Faculty Fanfare

DANA TAI SOON BURGESS,Associate Professor of Dance
 I have been asked to create a new work for the National Gallery based on the Diagelev and the Ballets Russes exhibition entitled "When Art Danced with Music."  The work will premiere on August 11.  I have also been named a Mayoral Commissioner for the APIA Commission.


ALLYSON STOKES, Adjunct Professor of Theatre:

My play BENCHED runs with fellow GWU professor Renee Calarco's play BLEED at The Writer's Center in Bethesda.   It's being produced by Pinky Swear Productions - tickets info is on their website.  We run through May 19th.

My play CAESAR AND DADA is premiering at WSC Avant Bard this June 19 and runs through July 14.  It's being presented at The Callan Theatre at The Catholic University of America.

My brand new (as in, not-yet-finished - gulp!) play THE SOONER CHILD is having its first staged reading with 1st Draft Reading Series on May 20th at The Arts Club of Washington.  This is a free event.


SIGRIDUR JOHANNESDOTTIRAssistant Professor of Theatre:
 I costumed two productions outside of the department:
Common Threads: Mary Lincoln, Varina Davis, and Elizabeth Keckley
National Portrait Gallery, Cultures in Motion Program
Monday, March 25, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)


The Elder Statesmen by T.S. Eliot
Currently at The Washington Stage Guild.


ELIZABETH KITSOS-KANG, Adjunct Professor of Theatre:
This semester I received a grant and partnered with GW Hospital’s Washington D.C. Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium to form a larger partnership with our department, Educational Theatre Company and AHC Hunter’s Park Independent Living facility for Senior Citizens.

Over a series of 6 visits, I taught 4 GW playwriting students and 5 senior citizens to work together on building scripts (monologues and scenes) from real life stories of the participants. These stories were shared through story swapping and theatre exercises based on themes from student written plays. The developed scripts were then written by the 4 students after the first few workshops had concluded. After the scripts were completed, the senior citizens and the students met to rehearse the new material, and then shared it through two public performances. They performed side by side- senior citizens and GW students as an intergenerational creation of new theatre works. The performances were held in February at the Independent living Facility, and at The George Washington University as part of our week long New Plays Festival. I developed the curriculum and taught and led the project.

Here is a link to the GW Performance

In April I presented at a Conference for The Washington DC Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium called Collaborations for Excellence in Geriatric Education. It was a Professional Development Program for health care professionals about: Interprofessional Care for the Older Adult

I was able to show clips from our performances at GW during theNew Plays Festival. The title of my presentation was, Treating the Whole Person, Reflecting on the Personal Stories of Older Adults.  The objective was to improve health outcomes by encouraging health care providers to listen and reflect on conversations with older adults. By using theatre and the arts in general, healthcare outcomes for older adults are greatly improved.

This summer I will manage my company ETC’s 20 summer camp sessions. I will also direct the Colonial Inauguration Scenes from College Life and facilitate a large discussion with the parents of the incoming freshman regarding sensitive issues faced during college years. In addition, I will work with Street Sense- (A group that helps the homeless) by facilitating and teaching writing workshops where devised work is created through personal stories shared and written.


Alan Wade, Professor of Theatre:
I served in a pro bono capacity as Interim Artistic Director of The Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, December – February.


Maida WithersProfessor of Dance:  
Spring 2013 has been a fascinating time for international touring with Maida Withers Dance Construction Company.  Tours included Barents Spektakel in Kirkines, Norway (border with Russia north of Finland); Manchester University Arts Exhibition and Performances, Manchester, England with GW alumni Vincent Cacalano, director of the program; Viseos Urbanas Festival in Sao Paulo Brazil and performance at Teatro Cacilda Becker in Rio de Janeiro. The Company along with Steve Hilmy, composer, will perform at the Seattle International Dance Festival June 21 and at the Conduit Theatre in Portland, Oregon on June 22, 2013.  It has all in all been an incredible year both at the University and with MWDCCo.