Playing on Common Ground Symposium September 22-25, 2016

North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D.

What is Common Ground?

On Sept. 22-25, the NDSU Department of Theatre Arts is offering a free workshop series called “Playing on Common Ground: Understanding Spectacle and Imagining Civic Art,” led by Frank Maugeri, a Chicago-based theater visionary and community builder.

Maugeri and his team will provide lectures, exercises and discussions throughout the four-day workshop to introduce area artists and community members to the international movement of celebratory spectacle, modern ritual and civic art. Participants will work in small groups to generate event ideas and develop initial action plans for interactive community spectacle experiences to be imagined for the residents of Fargo-Moorhead.

The workshop is free of charge but participation is limited to 50, so participants will be notified of acceptance following registration. Sign-up is required by no later than Sept. 9. Applicants can sign up here.

Maugeri is the community programs artistic director at Chicago Children’s Theatre and spent two decades as producing artistic director with the acclaimed performance company Redmoon Theater.

Plains Art Museum is partnering with NDSU Theatre Arts to host the opening presentation and reception on Sept. 22 from 7 – 9:45 p.m. Workshop events will be held at NDSU Askanase Hall. Support for the workshop is provided by the Bush Foundation through its Community Innovation Grant Program.

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.

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