hip Hop aesthetics at Colorado College.

Thursday, Jan 28th
6 - 7:30pm
B207 Walgreen Drama Center (north campus)

Take the elevator down and turn right as you come out of the elevator . . . 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

José Casas - Theatre & Drama Working Playwrights Series

José Casas is a playwright, director and actor from Baldwin Park, California. He has a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from the University of California (Santa Barbara), an M.A. in Theatre Arts from California State University (Los Angeles) and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing/ Playwriting from Arizona State University. His plays include: A Bag of OrangesThe Assassination of Erik Estradaall brown all chignonthe vine and la rosa still grows beyond the wall. Three of his short plays, hermanosbreaking news and timothy were finalists for Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival. His play, Freddie's Dead/ Mindprobe, won the Sherill C. Corwin/Metropolitan Theatre Award for Best One-Act Play. His play, 14, was a winner of the 2003-2004 ARIZONI Award for Best Production-Original Play; it was also published in the book, Ethnotheatre: An Anthology of Reality theatre(AltaMira Press). la ofrenda (the offering) was the winner of the 2004-2005 Bonderman Playwriting for Youth National Competition.

January 15th, from 5-6:30 pm
B207 Walgreen Drama Center (north campus)

Take the elevator down and turn right as you come out of the elevator . . . 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Shayok Misha Chowdhury - Working Playwrights Series

Shayok Misha Chowdhury is a queer Bengali director, playwright, poet, and vocalist. Born on the coast of southern India, he developed a taste for sour rice cakes and the seaside before moving to old-colony Massachusetts, where, in a high school theater rehearsal, he received his mantra -- story comes first -- from an unlikely medicine man with a galaxy of Harley tattoos.

He has been living his responsibility to story ever since.

Misha is co-founder and artistic director of the performance collaborative The Lonely Painter Project, with whom he has developed and directed five original productions. He has also co-authored and directed three new musicals, ARTEMIS IN THE PARKING LOT, BEFORE AND AFTER, and THE OPTICS OF DYING LIGHT with his collaborator Laura Grill. Other recent directing credits include THE MESSIAH COMPLEX (Nia Witherspoon) at HERE Arts Center and HINGSHA SHOMPORKITO DHARA BIBORONI (Joy Goswami) with Boston-based Bengali theater ensemble Off-Kendrik.

A Fulbright and Kundiman fellow, Misha's poetry has been published in Hayden's Ferry Review, Portland Review, Asian American Literary Review, Lantern Review, and elsewhere. He was a featured soloist on the Grammy-winning album Calling All Dawns(Christopher Tin) and has performed the album in concert at Carnegie Hall. He received his Bachelors in Performance and Diaspora under the mentorship of Maestra Cherríe Moraga at Stanford University and is completing his Master of Fine Arts in Directing Theater at Columbia University under Anne Bogart (SITI Company) and Brian Kulick (Classic Stage Company).

January 11th, from 5-6:30 pm
B207 Walgreen Drama Center (north campus)

Take the elevator down and turn right as you come out of the elevator . . . 

Q&A with students:
Jan 11, 3-4pm
B207 Walgreen Drama Center

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Elaine Romero - Working Playwrights Series

ELAINE ROMERO has found grist for her plays in an uncharted life.  Elaine saw Disneyland with the King of Zululand. She learned Transcendental Meditation from a guru who imparted her mantras from a make-shift altar fashioned from the family toilet. As a grad student visiting Paris, Elaine fed the poor with Mother Teresa.  She says all her plays begin as a sort of haunting. 

Walk into the Sea was presented at the Goodman Theatre as part of their Latino Theatre Festival.  Something Rare and Wonderful recently premiered at the Alley Theatre.  Barrio Hollywood was performed at Orlando Shakespeare Theatre.  Acting Editions in English and Spanish are available with Samuel French.  Elaine’s recent commissions include the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (Xochi: Jaguar Princess), Alley Theatre, and InterAct Theatre Company (The Dalai Lama is Not Welcome Here).  Other commissions include  Magic Theatre/Sloan (Walk into the Sea), ONU (Undocumented), Curious Theatre Company (Rain of Ruin), and Zachary Scott Theatre (Alicia).  She participated in the Sundance Playwrights’ Retreat at Ucross, Playwrights’ Center’s New Plays on Campus Program (Like Heaven), the Texas State Black & Latino Playwrights Conference (Before Death Comes for the Archbishop, Kenny Leon, director), and Arkansas Repertory’sVoices at the River.

Elaine completed NBC’s Writers on the Verge Program and CBS Diversity Institute’s Writer’s Mentorship Program, both in L.A.  She received the Arizona Commission on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship, TCG/Pew National Theatre Artist in Residence grant ($100,000), the NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights grant, Los Angeles Film School Scholarship, Sprenger-Lang New History Play Contest, Tennessee Williams One-Act Play Award, and The Chicano/Latino Literary Award.

Elaine’s plays (Barrio Hollywood, iCuranderas! Serpents of the Clouds, Walk into
the Sea, Something Rare and Wonderful, Alicia, Undocumented, Secret Things,
The Fat-Free Chicana and the Snow Cap Queen, Undercurrents, Day of Our
Dead, If Susan Smith Could Talk) have been developed and produced at such theatres as Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alley Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Playwrights' Center, the Magic Theatre, the Ford Amphitheatre, New Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Curious Theatre Company, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Urban Stages, INTAR, the Playwrights’ Center, Women’s Project and Productions, the Working Theater, Su Teatro, the Lark Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Borderlands Theater, Bay Area
Playwrights Festival, and Miracle Theatre.

January 7th, from 6 - 7:30 pm

B207 Walgreen Drama Center (north campus)

Q&A with Students
January 8, 2016 2 - 3 pm
2439 Walgreen Drama Center

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Screening of Wooden Wars

Entrance is free and open to the public. Reception to follow!

Speaker: Joanna (Jana) Mazurkiewicz, PhD Student, Department of Slavic Languages & Literature
Host Department: Center for World Performance Studies (CWPS)
Date: 12/08/2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: 1636 SSWB (School Of Social Work Building),1080 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Details can be found at:

Friday, October 9, 2015