How theater matters -- from formation to transformation in 5 acts | Derek Goldman | TEDxGeorgetown by TEDx Talks   5 years ago

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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Derek Goldman framed his discussion of theater in a global context by a performance of his own. He talks about pursuing theater's potential in the world by taking advantage of political and international character of Georgetown. Theater allows engagement with politics, literature and science and a focus on social justice. He explores the idea of performance as a journey and communal experience.

Dr. Derek Goldman is Artistic Director of the Davis Performing Arts Center and Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University. He is an award-winning stage director, playwright, adapter, developer of new work, teacher, and published scholar, whose artistic work has been seen around the country, Off-Broadway and at numerous major regional theaters, as well as internationally. In recent years he has become increasingly involved in the convergence between global performance and international politics -- as an artist, producer, scholar, educator, convener, and cultural delegate. With Ambassador Cynthia Schneider he is co-Founding Director of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, a joint initiative between the Theater and Performance Studies Program and the School of Foreign Service. His engagement in this area has taken his work in recent years to the Sudan, China, Poland, Peru, Bulgaria, and throughout the UK, among other places.

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