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2014-2015 Guest Artist Series
R.W. (Rick) Boychuk has been a student, teacher, technical director, IA stagehand, designer and, recently, inventor of the front-loading arbor, and now an author. A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan in technical theatre, Rick has worked in the industry for over 40 years. Rick owns and operates Grid Well, Inc. in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Rick will be giving a seminar and Q&A session on April 1 concerning his new book, Nobody Looks Up: The History of the Counterweight Rigging System: 1500-1925, a must-read for all who work in and around technical theatre - stagehands, crew, manufacturers, designers, suppliers, consultants, and, most importantly, those who are teaching the next generation of technicians.
Instructor of Theatre Arts, Interlochen Arts Academy
M.F.A., Physical Theatre, Dell'Arte School of Physical Theatre; B.A., Theatre and Anthropolgy, Beloit College
Gulshirin is originally from Bombay, India. Having gotten her B.A. in Theatre and Anthropology from Beloit College and her M.F.A. in Ensemble based Physical Theatre from the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre she works within the pedagogy of theatre practitioner Jacques Lecoq (physical theatre, commedia dell’Arte, melodrama, clown, street theatre and devised work) and has performed at several festivals and institutions in India and the US. Having a strong interest in Eastern forms of theatre and the Anthropology of Theatre, she started studying Japanese Noh theatre with Rick Emmert (Kita School) and the late Mitsuo Kama (Ko School) in 2002 at the Noh Training Project and joined Theatre Nohgaku in 2008. She is primarily a free-lance artist and has taught at institutions such as the University of Michigan, Calvin College, Notre Dame University, University of Georgia (Athens), Beloit College and works regularly with the acclaimed children's theatre company Wild Swan Theater in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In India, she was co-creator of the environmental theatre company Clean Air Island, which was commissioned by Greenpeace International to tour a show about the Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1984.
Jeff Whiting, Open Jar Institute, NYC
Bio: Associate Director/Choreographer
Credits: Broadway: Big Fish, The Scottsboro Boys, Young Frankenstein, Hair, Wicked (5th Anniv.). Off-Broadway: Happiness (Lincoln Center); The Scottsboro Boys (Vineyard). International: Jersey Boys (West End). National Tours: Young Frankenstein, The Scottsboro Boys, The Producers, Hairspray. Opera: Kiss Me Kate (Glimmerglass). Upcoming: Little Dancer, Bullets Over Broadway.
Laura has over twenty years of professional experience as an entertainment technologist. Working across a diverse group of production environments Laura seeks to demystify the technological hurdles to creative visions. This includes merging the toolsets of video, lighting, audio and scenic automation into one unified visual experience. Her work includes Broadway shows like Matilda & Spamalot, concert experiences from David Bowie to Miley Cyrus to Savion Glover and televised events from Olympic Opening Ceremonies to the Latin Grammy Awards
Laura transitioned from lighting programming to media server programming and more recently to working as a screens producer on events like, Miss America, CMT’s Music Awards and Turner Broadcasting’s Annual Upfront. Her process in planning shows has led to groundbreaking work using WebGL technology as a show production tool for scenic video.
Productions she has worked on include:
Spamalot David Bowie
Ghost, the Musical Madonna
Shrek Miley Cyrus
9 to 5: the Musical Martina McBride
The Drowsy Chaparone I Heart Radio (2012)
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Anastacia
Gypsy Savion Glover
School of Rock CBS Upfront Xbox@ E3
Manchurian Candidate Turner Networks Annual Upfront
Superbowl Halftime Show
Latin Grammy Awards
MTV Movie Awards
Billboard Music Awards
Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies
Glenna Batson, P.T., Sc.D., M.A., Professor Emeritus, Physiotherapy, Winston – Salem State University, USA, faculty American Dance Festival and Hollins/ADF M.F.A. programme (1986/2004), internationally recognized teacher, Alexander Technique (qualified 1989); three decade synthesis of dance science somatics theory and practice as scholar, dance educator and practitioner; Fulbright Senior Specialist, London (Trinity Laban Conservatoire, 2009) and Estonia (2011). Her current research interests include the effects of improvisational dance on Parkinson’s disease and of the Alexander Technique on balance in the elderly, and validating assessment tools for balance in dancers. She is co-editor of Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives (Intellect Press, 2012). She is author of Body and Mind in Motion – Somatics as Science in 21st Century Dance (Intellect Press, 2013).