Never too old to study theater!

Read about my incredible 93-year-old student Lewis Taub! Every spring I teach Theater & Culture I, a foundational course in the Theater Department at Skidmore College. This semester was just a little more special than those of previous years. Local resident and retired optometrist Lewis Taub, completed his 50th course at Skidmore in Theater & Culture I. Lewis was a joy to have in the classroom and reminded all of us that learning should be a life-long endeavor. Lewis has become quite a bit of a social media star with media coverage on the local evening news. Watch a video of Lewis and a theater major featured on the local news.

Black Theater Poppin’ at the Tang

Seventeen students from majors all over campus came together as a learning community to study, experience, discuss and create Black Theater. For their final projects, students performed scene work and created original performance piece that were staged in multiples sites at the Tang Teaching Museum on December 12, 2017. We called the event – Black Theater Poppin’ at the Tang!

See photos from their final projects here.

Students participated in a dance workshop led by their classmate Celeste Munoz Perez who was inspired by a massive installation – Willie Cole’s “To Get to the Other Side,” a 16-foot chessboard with 32 lawn jockey chess pieces interpreted through a Yoruban worldview. You can view a clip of their improvised performance here. 

Translation & Performance

Please read this feature on students in my Translation & Performance class at Skidmore College where eight plays receive their world premiere in English. The playwrights represent Mexico, Swaziland, Cape Verde, Angola, Brazil, Portugal, Russia, Germany, Guatemala, Algeria, and France. Feature written by Ziggy Schulting.