Page to Stage: Creating New Art from Old Plays
Monday, March 14
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Westin Austin Downtown
310 E 5th ST
Attempting to recreate a historical moment of theatre can steer the future of performance toward something entirely new. Using extant reviews, playbills, engravings, songs, paintings, and historical references - all provided by scholar collaborators, the Hidden Room Theatre has been working to recreate original practices for plays from the 17th and 18th Centuries. In doing so they have not only been able to shed light on how these plays may have been performed and received, but have created forms of theatre not seen in the modern era. It's an exciting time to be a historically-minded practitioner, and wildly impactful to be a scholar willing to let their research come off the page.
The Hidden Room Theatre
Beth Burns is the artistic director/theatrical deviser for the Hidden Room Theatre. The Hidden Room specializes in original practices classics, technologically forward thinking new works, and rare...Show the rest
Beth Burns is the artistic director/theatrical deviser for the Hidden Room Theatre. The Hidden Room specializes in original practices classics, technologically forward thinking new works, and rarely performed oddities. We are constantly looking for the lines where art and scholarship, performance and technology, the past and the future collide. Voted one of the “Top Ten Theatrical Wonders” and "Best of Austin" by the Austin Chronicle, Hidden Room productions have been listed in Best of Fest Edinburgh Fringe, and have been featured in the BBC World News Television and Radio, London's Channel 4, the Guardian and more.
Our current productions, der Bestrafte Brudermord and Tate's Lear are collaborations with Oxford University's Tiffany Stern and the American Shakespeare Center, and are touring the US and the UK through 2017.
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Cline Curator of Theater & Performing Arts
Harry Ransom Center
Eric Colleary is the Cline Curator for Theatre and the Performing Arts at the Harry Ransom Center. He holds a Ph.D. in Theatre Historiography from the University of Minnesota. Prior to coming to th...Show the rest
Eric Colleary is the Cline Curator for Theatre and the Performing Arts at the Harry Ransom Center. He holds a Ph.D. in Theatre Historiography from the University of Minnesota. Prior to coming to the University of Texas at Austin, he was a visiting professor in Theatre and Dance at Macalester College in Saint Paul. In his current position with the Ransom Center, Dr. Colleary is responsible for the interpretation and management of the center’s vast performing arts holdings. The Ransom Center has extensive holdings of major American and British dramatists including David Hare, Lillian Hellman, Adrienne Kennedy, Terrence McNally, Arthur Miller, George Bernard Shaw, Sam Shepard, Tom Stoppard, and Tennessee Williams, among others. Performer archives include Stella Adler, Edith Evans, and Spalding Gray. Within these archives are manuscripts, correspondence, notes, photographs, and performance programs and ephemera. The performing arts collections contain materials documenting a wide variety of performance genres in the United Kingdom and America. The collections feature holdings in theater, dance, costume and scenic design, opera, and popular entertainments, such as the circus, vaudeville, minstrel shows, puppetry, and magic. The creative process, from concept and staging to publication and revival, constitutes the primary focus of these collections.Hide the rest
The Hidden Room Theatre
Judd Farris is a teacher, actor, and Hidden Room collaborator living in Austin, Texas. He has previously worked with Professor Tiffany Stern on Der Bestrafte Brudermord and The History of King Lear...Show the rest
Judd Farris is a teacher, actor, and Hidden Room collaborator living in Austin, Texas. He has previously worked with Professor Tiffany Stern on Der Bestrafte Brudermord and The History of King Lear by Nahum Tate. Farris has a BFA from Texas State University in Acting, and has studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon.Hide the rest
Professor, Early Modern Drama