I think of producing as analogous to teaching. My job is to open the doors, wide, and invite artists and audiences in. And to keep them coming back. My job is to facilitate connections. To explicate. To question. And to delight in discovery that is not my own.
A student-driven, department-nurtured performance research laboratory that emphasized experiment over outcome and process over product.
Sixteen graduate students from the departments of art, creative writing, dance, and theatre generated transdisciplinary time-based performances that grappled with power and the body.
With their founder and Executive Director, Matt Slaybaugh, I co-produced the Next Stage Initiative. Each year, we nurtured four to six new plays in workshop stagings with a rabid focus on investigation, revision, and experimentation.
In conjunction with Leap Before You Look at the Wexner Center for the Arts, students explored the pedagogical strategies deployed at Black Mountain College and built solo, collective, and participatory works that tangled with them.
In conjunction with the Columbus Museum of Art’s work on Equal Pay Day, students created performances that engaged with the museum’s collection to incite conversation around the longstanding gender imbalance in the art world.
Nine graduate students created performance works that investigated compulsion as a social, personal, and ethical phenomenon.