Playing on Common Ground Symposium

FINDING / CREATING / PLAYING ON COMMON GROUND

‘Common Ground’ could mean many things. It can be an area of mutual understanding between opposing viewpoints. It could be a foundation of common interest. It could be the area found at the center of a venn diagram. It could be an actual physical public space such as a ‘commons’. Or it could mean ordinary, everyday ground.

We use Common Ground as a guiding metaphor. How do theatre artists create a common ground; a place of mutual understanding, common interest, that embraces community, and is seated in the ordinary, everyday world. Furthermore, university faculty regularly provide expertise and leadership/future leadership for our communities in areas such as social welfare, education, business, and health care. How can an academic theatre program work within that network to positively impact diverse communities, fields, and individuals in innovative, dynamic ways?

Theatre NDSU is engaged in a long-term investigation designed to challenge preconceptions of theatre's role in the university and community by utilizing ideas and methodologies that place theatre in a broader model. We see the potential of theatre to

  • Rehearse problem solving
  • Explore areas of conflict
  • Imagine the seemingly impossible
  • Develop empathy
  • Build community through shared experience
  • Foster Creativity
  • Communicate information in an engaging manner
  • Entertain!

We invite you to join us as we continue to explore and produce new projects.

ARTISTS TALK ABOUT THEIR WORK:

‘Common Ground’ could mean many things. It can be an area of mutual understanding between opposing viewpoints. It could be a foundation of common interest. It could be the area found at the center of a venn diagram. It could be an actual physical public space such as a ‘commons’. Or it could mean ordinary, everyday ground.

COMMON GROUND CONVERSATIONS – Workshops and symposiums

PLAYING ON COMMON GROUND SYMPOSIUM
MAY 2014

PUBLIC SPECTACLE WORK SHOP WITH FRANK MAJUERI
SEPTEMBER 2016

GALLERY PROJECTS

  • CCRI
  • Story Telling
  • Devon’s Hurt
  • Oil Patch interviews

HAVE YOU GOT A PROJECT FOR US??????

Things to keep in mind:

  • We are a student-focused department. All projects are viewed through the lens of the students’ best interests.
  • Maintaining a quality educational experience means that sometimes it takes a surprising amount of time to design, integrate and launch a project. So please be prepared to be patient!
  • We prefer off-campus events that help us make new friends in the community.
  • Projects are easier to realize if they are self-funding or sponsored.
  • Our students are not just actors! We have directors, storytellers, costume designers, scenic designers, lighting designers, makeup designers, sound designers, scenic carpenters, costume stitchers, playwrights, technicians, scenic artists, and stage managers.

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