Keynote Speaker Lucienne Guedes Fahrer Workshops and Lecture

The Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance, The Association for Research in Theater at IU, and Indiana University Student Association invite you to workshops and a lecture by:

Lucienne Guedes Fahrer  (University of São Paulo/Teatro da Vertigem)

Lucienne Guedes Fahrer

Lucienne Guedes Fahrer


“Working with Actors in Site-Specific Performance”

Tuesday, December 9, from 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Studio Theatre (Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center. 275 North Jordan Ave, Bloomington, IN)



“The Works of Lucienne Guedes Fahrer and the São Paulo Theatre Scene”

Wednesday, December 10, at 5:30 pm

A200 (Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center)


“The Collaborative Playwriting Process”

Thursday, December 11, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Studio Theatre (Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center)

Another lecture, co-sponsored with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, will be offered in the Redbud Room of the Indiana Memorial Union, Wednesday, December 10, at 2:30 pm. This lecture will be in the Portuguese language and is entitled “O Processo Colaborativo de Criação.”


Distinguished Acting Teacher Visits IU Theatre

Robert Benedetti

Dr. Robert Benedetti on Acting and the Current State of Theatre, Film, and Television

Robert Benedetti, PhD is a distinguished teacher of theatre who has had a forty-year career as a professor, director, and producer, and is the author of six books on stage and film. He was Dean of the School of Theatre at the California Institute of the Arts and Chairman of the Acting Department at the Yale Drama School, and won three Emmys and the Peabody Award for his films for HBO.

Thursday, April 10 | 5:30 pm
The Studio Theatre
2nd Flr., Lee Norvelle Theatre & Drama Center

ROBERT BENEDETTI received his PhD from Northwestern University. After serving as Artistic Director of the Court Theatre in Chicago, he was an early member of Chicago’s Second City Theatre, and then taught for fifty years at the University of Wisconsin, Carnegie-Mellon University, The National Theatre School of Canada, and the University of California, Riverside.

He was Chairman of Theatre at York University in Toronto, Chairman of the Acting Program at the Yale Drama School, and for eight years Dean of Theatre at The California Institute of the Arts. He was until 2011 a tenured Full Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Artistic Director of the Nevada Conservatory Theatre.

Benedetti has directed at many regional theatres, including the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Australia’s Melbourne Theatre Company, the Milwaukee, South Coast, and San Diego Repertory Theatres, the Oregon, Colorado, and Great Lakes Shakespeare festivals, and many others.

He has also worked in the art museum field, recreating the 1913 Futurist Opera VICTORY OVER THE SUN by Kasimir Malevich for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and has also created shows on German Expressionism and Russian Agitprop. His productions have appeared at the Berlin Festival, the Demeervart in Amsterdam, the Hirschhorn Museum at the Smithsonian, and the Brooklyn Academy. His films are in the permanent collection of MoMA and many other museums and university art departments.

He served as an advisor to the U. S. Department of Education and as a Fulbright Panelist. As President of Ted Danson’s Anasazi Productions at Paramount Studios, and later as an independent screenwriter/producer, he won three Best Picture Emmys, two Humanitas Prizes, and a Peabody Award for producing Miss Evers’ Boys and A Lesson Before Dying for HBO, and six other films. He most recently completed a screenplay for HBO on the 1885 Chicago Haymarket bombing.

Benedetti has also written six books on acting and film production, including The Actor At Work (10th edition), The Actor in You (5th edition), ACTION! Acting for Film and Television, and From Concept to Screen, an Overview of Film and TV Production.

In 2005 he received the Lifetime Career Achievement Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). In 2012 he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center.

This Friday 4/11 and next Friday 4/18  Robert Benedetti will ALSO be first in AD 060 from 1:00 to 3:00 and then in The Studio Theatre from 3:00 to 4:00.

Apr 7: IU French & Italian Present Dr. Maurice Samuels on Mlle. Rachel and the “Golden Age” of Jewish Theatre

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Mlle. Rachel (1855) by Edmond-Aimé-Florentin Geffroy

France’s Jewish Star: Mlle. Rachel at the Comédie Française

Monday, April 7, 2014 | 6:00 pm
Persimmon Room, Indiana Memorial Union

This talk examines one of the most stunning cases of Jewish integration in the “golden age” following emancipation: Rachel Félix, who became France’s most celebrated actress in the 1830s and 40s with her electrifying performances as the heroines of Racine and Corneille at the Comédie Française. The daughter of poor, Yiddish-speaking peddlers, Rachel single-handedly revived the neo-classical theatrical tradition while at the same time maintaining — some would say flaunting — her Jewish identity.  Reading the critical response to Rachel from the time, the speaker shows how she offered a model for the way French universalism, embodied in the neo-classical tradition, could be enabled rather than hindered by Jewishness.

