Center for the Arts Dreyer MFA Group Studio
Altar/Alter is the final project of the THEA 271 Immersive Performance course at Towson University. Drawing inspiration from ritual and play, Altar/Alter weaves together unconventional materials, text, and altered states of consciousness to create altars of performer/audience interaction. The result will be a mind-altering, immersive experience where audiences will be encouraged to participate in the live construction of the performance by various forms of interaction.
Thursday, January 30th, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, January 31st, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 1st, 8:00 p.m.
Sean Mahoney is researching and writing a text/manual for undergraduate Script Analysis. Inspired by Bonnie Marranca, Peter Brook,Stephen Nachmanovitch, and Bruce Lee, this book will introduce students to established and emerging perspectives on dramatic texts, focusing on the importance of openness, fluidity, and play in our understanding of Theatre.
Ben Sansom will be traveling to the indigenous Tzutujil-speaking community of Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala to conduct a workshop that addresses indigenous identity and brings together the generations that make up the community. He will first have students collect stories from parents and grandparents of what it means to be Atiteco (from Santiago Atitlan) and Tzutujil and how that identity is tied to their being Guatemalan where the past civil war and recent policies have diminished the importance of that indigenous heritage. The collected stories will be synthesized into a performance piece presented by and for the community members in their native tongue and in Spanish. The project will touch on issues of globalization and imperialism and how the indigenous people of Guatemala are moving forward to maintain their sense of Mayan self.
MFA Program in Theatre Arts
Center for the Arts, Room 3034 (map)