January 19, 2016

Inaugural Guest Artist Residency Program

The Department of Theatre in partnership with The Center for Entrepreneurship is proud to announce that we are hosting theatre artist Aaron Landsman in our inaugural Guest Artist Residency Program. 

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The Department of Theatre in partnership with The Center for Entrepreneurship is proud to announce that we are hosting theatre artist Aaron Landsman in our inaugural Guest Artist Residency Program. This two week program invites a Guest Artist with significant standing in our field to come to campus to work with students on a new work of theatre. The Residency is composed of two phases, a workshop phase where 8-10 students work closely with an artist to develop new work, and a presentation phase which will include a workshop showing of the new work, panel discussions, and a Master Class offered to the wider Lewis & Clark Community.

All students are welcome to join us for any of the following events:
Artist Roundtable
Marking Art In the World: Support, Process and Balance
Friday January 22nd 

Black Box

This roundtable discussion takes on thorny practical questions about being a contemporary theater artist. How long does it take to establish yourself? How should I manage my time? What kind of day job should I get? How do I raise money, and how much does it cost to make theater? How do I think long term about where I want to go in my career? What if I want to do more than one thing? Participants are asked to come in with a burning question – either one of the above, or another of their choosing.


Workshop Showing
Friday January 22nd

Black Box

Join us as residency participants share the work that has been generated throughout the workshop. Aaron has been working with students to develop his newest work, Perfect CityPerfect City is about the way cities like New York, London, San Paolo and Portland, harness seemingly progressive values to create citadels for the rich. Comprised of workshops on ethnographic storytelling for residents of the Lower East Side, a performance created with young people in low-income housing and urban planners, and one-on-one conversations with strangers, Perfect City is funded by Jerome, and will be presented by Crossing The Line at Abrons Arts Center in 2016.

Master Class
How To Talk To People: A Workshop on Ethnographic Theatre
Saturday January 23rd

Black Box


This workshop introduces participants to a way of making theater with community participants. We will work on interview and observation techniques with real people and places, and then translating that fieldwork into adventurous artistic gestures. Please bring a notebook and something to write with. Since 2001, Landsman has made work with community participants at home in New York, in several US cities, and overseas. His social partners include urban planners, elected officials, homeless young people, 7th graders, skateboarders, church choirs, dot com yuppies, filmmakers, directors, composers and actors.

Limit of 20  - Please email beeny@lclark.edu to reserve your spot.
About Aaron Landsman
Aaron Landsman makes performances that are staged in homes, offices, theaters, buses and other locations. His current work City Council Meeting, created in collaboration with director Mallory Catlett and designer Jim Findlay, has been presented in New York, Tempe and Houston, and is upcoming in San Francisco and Keene, NH. His previous work has been commissioned and produced by The Foundry Theatre and PS122 in New York, DiverseWorks in Houston, and KulturaNova in Novi Sad, Serbia. Upcoming projects include a new commission from EMPAC in Troy, NY, in collaboration with filmmaker Brent Green, a play at The Chocolate Factory Theatre in Queens, and a multi-platform work called Perfect City. Aaron is the current artist-in-residence at ASU Gammage in Tempe, AZ. Aaron has also worked as an actor with Elevator Repair Service Theater, Julia Jarcho, Richard Maxwell, Tory Vazquez and Deke Weaver, among other artists.