It has been such a great experience for me to teach Script Analysis at IU. Students seem to really respond to the plays I select for the course. Last semester we covered Antigone, Venus, The Hypochondriac, Three Sisters and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, among other works. The focus of the course is on envisioning fully-realized productions and in service of that, I have built a design project and staged reading project into the syllabus. This gives students an opportunity to apply the analytical tools we have learned to the practical problem of putting a play onstage. Hopefully, they will take these tools and make use of them for the rest of their theatrical career.
I was a bit jet lagged after flying direct from Hong Kong to Las Vegas (first time in Vegas, baby!), but I had a fantastic time presenting a paper I had written on the Hong Kong avant-garde theatre group Zuni Icosahedron. It was great to reconnect with old friends and meet some new ones too! As AAP’s grad rep, I was tasked with running the grad student events: a pre-conference meetup, a mentor lunch, and the post-schmoozefest grad student cocktail time- affectionately called the “grad student drinky-poo.” A good time was had by all. The contingent of grad students from Hawai’i were lovely to meet and they all presented interesting scholarship as well. I managed to see one Cirque du Soleil show- but alas- I shall have to see more the next time I’m in Vegas!