Playing on Common Ground SymposiumMay 1-3, 2014

North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D.

What is Playing on Common Ground?

Playing on Common Ground will feature artists and academics who will, through a combination of workshops, presentations, and cross-disciplinary conversations, challenge our preconceptions of theatre's role in the community and university by utilizing ideas and methodologies that place theatre in a broader context than the single production model.

Award-winning theatre director Ann Bogart writes:

  "Over the past several years we have experienced a seismic shift in the way the world functions. Any notion of a certain, stable or inevitable future has vanished. We are living in what the Polish philosopher Zygmunt Bauman calls, liquid modernity. We are confronted with challenges never previously encountered.

  “In the midst of all this reeling and realignment, the moment is ripe to activate new models for and proposals about how arts organizations can function and flourish in the present climate and into our uncertain future. How can we begin to think of ourselves, rather than stagers of plays, as orchestrators of social interactions in which a performance is a part, but only a fragment of that interaction?  How can we develop communities of individuals who are participants of an ongoing dialogue?"

Playing on Common Ground will explore these questions and others through hands-on learning, peer to peer conversation, and interdisciplinary brainstorming.

Who should attend?

Theatre artists, performance practitioners, students, community leaders, social entrepreneurs . . . in short, anyone intrigued or passionate about using theater and storytelling to build a better society.

Call for Projects and Proposals

The symposium committee is currently seeking projects and proposals. Please click here for more information.

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