‘Devised Theatre’ students present original work
McDaniel College Theatre Arts students present “Intimate Portraits,” an original ensemble-devised work, at 7:30 p.m. April 17-20 in WMC Alumni Hall. Performances are free and open to the public.
“Intimate Portraits” has been created by students in the “Devised Theatre” course under the direction of Gené Fouché, a part-time Theatre Arts faculty member. The course is a collaborative, group-oriented approach to theatre making and uses various creation techniques, including composition, viewpoints, improvisation, found text, adaptation and group writing.
This play utilizes non-linear storytelling, which Fouché said, “unleashes the artists’ creativity and allows us to explore ideas through song, movement and other non-narrative ways.”
Students researched ancestral traditions and looked at these beliefs from a global, cultural and family perspective. The play is a collage of the topics that the students found most interesting.
Although titled “Intimate Portraits,” according to Fouché, “this is not an autobiographical piece.” She said, “We’ve gathered stories from the community, done a great deal of individual research and framed our findings in creative and, hopefully, interesting ways.”
Creators include senior Shelley Hierstetter of Mount Airy, Md., juniors Kelsey Gondek of Avondale, Pa., Elizabeth Maxman of New York, Megan McCargish of Reisterstown, Md., and Elena Waller of Oakland, Calif., sophomores Sarah Hull of Keedysville, Md., Louisa Jenkins of Baltimore, Joshua Meltzer of Woodbury, Minn., and Adrian Rowe of Edgewood, Md., and freshmen Brittany Ensor of Finksburg, Md., Cole Harris of Timonium, Md., Jennifer Litzinger of West Windsor, N.J., and Pia Moreno of Quito, Ecuador.
For more information, call 410-857-2448.