Thursday, February 15, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (ET)
STO STO 106 Multicultural Center (MCC)
Event Type
Workshop/Information Session
Sullivan, Walter H
President's Office

Workshop: World-Building
Thursday, February 15
7-9:30 pm
Stokes 106

With Mary Tuomanen, Friend in Residence, and Applied Mechanics 

The World-Building Workshop allows students to do the impossible: create, in detail, an imaginary society. In this class, both utopias and dystopias are built from scratch, and entire cultures can be invented with their own language, soundscape, physicality and architecture. Once multiple worlds exist, they are brought into contact with each other in guided improvisations, exploring cross-cultural communication and translation. This is a fabulous challenge for students in a multitude of courses of study, including theater, modern language, sociology, anthropology and political science.

Mary Tuomanen is a playwright and performer recently named the 2017 F. Otto Haas Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist by Theatre Philadelphia.  She received the inaugural Artist Residency at Christ Church Neighborhood House for her play, Peaceable Kingdom (2017). The play was nominated for 7 Barrymore Awards, receiving honors for outstanding costume design as well as the Virginia Brown Martin Philadelphia Award for best particular understanding of our global community.

She alternately attends Friends Meeting of Philadelphia and Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. 

Applied Mechanics is a radical theater collective whichcreates intricate, immersive worlds and invites the audience in to watch all the stories that unfold there. They believe that there is more than one story to tell about any given thing: their work depicts many stories at once and invites the audience to choose what to watch.  Their work asks performers and audience to share space, and gives audience members agency and freedom of movement. Their art is an exercise in empathy and transformation. They believe that art can be a powerful force in the struggle against nationalism, fascism, misogyny, racism, xenophobia, and bigotry. The art they make is part of that fight. More at: 

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