What do robot rebellions, violence in a boys choir, marital misery and space invaders have in common?
They were all a part of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s daring 1983-84 season. My theatre career began in 1983 as the director of development for Woolly, and artistic director Howard Shalwitz’s singular vision remains as inspiring to me now as it was then. So it is with particular delight that I share the news that Howard will be one of our plenary speakers for the 2012 TCG National Conference: Model the Movement in Boston, June 21-23.
I’m also pleased to announce speaker Paul D. Miller, AKA “DJ Spooky.” I first heard DJ Spooky speak at the January 2010 Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference, where I was struck by his ideas of collage – the mingling and recasting of art forms through technology – and how that mirrored a larger cultural interconnectedness. Miller practices what he preaches, creating work that spans genre and discipline, including a recent collaboration with Ballet Austin called The Mozart Project. He works with a wide variety of global artists, including Robert Wilson, Iannis Xenakis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Kool Keith/Doctor Octagon, Pierre Boulez, Saul Williams, Yoko Ono and many others. Learn more about our speakers here (more to be announced soon), and then register here to take advantage of the early bird discount.
Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who participated last Sunday in SHINSAI: Theaters for Japan. Seventy organizations from over 20 states and several countries collaborated to express solidarity and raise relief funds for our theatre colleagues in Japan on the anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. I attended one of the events at Cooper Union in New York City, and was reminded again of the spirit of World Theatre Day and the truth I tried to describe in my own I AM THEATRE video – that we are all one theatre world, and we need to open our eyes to it.