Highlights from the 2007 - 08 Season of Events
The Civilians / Michael Friedman
The music of Michael Friedman, an incoming Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, was featured in Gone Missing: the Concert Version on Sunday, September 23, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts. Friedman is the founding associate artist of The Civilians, a production company that develops original projects based in the creative investigation of actual experience. Known for using methods that combine documentary and artistic practices, the company’s performances are boldly theatrical and take inspiration from the full range of theatrical forms – from cabaret to experimental theater.
The Lewis Center for the Arts presented a lecture and talk back with Fiona Shaw, CBE, on Monday, February 4, 2008 at 4:30 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre. The event was free and open to the public.
Shaw, who has been regarded as one of the finest classical actresses of her generation, spoke on "Shakespeare and Friends, Ibsen and Enemies."
The Improv Workshop
John Lehr and Nancy Hower, creators of the TBS sitcom Ten Items or Less led a workshop on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 in Theatre OnTime. The hands-on workshop taught students how to make a good story using improv.
John Lehr is a comedic writer, monologist and performer working in television, film and theater in Los Angeles and New York. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous television series and feature films including NBC’s Jesse and as host of ABC’s reality show I am a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here. Lehr is a critically acclaimed improvisational performer having worked at the Organic Theater and Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, The Montreal Comedy Festival and Chicago Improvisational Festival.
Katie Jacobs, Executive Producer of House spoke about writing for television.
Katie Jacobs is an American television producer and director. Together with her husband, Paul Attanasio, the couple run Heel and Toe Films production company which produces current Fox series, House and formerly Century City. Jacobs made her directorial debut on House, directing two episodes of the third season.
Scenario for a Non-Existing, But Possible Instrumental Actor
This theatrical score, written first as "music for one actor" by Boguslaw Schaeffer for Jan Peszek, has been performed over 1500 times since 1976. It has been highly praised by critics, beloved by audiences, and has received the Grand Prix at the Theatre Festival in New York, 1995. Now Peszek handed over this performance to the actor André Erlen.