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Faculty Advisor

Dr. Martina Kolb

Start Date

27-4-2021 12:00 AM

End Date

27-4-2021 12:00 AM

Description

How can a diverse theater where critical spectators disagree advance ethics? What is the precise nature and function of an ethical dilemma? What is the pedagogical impact of dilemmas replacing the dead end of imposed solutions toward happy endings? How can we promote critical spectatorship under almost exclusively virtual circumstances? What can online performance as part of an ethically informed theatrical vision achieve in the realms of community and leadership? These are the main questions this project pursues. Through discussions with SU students and alumni, this project sets out to understand how possible answers to these questions have impacted the SU community, both on and off campus, as well as the theatrical world and world culture on a broader scale. To gain more insight into how current members of the theater world have adapted their work to the conditions posed by the pandemic, I have interviewed current SU students, faculty, and SU alumni about their experiences in and with the theatre, with Bertolt Brecht, and with a currently virtual theatre in the age of the pandemic. I have referred to these interviews in my forthcoming article in The Quill: “Critical Spectatorship: Theater in the Age of a Pandemic”.

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Apr 27th, 12:00 AM Apr 27th, 12:00 AM

Critical Spectatorship? Theater in the Age of a Pandemic

How can a diverse theater where critical spectators disagree advance ethics? What is the precise nature and function of an ethical dilemma? What is the pedagogical impact of dilemmas replacing the dead end of imposed solutions toward happy endings? How can we promote critical spectatorship under almost exclusively virtual circumstances? What can online performance as part of an ethically informed theatrical vision achieve in the realms of community and leadership? These are the main questions this project pursues. Through discussions with SU students and alumni, this project sets out to understand how possible answers to these questions have impacted the SU community, both on and off campus, as well as the theatrical world and world culture on a broader scale. To gain more insight into how current members of the theater world have adapted their work to the conditions posed by the pandemic, I have interviewed current SU students, faculty, and SU alumni about their experiences in and with the theatre, with Bertolt Brecht, and with a currently virtual theatre in the age of the pandemic. I have referred to these interviews in my forthcoming article in The Quill: “Critical Spectatorship: Theater in the Age of a Pandemic”.

 

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