This talks is sponsored by the Mary-Margaret Barr Koon Fund of the Department of French & Italian.

If you have a disability and need assistance, accommodations can be made to meet most needs. Please call 855-5458.

Dr. Maurice Samuels, Yale University

Dr. Maurice Samuels, Yale University

MAURICE SAMUELS is the Betty Jane Anlyan Professor of French in the Department of French at Yale University. He specializes in the literature and culture of 19th-century France and in Jewish Studies. He is the author of The Spectacular Past:  Popular History and the Novel in Nineteenth-Century France (Cornell UP, 2004) and Inventing the Israelite:  Jewish Fiction in Nineteenth-Century France (Stanford UP, 2010), which won the MLA’s Scaglione Prize. He is also co-editor of a Nineteenth-Century Jewish Literature Reader (Stanford UP, 2013) and is currently working on a new book on the relationship of antisemitism and philosemitism in France, from the French Revolution to the present.



Mar. 4: Spanish & Portuguese present Luís Madureira on Theatre in Mozambique

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“Where ‘God is like a Longing’: Theater and Social Vulnerability in Mozambique.”

Tuesday, March 4th — 4:30 pm
Georgian Room, Indiana Memorial Union

The result of research conducted in Maputo, Mozambique between February and December 2010, Professor Luís Madureira’s paper aims to understand how the sustained and diverse performance culture that has thrived in Mozambique since the early 1980s entails a novel and effective mode of exercising citizenship—to gauge the extent to which, for both spectators and theatre workers, drama constituted a powerful form of political participation.

Operating under the assumption that Mozambican theatre opened up spaces for the negotiation and re-articulation of ethnic, class and gender identifications both against and alongside dominant nationalist discourses, in the course of my investigation, I was compelled to rethink my hypotheses. In the paper I will be presenting, I will try to explain why I needed to revise my original hypothesis and will then attempt to broach an interrogation of how (and indeed whether), in the course of Mozambique’s tumultuous recent history, theater has succeeded in catalyzing, or at least symbolizing, social change and political participation in rural and peri-urban zones.

Luís Madureira

Dr. Luís Madureira, University of Wisconsin – Madison

LUÍS MADUREIRA earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California at San Diego, and his major areas of specialization include Luso-Brazilian colonial and postcolonial studies, as well as Modernism and Modernity in Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean. He has written two books, Imaginary Geographies in Portuguese and Lusophone-African Literature: Narratives of Discovery and Empire (Mellen 2007), which studies figurations of empire, nation and revolution in Portuguese and Lusophone African literatures, and Cannibal Modernities: Postcoloniality and the Avant-garde in Caribbean and Brazilian Literature (University of Virginia Press  2005), a reexamination of the Brazilian and Caribbean avant-gardes from a postcolonial perspective. He has published several articles on topics ranging from Luso-Brazilian literature and cinema to early modern travel narratives and postcolonial theory. His current research focuses on Mozambican theatre and the politics of time in contemporary Lusophone fiction.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Department of Theater, Drama and Contemporary Dance, and IU’s African Studies Program.

Feb. 27: Theatre Circle Presents Dr. Amy E. Cook on King Lear and Cognitive Science

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Being and seeing bodies speak onstage is powerful—it manages to change minds. The seemingly simple ability to watch, understand, appreciate, and be moved by a theatrical production is, in fact, an extraordinary cognitive and biological feat. In this, the final Theatre Circle Lecture of the season, Dr. Amy Cook focuses on the performance of science and the science of performance in Shakespeare’s language, examining how conceptual linguistics illuminates Cordelia’s invocation of “nothing,” in the King Lear’s opening scene and Lear’s desperate attempt to capture some sign of life from his daughter at the play’s end.

Thursday, February 27 | 5:30 pm
Studio Theatre
2nd Floor, Lee Norvelle Theatre & Drama Center
Corner of 7th and Jordan

Dr. Amy Cook, Theatre History, Theory, & Literature

AMY COOK is Associate Professor of Theatre History, Theory, and Literature at Indiana University. She specializes in the intersection of cognitive science (particularly cognitive linguistics, theories of embodied and embedded cognition, and empathy), and theories of performance, theatre history and dramaturgy, early modern drama, and contemporary productions of Shakespeare. Her book, Shakespearean Neuroplay: Reinvigorating the Study of Dramatic Texts and Performance through Cognitive Science, provides a methodology for applying cognitive science to the study of drama and performance. With Shakespeare’s Hamlet as a test subject and the cognitive linguistic theory of conceptual blending as a tool, Cook unravels the “mirror held up to nature” at the center of Shakespeare’s play. She is co-chair, with John Lutterbie, of the Cognitive Science in Theatre and Performance Working Group at the American Society of Theatre Research conference (2010 and 2011).

