FREE afternoon panel discussions
Saturday, January 20 at 2:00pm & 3:30pm
Guest speakers whose work is shaping the national theatre field will be featured on two panel discussions Saturday afternoon. The topics include Activism and Audience Interaction and Getting Better as an Artist.
the panelists include:
Performer & Playwright – American Dreams
Leila Buck has performed and developed work at New York Theatre Workshop, Wilma Theater (Barrymore Award), Culture Project, Arena Stage, and the Public Theater. A State Department Speaker Specialist and Cultural Envoy, she has performed and facilitated dialogues at the UN in NY and Geneva, and at the World Humanitarian Summit. As artist-in-residence for Wesleyan University’s Doris Duke Foundation Building Bridges grant, she co-created an interactive performance about the (mis)representation of Muslims in the US, and has taught and performed theatre for intercultural engagement across the US and around the world. M.A./Adjunct professor, Participatory Performance and Civic Engagement – NYU. www.leilabuck.com
Playwright, 16/17 Nord Family Foundation Catapult Fellow
Eric Coble’s scripts have been produced at Cleveland Public Theatre, on and off-Broadway, and throughout the US and abroad, including The Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company, Arena Stage, New York and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Alliance Theatre, Cleveland Play House, South Coast Repertory, Habima Theatre (Israel), Teatr Polski (Poland), and Orange Row (Mexico). Local awards include the Cleveland Arts Prize, two Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Fellowships, and four Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Grants. Twenty-seven of Mr. Coble’s scripts have been published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Dramatic Publishing, and others.
Playwright, InterAct Theatre Company
James Ijames is a Philadelphia-based performer and playwright. James’ plays have been produced by Flashpoint Theater Company, Orbiter 3, Theatre Horizon, The National Black Theatre, and Ally Theatre. James is the 2011 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Artist recipient, a 2011 Independence Foundation Fellow, a 2015 Pew Fellow for Playwriting, the 2015 winner of the Terrance McNally New Play Award for WHITE and a 2017 recipient of the Whiting Award. James is a founding member of Orbiter 3, Philadelphia’s first playwright producing collective. James is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Villanova University and resides in South Philadelphia.
Artistic Director of Orbiter 3
Maura Krause is the Artistic Director of Barrymore award-winning company Orbiter 3, Philadelphia’s first producing playwrights collective, in addition to being a new work director, dramaturg, and producer. She is a former National New Play Network Producer-in-Residence at InterAct Theatre Company, and an Associated Artist with Applied Mechanics. Maura has also worked with Woolly Mammoth Theatre, PlayPenn, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and Tiny Dynamite, among others. Favorite projects include Red Ash Mosaic (Cleveland Public Theatre), Breathe Smoke by Douglas Williams (Orbiter 3), flesh flesh flesh: A Ghost Play by Lena Barnard (self-produced), and Tilda Swinton Adopt Me Please (The Greenfield Collective).
Sojourn Theatre Artistic Director, Conceiver, & Director – How to End Poverty
Michael Rohd is founding artistic director of Sojourn Theatre. He recently accepted a Professorship at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design & Art, where he, Liz Lerman, and Daniel Bernard Roumain lead a think tank/action space called The Ensemble Lab. He is author of the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue. He leads the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, where current projects include The Catalyst Initiative, a national program supported by The Andrew Mellon Foundation, and Learning Labs, through which he is currently collaborating with Arts Councils at the State and Local level around the US. In 2015, he received an Otto Rene Castillo award for Political Theater and The Robert Gard Foundation Award for Excellence.
Co-Founder, PopUP Theatrics, Co-Developer & Director – American Dreams
Tamilla is the co-founder of PopUP Theatrics, a partnership creating immersive, site specific, and participatory theatre for audiences around the globe. This past season her work on the critically acclaimed immersive 3/Fifths by James Scruggs was called “Visually and conceptually stunning” by The New York Times. The Miami Herald called Tamilla’s work on the site specific immersive Miami Motel Stories “An ingeniously sculpted experience… that doesn’t ask us to suspend disbelief; it begs us to believe in our humanity.” She proudly serves as the Artistic Director of The Five Boroughs/One City Project at The Working Theater. www.Tamilla.com
CPT Executive Artistic Director
Raymond is a director and playwright specializing in ensemble-driven processes. His theatrical work has been seen in Romania, Brazil, Denmark, Serbia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and throughout the US and Canada. Raymond has won numerous awards as a playwright and in 2016, he received the Equality Ohio Ally of the Year Award. In 2017, Raymond received the Governor’s Award for the Arts. Raymond created CPT’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program, and with James Levin, co-created the Y-Haven Theatre Project. As the artistic leader of CPT, Raymond has produced 47 world premiere productions.
CPT Director of Audience Engagement & Media Relations, Co-Creator & Performer – Everything is okay (and other helpful lies)
Caitlin Lewins is a creator, director, performer, avid crafter, and musician. As part of the 16/17 Nord Family Foundation Catapult Fellowship, she is developing (with Melissa Crum), Everything is okay (and other helpful lies). Former CPT Story Connector, 13/14 Joan Yellen Horvitz Director Fellow, and New Play Associate, Caitlin line produced the inaugural Entry Point festival, four Road to Hope events, and various productions off and onsite. Recent/favorite credits include 44 Plays For 44 Presidents (CoDirector, Music Director); Light the Lights, Ol’ Moses CLE! (A Wild Holiday Romp) (Performer, Creator of The Cleveland Line Dance); Frankenstein’s Wake (Music Director); She’s Wearing White… (Performer, Contributing Creator); Left in Ink (Conceiver, Director, Co-Creator); and Grizzly Mama (Performer, Dobama Theatre).