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March 18: Carnegie Mellon's Center for the Arts in Society Presents Panel Discussion on "Greening the Future of Live Performance"

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Carnegie Mellon's Center for the Arts in Society Presents
Panel Discussion on "Greening the Future of Live Performance"

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Center for the Arts in Society (CAS) will present a panel discussion on the intersection of ecology and performance from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 26 in the university's Margaret Morrison Breed Hall. Katie Gough, Theresa May and Tom Van Sant, leaders in the field of ecology and performance, will present ideas on how to raise awareness of ecological issues and productively represent nature in theater and performance.
    
Gough will present topics on how people can make sense of nature and the cultural divide in performance studies. She currently teaches in the Theater, Film and Television Department at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and has been published extensively in journals, including Performance Research and Modern Drama.  
    
May will present topics on how to combine ecology and dramaturgy and what "green" questions dramaturges should ask when developing a play. May is an assistant professor of theatre arts at the University of Oregon. She is the founding director of Seattle's Theatre in the Wild, co-author of the book "Greening Up Our Houses: A Guide to More Ecologically Sound Theatre" and director of the Earth Matters on Stage Eco-Drama Festival in Eugene, Ore.
    
Van Sant will present a larger perspective on the relationship of ecology and performance. He is the founder of the GeoSphere Project, a corporation for the development of advanced global and environmental display systems. He is a sculptor, painter and conceptual artist who has executed more than 60 major commissions for public spaces around the world.
    
A light reception will precede the panel at 4 p.m. The Performance and Ecology Initiative within CAS's Public Art Research Cluster will host the discussion. For information on the initiative, contact Wendy Arons at warons@andrew.cmu.edu. For information on the Center for the Arts in Society, visit www.hss.cmu.edu/cas/.

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