PPEH and the Program in Theater Arts host Professor Sarah Standing (CUNY) as part of a two-day program at the intersection of avant garde theater, social protest, and climate change communication.
Please RSVP to attend.
Dr. Sarah Ann Standing is an Assistant Professor in the Humanities Department at New York City College of Technology (CUNY) whose artistic work and scholarship explore the relationship between theatre / performance and ecology. At City Tech, Sarah recently directed Victoria Lichterman’s play, Fallen Sparrow, and has devised five productions of Telling Our Stories, a collaborative theatrical investigation into environment, heritage, and location. Sarah’s own play, Climate Changes Culture, had its first workshop production in 2013.
Sarah earned her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of CUNY, and returned there as a 2013-14 Faculty Fellow at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics. She has contributed a chapter to the book Readings in Performance and Ecology(Palgrave Macmillan), as well as articles to the journals PAJ, Theatre Topics, The Eugene O’Neill Review, American Theatre, and Terra Nova.
10:30 Sarah Standing will join the undergraduate seminar led by Marcia Ferguson for directors
12:00 Sarah will attend Bethany Wiggin's seminar on Sustainability and Utopianism for a discussion of recent stagings of Brecht/Weill's Rise and Fall of Mahagonny as a parable for climate change.
5:00 Directors' roundtable on Performance, Politics, and Climate Change featuring Sarah Ann Standing, Professor Marcia Ferguson, Quinn Bauriedel (Pig Iron Theater Company, Co-Artistic Director), PPEH artist-in-residence Mary Mattingly, Sarah Sanford (Swarthmore) and others TBA. This event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception. Fisher-Bennet Hall, Faculty Lounge.
A performer, director, and teacher, Sarah Sanford moved to Philadelphia in 2001 to make a show with Pig Iron Theatre and officially joined the company in 2002. Since then she has co-created/performed in ten of the company’s works and now serves on the core faculty at the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training. Sarah has made her own work, directed other people’s work, and acted on several local stages including the Arden, Lantern, Wilma, and Theatre Exile. She has performed internationally with The Riot Group, Jo Stromgren Kompani, and Volcano and has taught workshops all over the globe. She has been movement director/choreographer for several productions including The Acting Company’s As You Like It and Villanova’s Big Love. B.A. from Swarthmore College and Certificate of Completion from École Jacques Lecoq. Sarah received the 2010 F. Otto Haas Award for Best Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist.
Quinn Bauriedel is a co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director of the OBIE Award-winning Pig Iron Theatre Company. He has been an actor, director and designer in many of the company’s original productions since its inception in 1995. Quinn is also the Director of the University of the Arts/Pig Iron MFA & Certificate Programs in Devised Performance. He is a 2016 Eisenhower Fellow and has been the recipient of a Fox Foundation Actor Fellowship, a USA Knight Fellowship, a Luce Fellowship and was a 2002-2004 Pew Fellow in Performance Art.
Marcia Ferguson is the Program Director for the Theater Arts Program at Penn and a senior lecturer in Theatre Arts. Marcia has taught, acted, and directed all over the country and the world, from New York to Tokyo to Rome. At Penn she has lectured on everything from Renaissance Theater to Realism, Theatrical Science to Improvisation. Marcia has also published two books.
12:00 Luncheon Lecture. Professor Sarah Ann Standing, "350.org as Eco-Theatre and Performance Art." Box lunches are available for those who register. This event is free and open to the public. Fisher-Bennet Hall, Faculty Lounge.