She was a Mellon Fellow in dramaturgy, directing, and dramatic literature at Emory University in Atlanta, where she was commissioned to write a documentary theatre piece on race at Emory University, presented at the Brave New Works Festival in February of 2009. She received her Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama at University of California, San Diego where she studied with Louis Montrose, Bryan Reynolds, Jim Carmody, Janet Smarr, and cognitive scientists Gilles Fauconnier, Rafael Núñez, and Seana Coulson. She got received her B.A. in theatre directing and psychology (a self-designed individual concentration through the Honors Program) from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Mar. 4: IU French & Italian Presents Dr. Georgia Cowart on Watteau and 18th C. French Opera

Performing a New France: Watteau, the Musical Stage, and the Burial of Louis XI

Tuesday, March 4th | 5:30 pm
Simon Music Building, Room 242
200 S. Jordan Ave. (behind the fountain)

Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) worked briefly as a set painter at the Paris Opera House around 1702-1703, and a number of his most well-known paintings can be explained via a series of pieces performed in the musical theater of that time. These works encode a critique of the increasingly unpopular rule of the aging Louis XIV, while offering utopian visions of a new France. Drawing on the opera, ballet, and commedia dell’arte, the presentation will examine the imagery of The French Comedians, The Italian Comedians, Mezzetin, and other works as they respond to and participate in a theatrical game of masks involving satire, parody, and allusion.

Dr. Georgia Cowart, Case Western University

GEORGIA COWART is Professor of Music at Case Western Reserve University. She has published three books and a number of articles on music, the arts, and cultural politics in early modern France. Her most recent book, The Triumph of Pleasure: Louis XIV and the Politics of Spectacle (University of Chicago Press, 2008), focused on the shifting intersections of the arts, ideology, and aesthetics at the court of Louis XIV and in the Parisian public sphere in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.  She is currently at work on a book manuscript, tentatively titled “Performing a New France: Watteau, Spectacle, and the Sunset of Absolutism.”

From 2007-09, Prof. Cowart served as Sylvan C. and Pamela Coleman Memorial Fund Senior Fellow in Art History at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and as guest curator of the Met exhibition “Watteau, Music & Theater” (Fall 2009). From 2011-12 she served as Marta Sutton Weeks Senior Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center.

This talk made possible by the kind sponsorship of the Mary-Margaret Barr Koon Fund of the Department of French & Italian, Department of the History of Art, the Renaissance Studies Program, Department of Theatre, Drama, & Contemporary Dance, IU’s Center for 18th-Century Studies, Department of Musicology

If you have a disability and need assistance, accommodations can be made to meet most needs. Please call (812) 855-5458.

Mar 4: Mathers Museum Presents Dr. John Laudun on the Material Culture of Mardi Gras

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Tuesday, March 4 || 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Mathers Museum of World Culture
416 N. Indiana Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408

The Mermentau Mardi Gras, the Krewe de Foux (crew of fools), as they call themselves, traverse the small corner of the south Louisiana landscape known as Mermentau Cove. This presentation by John Laudun, an Associate Professor of English at the University of Louisiana, seeks to sketch a simple matrix of objects and ideas, in an attempt to understand not only how people manifest themselves in the world but also how they make their world manifest using both the ordinary and extraordinary means available to them during the particular festival moment that is Mardi Gras in the Louisiana prairies.

Dr. John Laudun, University of Louisiana

Dr. John Laudun, University of Louisiana

JOHN LAUDUN is Associate Professor of English at the University of Louisiana where he teaches courses in folklore, creativity studies, and documentary studies. He received his MA in literary studies from Syracuse University in 1989 and his PhD in folklore studies from the Folklore Institute at Indiana University in 1999. He was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow and a MacArthur Scholar at the Indiana Center for Global Change and World Peace (1993-94). His forthcoming monograph, The Makers of Things: How a Bunch of Cajun and German Farmers and Fabricators Invented a Traditional Amphibious Boat (University Press of Mississippi 2014), is the first book-length study of Louisiana material culture wherein Laudun investigates how the residents of the southern part of the state actually imagine the landscape on which they live and work.