About this Site

The Name of this Blog

Since the popularization of naturalist acting in the 19th century, we have grown accustomed to watching “living room dramas” where the set realistically represents a room in a family’s home, complete with three fully decorated walls.  The only difference between these realistic sets and a real living room is that “the fourth wall” has been removed to allow the audience to peer in and oversee life-like action.  This invisible “fourth wall” has come to symbolizer the divide between the audience and theatrical world of the play on stage that is now a common convention of contemporary theater.

In my project, there are many “great walls” or “conventions” I am trying to topple: the divide between professional/specialist artistic creation and non-professional participation, traditional notions of pedagogy, ideas about what theater is and what it can do.

The Content of this Blog

For now, this blog will have the following categories of posts:

Pieces: short, analytical pieces on my own theater-related work and performances I attend

Class Action: reflections on my experience teaching the third year applied theater workshop at the Shanghai Theatre Academy

Workshops and Projects: notes about projects I am carrying out with local schools, NGOs, and communities

PLEASE NOTE that this is NOT an official Fulbright Program blog and that the views expressed here are my own and not the views of the Fulbright Program, the U.S. Department of State, or any of its partner organizations.

2 Responses to “About this Site”
  1. David says:

    This is great work — keep me posted on updates!

  2. Susan says:

    Very interesting work, a real cultural exchange!

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