Saturday, March 21, 2009

Upcoming: Cohen New Works Festival, UT, March 30 - April 4

Found on-line.

UPDATE: Feature article by Robert Faires in Austin Chronicle of March 26

The University Co-op Presents the Cohen New Works Festival is a celebration of new work created by UT Department of Theatre and Dance that celebrates original works created by UT students, faculty, and guest artists. Audiences will experience a variety of performances, readings, choreography, guest artist panels, and workshops. The Festival is collaborative and multi–disciplinary in nature and offers students events that culminate in a week-long showcase every other April held throughout campus. It is not just an event, but a celebration of a continuously ongoing process--the creation of new work. Inaugurated in 2001 as a new play festival, The University Co-op presents the Cohen New Works Festival was created and named in honor of David Mark Cohen, former head of playwriting within The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance. Cohen was killed in a car crash on December 23, 1997, but during his life, he was an adamant supporter of new work.

Today, The New Works Festival has evolved to include not just plays, but all mediums of student-generated new work. It is the largest festival of its kind, being run and organized entirely by a committee of graduate and undergraduate students, with the support of faculty co-producers. 2009 will mark the fifth New Works Festival in 10 years and includes multiple exhibitions at the Blanton Museum of Art and three outdoor site-specific works. With generous support from the University Co-op, all events are free.

schedule of performances

Guest Artist Focus Groups:

* Monday, March 30 2:30–4:00pm 2.112
The Business of Show Business
Panel discussion with David Conte, Ed Raymond and Bruce Ostler, moderated by Denise Martel

* Tuesday, March 31 11:00–12:30pm 2.136
Amy Greenfield and Kelly Hargraves , facilitated by David Justin

* Tuesday, March 31 4:00–5:30pm 2.112
Intellectual Property Law
Louis Bonham, facilitated by Rachel Durkin-Drga

* Wednesday, April 1 3:00–4:30pm 2.136
Directing New Work
Sarah Benson, facilitated by Katie Pearl

* Thursday, April 2 11:00–12:30pm 2.136
New Play Development
Wendy Goldberg, facilitated by Steven Dietz

* Saturday, April 4 12:00-1:30pm 2.112
Capturing the Moment: Photography
David Bjurstrom, facilitated by Susan Mickey

bios of invited guest artists
full feature on Cohen festival, history, and photos

All UT Cohen New Work Festival drama events are now listed the ALT Calendar.

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